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14th November 2017
The vital role of switches in making Industry 4.0 a reality

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been anointed as the harbinger of Industry 4.0, a state in which factory automation devices are integrated within information technology (IT) platforms such as manufacturing execution systems (MES), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business intelligence (BI) systems to create significant efficiency and productivity gains.

5th June 2017
Switches improve design of wearable electronics

A new series of switches has been announced by C&K, aimed at giving designers of portable electronics the low profile, reliable and long-lasting switches they need to power the next-gen of devices. C&K’s KXT3 series were built to meet the specific needs of those engineers creating hearing aids, smart watches, activity trackers, action cameras and gesture controllers.

Artificial Intelligence
5th June 2017
How will ISO 26262 impact automotive electronics?

Automobiles today have more computing power than a fighter jet from the 1960s.There has been a huge influx of electronics integrated throughout a vehicle, including the engine, power train, chassis, body systems, comfort systems, active safety and Driver’s Assistance Systems (ADAS). The value of all this technology is upwards of 30% of the automobile’s total production cost. Eric Grange of C&K explains.

21st February 2017
Four ways tactile switches deliver on consumer demand

Consumer electronics, particularly the portable variety, require advanced components that combine miniaturisation with ruggedness. These design objectives can be difficult for engineers to meet without sacrificing performance, functionality or operating life.  Author: Jerome Smolinski, Senior Product Manager, C&K

10th January 2017
Meet environmental requirements with durable lighting switches

  C&K helps design engineers who develop residential and commercial light switches, dimmers, wireless light switches and occupancy sensors that cater to the demands of the modern world. Performance, reliability and durability are key requirements when it comes to keeping residential and commercial buildings safe, comfortable and energy efficient.

2nd November 2016
How is hardware driving the IIoT revolution?

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) revolution (or Industry 4.0 as its sometimes called) is already creating smarter factory floors filled with advanced sensor technologies, machine-to machine (M2M) communications, real-time data analytics, and machine learning capabilities. Mike Bolduc, Global Marketing Manager, Industrial and Medical Segments, C&K explains.

7th July 2016
Subminiature slide switch vertically actuated

The JS207 Series subminiature slide switches provide an economical alternative to on-on-mom toggle and rocker switches, and are ideal for headsets, consumer audio and video systems, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, thermostats, and test and measurement equipment.

13th June 2016
Rotary switches deliver 50% reduction in board space

C&K Components has released its smallest diameter rotary switch series, providing design engineers with a switch option that reduces board space by 50%. Available with two to eight positions, the RM series single-pole rotary switches feature an ultra-miniature 9.2mm body diameter and gold-plated contacts for reliable operation.

31st May 2016
Long-life switches suit ultra-compact electronics

C&K Components has introduced one of the most compact, long-lifetime, double-action switches available on the market. The KXT2 series double-action, top-actuated switches feature a miniature 3.7x3.0x1.05mm footprint, an integrated actuator with a large, 1.2mm-diameter surface area and extended 100,000-cycle lifespans.

19th April 2016
C&K Components names John Boucher CEO

C&K Components has announced the appointment of John J. Boucher as chief executive officer. John Boucher brings more than 30 years of diversified experience with leading global companies within the high-tech electronics manufacturing and services segment to C&K.

23rd November 2015
Switches provide customisable switching solutions with gold contacts

C&K Components now offers its popular D Series miniature snap-in power rocker switches with gold contacts. Designed for low voltage, low current applications in a variety of circuits, the industry-standard ½” x ¾” (19x12mm) D Series snap-in power rockers with gold contacts provide more reliable switching performance at lower power ratings than the series’ standard silver contacts, which require higher power to ...

17th November 2014
Tactile switch range features 200,000-use operating cycles

C&K Components has developed a series of surface mount top-actuated tactile switches with a range of actuation forces and extended operating lifecycles. The KSH series tactile switches are RoHS-compliant, single-pole, single-throw, top-actuated surface mount devices with a ‘soft touch’ tactile feel and a range of operating force ratings (1.6, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0 and 3.5N) with a travel distance of 1.3mm.

16th July 2014
Surface mount tactile switches offer small footprint

Offered with a range of actuation forces and extended operating lifecycles, a series of surface mount top-actuated tactile switches has been announced by C&K Components. Housed in a 6.3x6.3x5.0mm package, the KSH series SPST (single-pole, single-throw) top-actuated switches have a "soft touch" tactile feel (according to the manufacturer).

16th April 2014
PCB switches offer range of mounting options

Two medium power switch series, featuring either momentary or locking actuation configurations, has been added to C&K Component's PCB-mounted switch product line. The PVA Series short-stroke key switches are designed for through-hole PCB soldering, and are available in either DPST (double pole, single throw) or DPDT (double pole, double throw) configurations.

28th January 2014
Switches prevent fraud with tamper-proof design

Featuring detect interlock and movement functionality, the MS Series signals an expansion of C&K Component's portfolio of subminiature snap-acting switches. The switches provide customers with customization options to meet smart and industrial meter application requirements.

18th December 2013
MIL-S-83731 qualified switches for military & aerospace

Designed for military, aerospace and other high-reliability applications, the MIL-S-83731 qualified toggle switches from C&K Components are designed to provide reliable long term switching. The switches are rated for logic level up to 5A resistive loads and 2A inductive loads for use in various applications.

3rd December 2013
Economical SPDT pushbutton switches with latching contacts

C&K Components announce the release of the economical PS Series pushbutton switches with a full 4.5 mm of travel. Featuring latching contacts, the new single pull double throw PS Series switches are designed to work in conjunction with standard male commercial pin and socket connectors, 1.57 mm sq (0.062” sq) pins with 4.05 mm (0.16”) spacing.

4th November 2013
Switch series for products with board & height restrictions

C&K Components has today announced the expansion of its family of low-profile, cost-effective miniature slide switches. Now available in both SPDT and SP3T models, the PCM series slide switches are specifically designed for applications with significant board space and height restrictions.

17th October 2013
C&K door interlock switch with circuit interruption

C&K Components have today announced the introduction of the DS Series door interterlock switches. Designed to provide design flexibility by offering latching or momentary actions along with a variety of integration options, the DS Series switches can be used for detection and circuit interruption functions.

7th October 2013
Industry's most compact EN-14604 certified switch

C&K Components has expanded its line of switch products for smoke detectors in support of the new European EN-14604 standard. According to the new regulation, all smoke detectors sold in the European Union must include the CE marking and comply with EN-14604 standards, which require all smoke detectors to be equipped with a test button.

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