C&K launch cost-effective IP67 tactile switch

19th August 2021
Kiera Sowery

C&K has developed a sealed tactile switch suited for a wide variety of consumer, industrial, IoT and portable electronic applications that require long operational life at a cost-effective price point. The EL tactile switch series combines common heights and actuation forces with a longer lifecycle than competitors at 200,000 cycles. An IP67 rating for protection against dust and water ingress make the EL Series suitable for applications that experience harsher conditions.

The EL Series is designed to a standard market size of 6.2mm x 6.2mm with heights of 3.5mm and 5.2mm, making the switch a 100% pin-to-pin replacement for competing tactile switches.

Currently available in four configurations, designers can choose from two actuation forces of 2N and 3.5N. The soft actuator allows for integration through pre/post travel. By offering much longer lifecycles, the EL Series helps ease the design cycle and according to C&K, it outperforms the competition for its size and force range.

Given its small form factor, the EL Series tact switch is commonly used in consumer and IoT goods including smart meters, smart home appliances/devices and portable electronics. In addition to the consumer market, the EL Series is well suited for harsh environments including industrial electronics and portable medical devices.

“The EL Series is a fantastic addition to the C&K tactile switch portfolio that satisfies basic tactile switch requirements and IP67 sealing at a competitive price. The compact EL series Tactile Switch allows for the designer to have flexibility to design the switch into standard and harsh applications,” said Regis Clement, Global Product Manager at C&K. “Creating quality, cost friendly switches isn't always easy, but when it is done right, it's hard to be matched.”

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