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E. Preston (Electrical) Ltd Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary

E. Preston (Electrical) Ltd announces its 40th anniversary as a specialist distributor of switches and electrical components.

E Preston was established by its original founder Ernest Preston, from which the company gained its name. It began with three people and only three franchises. The company quickly grew and has maintained healthy growth over the last 40 years. Now into the third generation of family ownership, the company employs 20 people and has over 50 franchises, consisting of 100,000s of parts.

Since its inception in 1980, the company has not only grown its offering but also its customer base too. Customers range from sole traders to major PLCs in every sector from transport, defence, and medical to refrigeration, vending and renewable energy. The reason for its continued growth and success is because of its emphasis on the customer.

“E Preston has experienced exceptional growth and development over the past 40 years,” said Mark Preston (Managing Director). “At E Preston our greatest strength is our relationship with our customers. Our focus has always been, and will continue to be, on offering our customers the products they need at the best possible prices. We go the extra mile to make sure that we provide exceptional service and make the whole process as simple as possible.”

Over the past 40 years, E Preston has been successful at evolving and changing to stay ahead of other electrical distributors.

The company works collaboratively with its customers to be a partner in the supply chain process, providing a number of general and bespoke supply solutions such as buffer stock, kit supply and forward ordering. The company’s most recent service is an online ordering platform called eprestononline, which allows customers to browse products, view statements and invoices, and order online.

The E Preston team consists of experienced internal and external sales professionals who can offer technical advice, advise on alternative or new products, provide samples and visit on-site to discuss potential applications and solutions.

For more information on E Preston, to make an enquiry or to place an order online please visit http://www.eprestononline.co.uk.

 

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E Preston Electrical Expands Franchises and Goes Online

E. Preston (Electrical) Ltd was established in 1980 as a specialist distributor of switches and electrical components.  Beginning with only 3 franchises the company currently has over 40 different franchises and holds approximately half a million pounds worth of stock.

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Now in the third generation of family ownership E Preston Electrical continues to grow and build on traditional values.

“We work hard for our customers to get the best products at the best prices while providing exceptional customer service.  We always do what we say we will, even if that is just a call back,” says Mark Preston, MD.

This is a principle that was rooted in the business from its inception over 30 years ago by founder, and grandfather to the current directors, Ernest Preston.

Although there is still a great emphasis on these traditional values the company has embraced new technology in all of its business operations and now launches a new digital venture.  The new interactive e-shop eprestononline.co.uk is aimed at increasing accessibility to existing and new customers.

“We have access to the latest technology from our suppliers,” says Matthew Preston, sales director. “We want to make dealing with E Preston as easy as possible.  We will continue to visit new and existing customers, and speak to them on the telephone, but with eprestononline we can offer them access to our company whenever they want.”

Click AwayThe new eShop will allow customers to log in to their own portal to view orders, print off documents such as acknowledgements and invoices, and allows them to place repeat orders.  Data sheets and supplier catalogues will also be readily available.

The company believes it maintains its position as a traditional company – or more appropriately, a modern company with traditional values.

 

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Bulgin & Arcolectric Fuse Holders

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Bulgin’s extensive range of fuse holders are designed to give the high degree of protection demanded in today’s sophisticated electronic equipment. Carrying world-wide safety approvals from UL, VDE, CSA and IMQ, all types are manufactured from high grade flame retardant nylon and polyester materials.

Available in a variety of mounting options including panel mount, PCB & base mount, these compact and shock safe fuse holders are ideal solutions for 5 x 20mm, 6.3 x 25mm and 6.3 x 32mm fuses.

 

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Bulgin & Arcolectric Indicators

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The Bulgin & Arcolectric range of panel mount LED indicators consists of many different bezel styles, types of LEDs and colours. With the incorporation of Arcolectric’s indicator lights and lampholders to our product offering, Bulgin’s indicator range has developed to meet the many different needs of panel design including IP67 environmentally sealed versions for use where a front panel seal is needed.

 

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Bulgin & Arcolectric Switch Range

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With an extensive range of Push Button, Vandal Resistant, Piezo, Slide, Toggle and Rocker switches available, Bulgin & Arcolectric’s switch range is designed to meet the design requirements of a wide variety of industry applications ranging from medical and industrial to marine and commercial electronics. Bulgin’s push button switches are available in front and rear panel mounted versions with three profile types including prominent, domed and low profile as well as rugged stainless steel anti vandal options.

Multiple switching options are available along with IP66, IP67 & IP68 sealed variants in addition to momentary and latching actuation. Illumination versions are available in dot and ring LED indication and a selection of illuminating colours, including bi-colour and tri-colour. Newer versions also feature LED illumination driven by 6V, 12V and 24V together with rear of panel sealing.

 

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Finder’s New TOOLBOX NFC APP Is Now Available for iOS Devices!

Finder was one of the first manufacturers to integrate NFC technology for the programming and control of its devices (first launched in 2015). NFC programming, which until now has only been available on Android smartphones, is now also possible on Apple devices (iPhone 7 and later).

With the Finder Toolbox NFC app for iOS you can now program from your iPhone various products such as the Finder SMARTimer, and numerous Finder time switches and digital astro switches. In 2019 Apple estimated that there were more than 900 million iPhones in use worldwide, hence this app will allow a large number of new users to take full advantage of the Finder range of NFC smart products, boosting sales of the 12 and 84 Series.

New features of the Finder Toolbox NFC app for iOS include:
• Simplified user interface and experience
• New faster and more intuitive menus
• Quicker upload time and overall performance

What are the advantages of NFC?
• Easier reading of devices inside electrical panels
• Faster programming via the app and easier maintenance
• The possibility of naming and saving configurations

 

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Schurter Announces the FMBB EP Single Phase Filter

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Single Phase Block Filter with Excellent Performance
• Ultra compact double stage filter
• Excellent symmetrical and asymmetrical attenuation
• Very broad band attenuation
• Completely closed steel housing

Schurter completes its portfolio of ultra-compact single-phase filters with a new generation of particularly high-performance thanks to a double stage filter design. FMBB EP is the name of the latest member in the completely closed steel housing.

Ever more powerful and at the same time ever more compact design – these are the requirements for state-of-the-art electronic devices. The filters of the FMBB EP family are particularly suitable wherever such equipment is confronted with stubbornly high EMI interference signals. Highly clocked semiconductors generate increasingly strong interference frequencies. This massively increases the requirements for compliance with EMC. Typical applications include test and measurement equipment, professional kitchen equipment, medical and critical industrial applications.

Identical Housing Dimensions
The new filters use the same housings as the proven FMBB NEO filter series. These housings are spot welded, thus completely closed, resulting in significantly improved attenuation behavior. Thanks to topquality components (generously dimensioned film capacitors, chokes with highly permeable cores), an exceptionally broad-band attenuation is achieved.

Mounting
The FMBB EP filter series has 6.3 x 0.8 mm plug-in connections or threaded connections for quick and easy wiring. Thanks to a metal flange, excellent ground connection is ensured when screwed to the chassis.

Wide Temperature Range
The standard versions can be used over a temperature range from -40 °C to 100 °C. The filters are designed for currents from 1 A to 36 A at an ambient temperature of 40 °C. They have ENEC and cURus approval and are recommended for applications up to max. 250 VAC.

Leakage Current
There are versions with different leakage currents available for different applications: the standard version with 0.9 mA to 3.8 mA, for medical technology ≤ 5 µA or ≤ 80 µA.

 

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Schurter Has Extended its Successful MSM Metal Line Series with a Puristic 24mm Stainless Steel Switch

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Metal Line Switch with 24 mm Diameter

• First-class finishing (haptics, optics)
• Outstanding tactile feedback
• Vandalproof (IP67 and IK07)
• Extremely high durability

Schurter meets the customers’ need for switches in various dimensions with the launch of the MSM 24 in a stainless steel housing and actuator. The standard version of the pushbutton is puristically designed for switching voltages from 30 VDC to 250 VAC and switching currents from 0.1 A to 10 A.

The ruggedness of the MSM 24 is particularly noteworthy: the high seal protection and impact resistance values of IP67 and IK07 make it ideal for use in devices under harsh environmental conditions or in applications requiring protection against vandalism.

Due to the mechanical stroke and the high-grade materials, all MSM Metal Line switches from Schurter offer an outstanding tactile feedback.

Schurter now offers the switches of the MSM Metal Line family in diameters of 16, 19, 22, 24 and 30 mm. With this wide range, which can also be customized to almost any specific customer requirement, the perfect switch for every application can easily be found.

Features:
Attractive tactile feedback
• High quality materials
• Long life span
• For use in harsh environments
• Protection Class IP67

Applications:
– For indoor and outdoor applications
– Industrial machinery
– Vending and ticketing machines
– POS terminals
– Public transport
– Pro-sound equipment
– Food industry
– Lab equipmentons

 

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Schurter CPS Family Push Button Switches – A Touch of Magic

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Schurter is launching its new CPS family of push button switches with capacitive touch sensor technology inside. The new switch family caters to the latest technology trend for robust momentary and latching push button switches while sporting an elegant modern look that makes them the perfect choice for use in applications wherever a high quality aesthetic appearance plays a role. In addition to an IK rating 09 and IP rating 67, the series offers a predefined standard range with many visual and functional options to choose from. These features allow the customer to adapt the push button, or the switch in general, to their individual electrical and mechanical requirements.

Metal push button switch with capacitive sensor technology offers latching-action with optical feedback:
The CPS series uses capacitive sensor technology, whereby a touch of the finger on the sensor area causes a change in the electrical field which in turn causes the switch to change its state; this occurs without any pressure on the actuator. The capacitive touch technology eliminates the need for any moving parts, hence making the CPS a long-life product capable of an unlimited number of actuations. The CPS actuator expands further on actuation options with a so-called finger guide, which is designed to enhance the user experience.

The CPS series is made of high-grade stainless steel in 16 mm, 19 mm and 22 mm diameter housings. The variable input supply voltage is 5 – 28 VDC. Switching voltage is max. 42 / 60 VAC / VDC. Switching current is max. 100 mA. Operating temperature range is -20°C – +60°C. A wide range of illumination options, starting with the selection of a ring illuminated or area illuminated version, are offered. The area illuminated version is made of scratch-resistant biocompatible ceramics. A single color, bicolor, or multicolor configuration is possible. Besides the basic colors red, green, and blue, the CPS also offers additive colors like cyan, magenta, yellow, and white for custom color variations.

The CPS can easily be customized to specific customer requirements by simply choosing from a list of options in the configurator list provided in the data sheet, or according to application specific requirements beyond what is shown. The unique switch series is suitable for many different applications in various industry sectors, like industrial automation, food service and processing equipment, lab equipment, door and access control panels, white goods, vending and ticketing machines, just to name a few.

Technical Data
• Switching function: momentary or latching
• Supply voltage: 5 – 28 VDC (variable input voltage)
• Switching voltage: max. 42 / 60 VAC / VDC
• Switching current: max. 100 mA
• Switching power: 1 W
• Resistance when open: > 10 MΩ
• Resistance when closed: < 20 Ω
• Actuation force: none
• K protection: IK09
• IP protection: IP67
• Operating temperature: -20 °C to +60 °C

Applications
• Indoor applications
• Industrial applications
• White goods
• Commercial kitchen equipment
• Food industry
• Lab equipment
• Vendor and ticket machines
• Elevator control panels
• Medical equipment

 

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