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Sensors
3rd March 2020
Improving engine reactivity with hall-speed-sensor tech

With the increasing popularity and growing trend of E-Bikes, bicycle system suppliers have set goals to optimise power and performance of their drive systems. In order to support the driver in the best possible way, hall-speed-sensors are used to deliver the required data and thus adapt the engine's power support to the total speed.

Sensors
13th August 2019
Energy harvesting frequencies and protocols

Due to the rising connectivity of mobile devices, industrial applications, smart home applications and vehicles, the importance of wireless technology for data communication increases continuously. Nearly every innovative and smart application benefits from wireless technology which is continuously improved and optimised. 

Sensors
17th July 2019
E-bike sensor for for better system alignment

E-Bikes are becoming a more commonplace form of transport on our roads. The growing sales figures and increasing market share highlight their importance within the biking industry. E-Bike manufacturers are continually launching new innovations and technical advancements, such as manufacturer TQ-Systems who have initiated and established the market sector for premium class E-Bikes. 

Sensors
12th November 2018
Modular speed and direction sensor kit at electronica

ZF Switches and Sensors have developed a very efficient modular approach to speed and direction sensing. The hall-effect sensor’s modular design allows customers to pre-select key sensor criteria including shaft length and output interface. Supplied with a plastic housing and mounting flange all standard parts meet the requirements of IP67, and notably IP69 for harsh environmental conditions with ingress protection at depths of 20-60mm...

Renewables
9th November 2018
Energy harvesting engine paired with Bluetooth low energy

  The energy harvesting engine, from ZF Switches and Sensors, can now be combined with the RSL10 SIP –an ultra-low-power Bluetooth 5 certified System in Package from ON Semiconductor. This enables the switch to be used with the rapidly growing number of applications for Bluetooth Low Energy communications. 

E-mech
19th March 2018
Wireless energy harvesting KNX light switch module

  At Light+Building 2018 in Frankfurt from 18th to 23rd March, ZF Friedrichshafen AG, Business Unit Electronic Systems, presents the world’s first wireless energy harvesting KNX light switch module that is configurable via ETS (from ETS5). Visitors can experience the new device at ZF’s stand in Hall 9.0 B54 and at the KNX stand in Hall 8.0 F98.

Analysis
16th February 2018
ZF Switches & Sensors receive award for support to distribution

  ZF Switches & Sensors has been awarded SPDEI award for quality of support and collaboration with its distribution network. SPDEI honoured 26 suppliers out of 110 nominees and ZF was one of three winners in ten electromechanical categories. The award is of particular value as it is voted on by the distributors themselves.

Analysis
5th July 2017
Ivory Egg appointed UK distributor for KNX solutions

ZF Switches & Sensors, a leading manufacturer of electromechanical switch and sensor solutions for the industrial market sector, has named Ivory Egg as the first distributor for its KNX compatible Energy Harvesting Switching solutions.

Sensors
25th May 2017
Angular position sensors target industrial markets

Manufacturer of electromechanical switch and sensor solutions for the industrial market sector, ZF Switches & Sensors, can now offer designers a complete range of angular position sensors based on Hall Effect technology which responds to magnetic fields generated by a (rare-earth) magnet. The sensors provide a linear change in voltage output corresponding to the rotation of the actuator. The ANG series of sensors are non-contact angular ...

Wireless
28th November 2016
Smart homes made simpler with energy harvesting switches

In a world where the number of communication networks continues to increase, requirements for information transmission are also changing. Data transmission must be mobile and flexible while using as little energy as possible. One solution is energy harvesting wireless switches from ZF. They are simple and effective to use and are installed without cables or batteries. Technology for Smart Homes encompasses a wide range of solutions that...

Passives
20th November 2015
Rocker switches provide price-competitive IP65 protection

CHERRY Industrial Solutions KC, KF and KD round waterproof switches meet IP65 specifications and provide a cost-effective switching solution for the many applications requiring protection from water and dust ingress. Typical applications include on and off-road vehicles, industrial handling and agricultural equipment, medical systems, powered garden tools, lawnmowers and garden sprayers. Three product families are available: the KD and KC series ...

Passives
6th November 2015
An alternative to conventional electro mechanical switches

  Energy harvesting switches offer a maintenance-free, simple-to-install, long-lifetime alternative to conventional electro mechanical types. By Thomas Boethe, Product Manager, CHERRY Electronic Systems.

Sensors
12th October 2015
Alternative solutions for costly metal housed sensors

CHERRY Industrial Solutions' modular system speed sensors offer a reliable and cost effective alternative to conventional sensors with metal housings. The latest CHERRY sensors feature a plastic flange-mount housing and are suitable for many industrial applications including electric drives with speed regulation, braking systems, off-road vehicles, agricultural vehicles and trailers, industrial trucks, industrial automation, conveyor technology, ...

Passives
9th July 2015
Energy harvesting wireless switches feature a radio range of 30m

CHERRY has released energy harvesting wireless switches for industrial applications in two standard versions: a rocker switch for actuation by hand or a snap-action switch for mechanical actuation typically by a machine as limit switch or position switch. Both variants are available for European (868MHz) or North-American (915MHz) frequency bands with a radio range of 30m inside buildings and a minimum life of 100,000 operations.

Passives
11th May 2015
MX keyboard switch is tested to 50m operations

An MX key module, designed to fulfill the demanding reliability requirements of computer and data input keyboards, gaming consoles and industrial control HMI systems, has been introduced by Cherry. The CHERRYMX features a high reliability mechanical switch with gold crosspoint contacts and a fast and positive actuation. Standard options include integrated LED illumination, decoupling diode or wire bridge and a 4mm actuation travel.

Renewables
23rd April 2015
Energy harvesting products are wireless & battery-less

A compact yet powerful energy harvesting generator and a snap-action microswitch and rocker switch will be available from CHERRY in mid-2015.

Renewables
10th February 2015
Energy harvesting RF switches suit easy integration

At Southern Manufacturing 2015, on Stand J115, CHERRY has announced that it will show the receiver module used in its energy harvesting wireless switches. The receiver will be available as an RF stamp in the shape of a mini PCB (22x26x4mm), for integration into an existing control system. The module will also be available as an independently housed receiver with connectivity options and its own power supply.

Passives
3rd December 2014
Switches offered with halogen-free flame retardants

The D4 series of snap-action switches, manufactured by CHERRY Industrial Solutions, now includes a model with halogen-free flame retardants to meet harmonised UL/EN 61058 standards. The T85 model has been designed to meet growing customer requirements, by providing improved environmental performance.

Renewables
9th September 2014
Evaluation kit targets the 'intelligent factory'

Answering the growing industry demand for the 'intelligent factory', an energy harvesting evaluation kit has been introduced by CHERRY. Targeting applications where a complex wire assembly and/or batteries would be inappropriate, the required RF-energy is created by the mechanical actuation of the switch and the data is transmitted wirelessly using RF-technology. The kit eliminates the need for complex and expensive connection systems, resulting ...

Displays
7th March 2013
CHERRY MX – A Worldwide Success Story

What do you associate with CHERRY? Many people would say: “The characteristic click of the keys.” The special keystroke of CHERRY MX technology has made the keyboard professionals from Auerbach world famous and the success of the mechanical key module has been unrivalled to date. 200 million MX modules are manufactured annually at the site in Auerbach, yet still the demand can barely be met. Over the past years no other manufacturer in the wo...

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