English translation: non-release hold button/key/whatever
Login or register (free and only takes a few minutes) to participate in this question.
You will also have access to many other tools and opportunities designed for those who have language-related jobs (or are passionate about them). Participation is free and the site has a strict confidentiality policy.
18:32 Feb 10, 2007
Italian to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Mechanics / Mech Engineering / machinery
Italian term or phrase:comando ad azione mantenuta
Good evening (if it is evening where you are right now!)
We've now moved onto a list of precautions.
Danger: getting your hand cut off by the machine
Precaution: Comando ad azione mantenuta
I understand what it is, but I just can't seem to find a way of putting it that doesn't sound silly.
Explanation: A handle (knob, lever, etc.) that the operator must hold in a certain position (thus occupying his hand) while the machine is working.
The expression 'dead man's handle' originally referred to a lever in a railway loco drivers cab which had to be held down to release the train brakes. If the driver died and fell off his stool, he automatically let go of the handle, the brakes were applied and the train stopped.
Robin Levey Chile Local time: 23:56 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 60
maintained operation control/control of maintained operation
Explanation: I would say...
...which implies as a precaution - checking/controlling that the on/off switch which puts the machine to work be in place so that the machine doesn't start to operate when it should not causing accidents like cutting off your hands.
Here is a link I found where the terms are used. Good luck!