Relays and Switches
DX48H series - “Green” switches - recyclable switch series from GREATECS
Innovative and recyclable switches expand the product range of GREATECS. The five new switch series are halogen-free. Due to the use of environmentally friendly materials the components can be submitted to a recycling process. At the market launch the series include DIP, slide, standard tactile, low profile tactile and double action switches.
C&K - High-Reliability Toggle Switches Qualified to MIL-S-83731 Specifications
C&K Components, a leading international supplier of tact switches, toggle, rocker and pushbutton switches, and smart card interconnect devices, has developed a new family of mil-qualified toggle switches. Qualified to MIL-S-83731 specifications, the toggle switches feature 50µ-inch selective gold contact plating and are rated for logic level to 5A resistive loads and 2A inductive loads.
ITW push-button switches from Aerco
New from Aerco is a range of competitively priced, miniature, sealed, push-button switches from ITW. The Series 48 is a multi-option, sealed switch that offers a wide choice of mounting styles, button and LED colours, terminations and bezels in one compact size. Versions are available for momentary or maintained switching.
Vishay Sfernice Panel Potentiometer Features Long Life of 2 Million Cycles
Vishay has announced that it has doubled the rotational life of its P30L compact panel potentiometers, which are now specified to deliver 2 million cycles at rated power. The potentiometers' power rating has also been increased, from 2 W to 3 W. The long-life performance of the P30L reduces the need for replacement parts, increasing reliability and lowering maintenance costs. Its rotational life of 2 million cycles represents at least a 20-fold improvement over standard potentiometers, which typically reach 50,000 to 100,000 cycles.
Bourns Rotary Magnetic Encoders for Harsh Environment Applications
Bourns has introduced the EMS22, a new line of rotary magnetic encoders that offer design flexibility along with enhanced reliability and better performance than traditional optical and contacting encoders. The EMS22 products feature a Hall Effect application-specific standard product (ASSP) capable of producing four distinct waveforms including quadrature, direction/step, absolute and PWM waveforms. These encoders can be interconnected in a daisy-chain configuration for a serial read-output option, which is beneficial in the case where memory overhead and space for wiring each individual encoder separately is critical.
Toggle Switch from knitter-switch is ESD Resistant and IP67 Rated
knitter-switch has announced a new toggle switch designed specifically for use in those applications requiring ESD protection and resistance to moisture. As a result, the new MZME-ESD series will interest those involved in designing products and systems for medical applications, home automation and industrial controls.
C&K Develops Anti-Static Tumbler Switchlocks with up to 2,000 Key Codes
C&K Components has developed a new family of tumbler switchlocks. Designated the Y Series, the anti-static 4, 5 and 6 tumbler switchlocks exceed 20KVDC static resistance and are available with 200, 750 and 2,000 key codes, respectively.
Finder - Relay interface modules handle bigger loads
Finder has added higher current rated relay interface modules to its broad range of electromechanical products. The single pole 38.01 and 38.11 are designed to switch electrical loads up to 16A, 250VAC and provide an interface between output limited PLC, BMS and other electronic controllers, and high current loads such as heaters, motors and solenoids.
ALPS Achieves Production of 100 Billion TACT Switch Units
ALPS ELECTRIC achieved a total production of 100 billion TACT switch units in mid-September 2009. If all 100 billion TACT switch units were arranged side by side, they would cover a distance roughly equal to circling the Earth 15 times. ALPS ELECTRIC's TACT switch claims the world's top production volume with an approximate 40% share of the global market.
LED illumination for switch/circuit breaker offers power saving and improved endurance
E-T-A Circuit Breakers has introduced a new variant of its extremely versatile and reliable 3120 Series of rocker-actuated, combined switch / circuit breakers. The optional integral LED illumination in a range of colours that is now available on the Type 3120 offers power saving and improved endurance compared to earlier versions with filament bulbs. The well-proven 3120 is used widely for applications which include electrical machinery, power tools, household appliances and garden machinery, as well as for marine control panels, medical equipment and communications systems.
C&K - Halogen-Free Ultra-Miniature Top-Actuated Tactile Switch
C&K Components has enhanced its KMT Series tactile switches with halogen-free materials. Measuring just 2.6mm x 3.0mm x 0.65mm, with a 0.45mm body height, the ultra-miniature tactile switch now provides customers with a means of meeting miniaturization and ultra high reliability specifications, while also conforming to all environmental requirements.
Magnetic rotary IC provides an optimal motion sensing solution for conventional angle position systems
austriamicrosystems, a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs for automotive, communication, industry and medical applications, today introduced the AS5215, a dual die automotive magnetic rotary encoder IC for safety challenging applications, such as electronic power steering systems. This solution is also based on austriamicrosystems stacked-die technology.
Light dependent relays enhance lighting control and save energy
Finder has announced a complete redesign of its 11 Series of modular light dependent relays. For automatic control of lighting according to ambient light levels detected by an external photoelectric sensor, the 11 Series now comprises four compact rail mounted relays designed to optimise control schemes and boost energy saving.
Video from Honeywell: MICRO SWITCH Technology in Basic Switches
Honeywell Sensing and Control has added a new video to its library of Dr. Larry informational videos on its website (www.honeywell.com/sensing ). The new video on MICRO SWITCH technology demonstrates how basic switches work, and what to look for in a high-quality electromechanical switch.
Flexible mechanical encoder series offers over 1000 configurations
CUI Inc announces the release of a line of flexible mechanical encoders that can be configured into over 1,000 different versions. The 2-bit quadrature ACZ series is available in three sizes: 11 mm (ACZ11), 12 mm (ACZ12), and 16 mm (ACZ16). The encoders have a rotational life of up to 100,000 cycles and are rugged, utilizing metal material where similar models would use plastic. This series is ideal in applications for audio, aircraft, medical, and test equipment.
LED illuminated Encoders
The Series EC7 LED illuminated Encoders extend the product range of GREATECS. These Encoders contain a clear shaft illuminated by high-quality LEDs. This new series finds many applications in studio technology, household appliances and automation technology.
C&K - Automotive-Grade Tactile Switches for Harsh Environment Applications
C&K Components has developed a new series of automotive-grade tactile switches. Designated the KSx Series and based on C&K's proven KSC and KSA Mk2 tactile switches, the SPST normally open harsh environment switches are highly resistant to corrosion and chemical aggressions.
Access Electrical to sell complete range of Cherry sensors and switch products
ZF Electronics (formerly Cherry Electrical Products) has announced that Access Electrical (Services) Ltd is now an official franchised distributor for its complete range of sensors and switch products. Established in 1972 with offices in Bedfordshire and Devon, Access Electrical (Services) Ltd is a leading supplier of specialised industrial switches, sensors, safety products and other electrical components. The company is committed to a policy of in-depth stocking, and prides itself on the technical and commercial expertise of its staff which has led it to becoming the UK's largest distributor of certain industry-standard switch ranges. The company is ISO9001:2000 approved.
C&K Develops Illuminated Quad Navigation Switch Assembly for GPS and Off-Road Instrumentation Panel Applications
C&K Components, a leading international supplier of tact switches, toggle, rocker and pushbutton switches, and smart card interconnect devices, has developed a Quad Navigation switch assembly. The four-way switch is available with backlit illumination and painted and laser etched buttons, and was designed specifically for GPS and communications applications, along with off-road vehicles, material handling equipment and instrumentation panels.
Metal Switch with Ceramic Surface
The new MSM CS metal switch from SCHURTER is equipped with an actuator made of highly durable ceramic. Ceramic is a new technology employed in the production of an electro-mechanical switch. The new switch provides novel features that open up entirely new areas of application. The actuator material of the MSM CS is resistant to scratches, abrasion, impact and chemicals.
OPTEK - Miniature Incremental Encoders
Providing design engineers with miniature devices designed for general encoding of low speed applications, TT electronics OPTEK Technology has developed a family of single- and dual-channel incremental encoders. Designated the OPE1275 single-channel (tachometer) and OPE2275 dual-channel encoders, the analog output encoders are designed for small shaft motors with a diameter of 2mm (0.079") and a minimum length of 3.8mm (0.150"). The encoders feature 256 pulses per revolution, with a maximum of 5,000 RPM.
C&K - Ultra Low Profile, Micro-Miniature, Side-Actuated Detect Switch
C&K Components, a leading international supplier of tact switches, toggle, rocker and pushbutton switches, and smart card interconnect devices, has developed a new series of micro-miniature, side-actuated detect switches. Designated the GDS Series, the ultra low profile detect switches can be actuated from either the X or Y axes, providing maximum versatility in a variety of applications.
knitter-switch - pushbutton switches feature a footprint of 7 x 3mm with a long travel of 1.6mm
knitter-switch has added to its SSP series of sub-miniature pushbutton switches with the introduction of a new switch designed specifically for use with mobile multimedia devices, portable medical devices and a variety of test and measuring instruments.
Penny + Giles - Finger-tip joystick controller
Penny + Giles has launched its new robust, finger-tip JC3000 joystick controller suitable for various applications including Radio Remote Controls and general off-highway vehicle applications. The compact joystick comes with a range of user-defined features, enabling OEMs to integrate it with safe and reliable control systems.
Compact Vandal-Proof Illuminated Keypads are Waterproof
Foremost Electronics has announced the introduction of two vandal resistant metal keypads. Responding to increasing demand for secure and rugged security switching these compact, low profile, metal keypads may be used in public and industrial environments for access control, security, data-entry, vending machines and kiosks, environmental control and service access. The keypads are ideal for use in low light conditions as they feature LED illumination in a choice of blue, green or yellow.
C&K - Compact 2-Position Slide Switches for Mobile Comms Devices
C&K Components has developed a series of compact two-position slide switches. Designated the OS Series, the RoHS-compliant miniature slide switches feature a flexible design for easy integration into standard and custom mobile communication devices and accessories, as well as test and measurement equipment, computer peripherals and network products.
Finder - Relay interface module raises safety levels
Finder has introduced a compact 2 pole, 8A relay interface module for safety critical circuits. Conforming to the EN50205 type B standard, the 48.12 features forcibly guided changeover contacts (1 NO and 1 NC) to enable positive monitoring of switching contact states and large physical separation between adjacent contacts to remove any risk of flashover.
Panel Mount Sealed Illuminated ES Series Pushbutton Switch
The ES Series single pole single throw sealed IP67 pushbutton switch is available in illuminated and non-illuminated styles. Design engineers can choose from the rounded actuator or flat, with or without the illuminated center dot and may choose matte or glossy finish on the body and actuator; the actuator is available in 8 different colors, six LED colors and six bi-color LED choices. The ES Series features solder lug terminals with a choice of threaded, panel mount or snap-in bushing.
3.7 mm Magnetic Reed Switch from Standex
Standex Electronics has introduced a magnetic reed switch – measuring 3.7 mm in length. The GR150 fits into the tightest of spaces, & is available in the sensitivity range of 3-20 Ampere Turns.
C&K Develops Self-Cleaning, Short Travel Dome Switches for Aircraft Applications
C&K Components has developed a series of momentary action dome switches. Designated the ED and EDM Series, the normally open, SPST dome switches are available with multiple actuation forces, provide superior tactile feel and feature extended life cycles.
knitter-switch - Space saving washable IP67 rated rotary coding switches
knitter-switch, one of Europe's leading manufacturers of switches for industrial, professional and consumer applications, has announced a new series of rotary coding switches that will interest designers of industrial and building automation systems and measuring instruments. They are washable, rated to IP67 and provide a contact breaking capacity of 100mA @ 42V.
SCHURTER - Piezo Keypads Are Resistent to Extreme Conditions
With its new piezo keypads, SCHURTER provides key panels that are impervious to all kinds of dirt and fluids. The keypads are particularly suitable for use in outdoor applications due to their ability to resist extreme ambient conditions such as negative temperatures, ice and snow. The keypads fulfill the IP69K protection class and have a reliable operating temperature from 25°C to + 85°C. The accessory kit from SCHURTER enable the keypad to be sealed into the housing with the IP68 protection class. The piezo keypads can be mounted into the housing from the front or the rear.
PCB-mount switches from EAO
A range of new options for Series 71 PCB-mount switches has been introduced by EAO. Coloured lenses with a choice of illuminated symbols including the popular on/off design plus 'ring' and 'centre spot' illumination are now offered as standard. These lenses are an excellent way to enhance the aesthetic design of a control panel and improve the industrial ergonomics of the operating environment, whether it's for a luxury yacht, a medical instrument, a piece of audio/video equipment or a public lift. They are equally good for refreshing an existing control panel with a completely new look to extend the product life-cycle.
Cherry sensors and switches from ZF Electronics
ZF Electronics, (formerly Cherry Electrical Products), has detailed how its switches and sensors are used in on-demand or tankless water heaters which have increased in market share significantly in recent years. Newer technologies offer the domestic consumer significant advantages over conventional systems, as they provide instantaneous hot water and are more cost-effective than stored water systems because they only heat water as it is needed, rather than heating a large volume and storing it in an insulated tank.
C&K’s Detect Switches Designed for ATCA, AMC Use in Portable Medical Equipment
C&K Components has developed a broad line of detect switches for ATCA (Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture) and AMC (Advanced Mezzanine Card) use in portable medical equipment. The HDS, HDT, MDS, SDP, SDS and SDT Series detect switches are implemented on the server blade of the ATCA equipment or on AMCs as a safety mechanism to verify that the blade is powered down (processing), ensuring no data is lost.
LED Illuminated Pushbutton Switches from knitter-switch
One of Europe's leading switch manufacturers, knitter-switch, announces a new series of pushbutton switches that will find wide interest among manufacturers of test and measurement instruments, multimedia devices and industrial automation systems.
AC Switches Featuring Built-In Surge Protection from STMicroelectronics Deliver Competitive Edge for Appliances
Two new families of AC power switches from STMicroelectronics, a leading supplier of power semiconductors, simplify the design of domestic appliances and industrial equipment by integrating surge protection that meets the international standard IEC 61000-4-5, which is usually implemented using external components.
Teledyne's DC to 6GHz Broadband SMD Relays
Teledyne Relays has introduced the SRF300/SRF303 series of ultraminature broadband TO-5 relays. Designed to be a practical surface-mount solution that simplifies pc board manufacturing and solder joint inspection, the relay permits easy removal and replacement using hand tools.
ZF Electronics appoints Futura as distributor in Ireland for Cherry switches and sensors
ZF Electronics, formerly Cherry Electrical Products, has appointed Futura Electronics as a franchised distributor for its brand-leading range of switches, controls and sensors in Ireland. With a broad range of franchises and products, Futura services sectors as diverse as Computer, Medical, Automotive, Pharmaceutical, Energy, Telecoms, Security, Aerospace, Controls, Automation, Mining, Road Safety, Transportation and Construction.
Triac Control Circuit from Hendon Semiconductors
Hendon Semiconductors has announced the IES5523A, a Simple Zero-Crossing Triac Control Circuit with Adjustable Time-Out. The IES5523A extends the functionality of the IES5521A to include a time-out indicator. Both the IES5521A and IES5523A are suitable for a wide range of personal and home appliance applications.