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Fifty years of switches to be showcased at electronica

13th October 2016
Alice Matthews

Switch manufacturer knitter-switch is to exhibit once again at electronica, the world’s leading trade fair for the electronics industry. electronica 2016 takes place at the Munich Trade Fair Centre from 8th to 11th November and knitter-switch can be seen at booth 273 in hall B5. 2016 is a special year for knitter-switch. 

For 50 years, knitter-switch has been at the forefront of electronic switching. 50 years of knitter-switch, that means 50 years of switches, 50 years of innovation, 50 years of customer focus, 50 years of quality, 50 years of customer service. Go on a journey through time with them at their booth.

knitter-switch always uses electronica to both introduce products and meet its customers and this year’s show will be no different. There will be sales and support staff on hand to discuss the latest switch developments, specific applications and the products included in the company’s 2016/17 product catalogue. Visitors to the knitter-switch booth will also be the first to get a copy of the 2016/17 switch catalogue.

Key focus areas of the knitter-switch booth will include detector switches and capacitive switches:

Detector-switches are used for recognition of variation or manipulation of movable or removable parts. This can be caps, covers, or connections. For example they are used for printers to notice empty paper tray. Or they are responsible to recognise any manipulation at a smoke detector.

The detector switches of the series DT and  DTS  are available in various configurations: Normally Open or Normally Closed (NO or NC), horizontal or vertical, SMT or through hole technology. They comply with highest requirements: for operating temperature up to 85°C and up to 3m operations.

The capacitive switches from knitter-switch, series CTK, are an alternative to the popular anti-vandal pushbuttons: their IK-rating (mechanical resistance of the visible parts) of IK10 conforms to the highest requirement categories. In addition the IP rating for dust and water is IP68. They are however smarter than the normal vandal resistant types: because of integrated electronics they can be used with momentary and latching function and NO, NC or changeover contact. ring illumination, legend etching or indicator light with one or two LEDs are possible.

Based on common measurements (threaded bushing M19x1) they can be used without any change for front panels which have been designed for vandal resistant switches. In addition to that they can be ordered in a 22mm and a 16mm version. The switches work in a voltage range from 5 to 30VDC. There are two models of contact rating: 0.2A and 1.5A. With this it is even possible to switch high power LED lamps.

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