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Bulgin 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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Bulgin Pioneers Range of Antimicrobial Switches

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Antimicrobial Switches

Bulgin is pleased to announce the launch of a unique antimicrobial switches range as part of an exclusive partnership with BioCote Ltd, a leading provider of evidence-based antimicrobial technology. Bulgin’s best selling ranges of standard and miniature rocker switches, push button switches, double pole splash resistant switches and splash/dust covers will be manufactured with BioCote’s silver ion technology during the moulding process moulded to produce the world’s first antimicrobial electronic components. The antimicrobial ranges present OEMs with a distinctive new feature which offers a key point of end equipment differentiation and significantly enhances the benefits to the end user or the product.

Integrating BioCote® at the point of manufacture provides in-built antimicrobial protection for the life span of the component part, reducing microbes including bacteria mould and fungi by up to 99.9%. Bulgin’s switches are already sold into a wide range of industries including healthcare, laboratory science, education, catering, leisure and other ‘high traffic’ public places. “Bulgin’s switches are already used for a wide variety of ‘high traffic’ consumer and industrial devices. Our partnership with BioCote ensures the surfaces of Bulgin switches will help prevent the spread of microbes including viruses, mould and bacteria,” adds Mark Berry, Programme Product Line Manager, Bulgin. “We anticipate a strong reaction from our customers to these significant enhancements to our best selling ranges.” Five of Bulgin’s best selling switch ranges will utilise BioCote’s technology at manufacture stage, with further plans to roll out this process in time, as demand increases. Bulgin has undergone a rigorous R&D and testing process for the launch of this range.

All BioCote protected products are regularly validated and quality control tested to ISO 22196 where applicable, in an independent laboratory. Only products that demonstrate over a 95% reduction in bacteria are allowed to use the BioCote brand as a guarantee of superior antimicrobial performance. BioCote has carried out a number of environmental trials in hospitals, food processing and care homes to scientifically prove BioCote protected products are as effective in situ as in laboratory testing, consistently reducing levels of microbial contamination in the environment by over 95%.

 

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Arcolectric and BioCote Offer Antimicrobial Switches to Help the Fight Against Infections

Arcolectric – an Elektron Technology connectivity brand – has partnered with BioCote Ltd to offer a range of switches and covers with built in BioCote antimicrobial technology, providing integral protection from a wide range of micro-organisms, including bacteria, mould and fungi.

Recent high profile reports into antibiotic resistance have highlighted the need for robust infection prevention strategies, helping to eliminate antibiotic resistant organisms before they can cause infection. Arcolectric can incorporate BioCote® active silver ion technology into any of its ranges of rocker, push button and double pole switches, as well as dust and splash resistant covers. This reduces the presence of bacteria by up to 99.9 %, with no decrease in efficacy for the expected life span of the component, offering equipment manufacturers a key differentiator for the laboratory, healthcare and food processing sectors.

John McVeigh, Product Manager for Arcolectric, commented: “Switches and controls are often the first contact point for a user when they interact with a product, making these ‘high traffic’ areas a key target in the fight against microbial contamination. Integration of BioCote’s innovative antimicrobial technology into our components represents an important step forward, providing our customers with a straightforward enhancement that will benefit end users without impacting on equipment design or manufacture.”

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Elektron Technology Partners with BioCote Ltd to Offer a Range of Antimicrobial Products

Elektron Technology is proud to partner with BioCote Ltd, to offer a range of antimicrobial products; BioCote® inhibits the growth of microbes on the surfaces of the following Arcolectric products:

* Push Button Switches
* Rocker Switches
* Switch Covers

Why Do We Need Antimicrobial Protection?
Microbes and can be found in any environment, as a natural part of everyday life. Even in the cleanest of surroundings, microbes begin to multiply on surfaces, sometimes to harmful levels, with one microbe having the ability to multiply to more than four million microbes within only eight hours.

BioCote technology gives the product constant, built in antimicrobial protection providing a finish that helps prevent microbes growing on the surface. BioCote protected of potentially harmful bacteria, making the need for hygiene vital, to help prevent cross- contamination.

BioCote Technology
BioCote Ltd is the market leader in providing built-in antimicrobial surface protection. Utilising the power of silver, a natural the time of manufacture. The silver technology then gives the surface of the product constant, built-in antimicrobial protection, providing a finish that helps prevent microbes growing on the surface.  With BioCote protection, the Arcolectric range of products surfaces provides protection 24 hours a day.

A Complement to Cleaning
BioCote complements hygiene practices, working in-between cleaning, 24 hours a day to reduce levels of microbes on surfaces.  BioCote antimicrobial technology has a variety of beneficial properties, making it an ideal alternative to synthetic, organic chemicals:

* Non-toxic
* Naturally occurring, environmentally-friendly and sustainable
* Will not break down, wear off, wash off or leach out of products over time
* BioCote retains its antimicrobial efficacy for the expected lifetime of the product
* Does not function in the same way as antibiotics, therefore, there is no known evidence to suggest that bacteria are resistant to it

Natural & Safe
BioCote utilizes silver ion technology. Silver is a natural antimicrobial, with a high efficacy against microbes, mould and fungi. Silver has been used for centuries for its abilities to aid preservation and help prevent infection. Silver is non-toxic, naturally occurring and environmentally-friendly.

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Arcolectric's New Integral Guard and Protective Cover for Rocker Switches

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Arcolectric now offer an integral moulded guard for its 1550 and 1350 range of double pole rocker switches. The guard is an extension of the rocker switch bezel on two sides and is designed to reduce the possibility of accidental switch operation.

This option can also be used with an additional hinged cover to provide even more protection against accidental operation of the switch. The cover is available in various colours to suit the switch body colour or transparent polycarbonate for use with illuminated switches, allowing visual confirmation of switch status without having to open the protective cover.

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These two new product variants are available for Arcolectric’s double pole 1550 and 1350 series, on all switching operations in the L style bodies, which fit into 30mm x 22mm panel cut-outs.

This simple addition to the switch body extends the useful application of this product into areas where security or safety of switch operation is of paramount importance.

The 1500 series of switches have ratings up to 16(4)A 250Vac with a wide choice of terminal options, alternative switching circuits including 3 position types with a variety of rocker switch profiles, body sizes and bezels. The 1350 is a high in-rush version rated at 150A to EN61058-1. Matching indicators are also available to complete the range.

 

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Arcolectric's 8200 & 8300 Miniature Push Button Switches Have Higher Current Ratings.

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Arcolectric’s 8200 & 8300 Miniature Push Button switch ranges now have higher current ratings. Both ranges have been re-assessed for ENEC approval to 12(12)A 250Vac at 105?C for 10,000 operations.

The extensive 8300 range is available with either illuminated or non-illuminated buttons, in single or double pole with momentary or latching switch action. There are options for various switching functions, terminal styles – including push on, solder and PCB terminals, along with options for actuators, body finish, colours and legend printing.

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The 8200 range is sub panel mount with a choice of actuator types and terminal styles and orientation, these include push-on, solder and PCB terminals.

Both ranges have UL & CSA approval, as well as ENEC approval to the new higher current rating.

This higher inductive rating further extends the applications for these two families of switches into motor switching applications where the initial switching current can be far higher than a resistive load.

 

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Arcolectric Slim Profile LED Holders, Types 1035, 1036, 1037

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Arcolectric’s latest addition to its extensive range of Indicators are the new slim profile LED Holders.

With significantly smaller mounting hole sizes compared to the standard range of LED holders, these holders push fit to panel allowing quick and easy assembly.

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The 1035 holders are suitable for use with T1 type LED’s (4.5mm) and the 1036 and 1037 for T1 3/4 type LED’s (6 and 6.35mm versions). Maximum panel thickness is 1.6mm.

The LED holders are available with bare LED leads or with wire termination, and can be supplied pre wired for 2, 6, 12, 24 or 28V dc and 125 or 250V ac. The LEDs are available in red, green, blue or yellow as standard, however dual colour options are available upon request. They can also be supplied without LEDs fitted.

This range of LED holders are ideal for use where panel size is at a premium or where a large quantity of LED’s are required to be densely mounted together.

 

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Catalogue 170 – New Arcolectric 108 Page Solutions Guide

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The latest edition of the Arcolectric Catalogue is now available. Catalogue 170 includes full specifications, detailed drawings and photographs for all the current Arcolectric products.

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There are many new products included in the new 108 page catalogue:

• 6100 IP67 sealed rocker switches
• 3900 IP67 sealed toggle switches
• 4151 key operated pushbutton
• 0566 6mm miniature indicators
• Slimline LED holders
• IP67 sealed indicators
• IP67 sealed low voltage lampholders
• Maintenance Indicator
• Temperature monitor
• Status monitor
• Mains supply checker single phase
• Mains monitor dual phase
• Mains monitor three phase
• Temperature micro logger
• Compact cooker hood controller

Packed with information for designers, engineers and specifiers, Catalgue 170 is available in printed and CD versions.

 

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Series 0566 – New Miniature Indicator Range from Arcolectric

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Arcolectric’s extensive range of panel mounted indicators has been further expanded with the introduction of a new miniature indicator.

Fixing into a 6mm diameter panel hole, this compact push-fit indicator has three lens options; low profile, domed and high profile. An optional chrome bezel is also available and iIllumination is by dc LED, mains LED or neon lamp.

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Available in five colours; clear, red, green, amber and blue, the 0566 can be supplied with either 2.8mm tags or flying leads. Approvals are expected from Semko and UL.

This new miniature indicator will find numerous applications where space is at a premium or a number of indicators need to be placed in very close proximity to one another.

 

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Arcolectric Key Operated 4100 Series Push Button Switches

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New to Arcolectric’s range of Push Button switches is the 4100 Series Key Operated Push Button switch. With up to 100,000 mechanical operations this switch is suitable for frequent functional use.

These switches are ideal for use in applications such as vending machines. Where the maintenance locking key can be used to retain the switch connnection by depressing the plunger enabling the power to be maintained whilst the door is in the open position.

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The 4100 series is available with single or double pole switching with momentary action plunger operation and either 4.8 or 6.3mm faston connections.

The large over-travel feature built into the 4100 Series Switches allows it to accommodate substantial production tolerances.

This switch is rated up to 16.5A 400Vac T85 and has ENEC approval to 50,000 electrical operations. The panel cut out size is 37 x 13.5mm, however this switch can also be screwed to the panel on 22mm fixing centres.

Also available for use with the 4100 Series is a separate connector block. This reduces assembly time by allowing the wiring to become an integral part of the wiring harness.

 

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