Category Archives: Switches- rocker, toggle, push, ilum, slide, key, float, piezo

Schurter CHS Capacitive Switch

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CHS Capacitive Switch that can be Installed in a Hidden Way

• Designed for use behind all non-conductive materials where openings in the user interface are not desired
• Provides the designer with a lot of freedom in the design of the user interface
• Highest reliability and service life
• RGB area illumination

Conventional switches inevitably require mounting holes in the user interface. Not so with the new Schurter CHS. CHS stands for “Capacitive Hidden Switch”. They can be mounted hidden behind the surface of non-conductive materials and are therefore invisible. This approach allows completely new possibilities for designing user interfaces that ideally meet the requirements of specific applications.

With capacitive switches, an electric field is built up on the user surface of the sensor. This technology is used to design a switch with the Schurter CHS that no longer requires direct sensor contact with the finger to trigger. The electrical field change required to trigger the switching process is still achieved even if a non-conductive material (glass, plastic, wood, or similar) is inserted between the sensor and the finger.

Use in Highly Sensitive Environments:
The new CHS is simply glued behind a wide variety of non-conductive materials and thus enables the construction of control elements for devices (medical technology, food industry) where hygiene plays a major role. Since there are no holes or slots created by the installation and the switch also has no moving parts, potentially harmful microbes have no possibility to “settle” on the user interface. This means that materials can be chosen that are particularly easy to
clean.

Sensitivity Adjustable:
The SCHURTER CHS is programmed as standard so that it does not trip in the event of field changes caused by liquids or minor wiping contact. This is only done by precise touching of the switching surface. However, adjustments can be made here at the customer’s request. This applies in particular to the thickness of the material behind which the switch is bonded. As standard, the sensitivity is designed for a glass thickness of up to 2 mm.

Designer’s Dream:
Switches are always a challenge for industrial designers. Their installation in the user interface often “disturbs” the appearance and structure of the same. The desire for an invisible switch is therefore great, because with it one no longer has to make compromises and is to a great extent free in the design.

Available in 3 Variants:
The new SCHURTER CHS is available in three different variants.
• CHS 1 comes without illumination and is with a mounting depth of less than 6 mm the optimal solution for space constrained designs.
• CHS 2 provides optical feedback. The RGB lighting can be used as a design element.
• CHS 3 is the potted version with lighting for demanding use in harsh environments.

 

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Crouzet Manually Operated Switches Application

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Crouzet offers a full range of Manually Operated Switches

A typical lightsaber is depicted as a luminescent blade of magnetically contained plasma about 3 feet (0.91 m) in length. In the Star Wars universe, the lightsaber is the signature weapon of the Jedi Order and their dark side counterpart, the Sith Order.

“Safety is definitely the key feature of a lightsaber”, noticed one of the Electrical Protection specialists at Crouzet DesignLab. Indeed, securely switching on/off such a powerful weapon is a must have for every Jedi.

 

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Schurter TTS Contactless Switch

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Contactless Switch for Hygienic Switching
• Designed for applications in public areas where non-contact switching prevents the transmission of pathogens
• Optical technology precisely adjustable

The Covid 19 pandemic has greatly increased the demand for non-contact push buttons and switches. Various studies show that the transmission of viruses and bacteria via surfaces exposed to constant contact with hands is high.

A wide variety of technologies for contactless switching are vying for the favor of developers and buyers. But not everyone is suitable to the same extent. Often, they also send out false signals under certain
conditions (e.g., splash water, rain) and this trigger unintentional switching. The optical technology TOF (Time of Flight) used in the Schurter TTS can be programmed individually, with high precision, so that malfunctions are prevented.

Highest Reliability
The switch is programmed so that the standard detection distance is 60 to 0.02 mm. This ensures that wiping over or cleaning the switch surface will not trigger a switching signal. Schurter TTS switches offer the highest reliability. Since they have no moving parts, their lifetime is more than 20 million switching cycles.

Ring Illumination and Installation
The visual feedback is ensured by a two-color ring illumination (red/green) in the actuator, whose supply voltage is between 5 and 28 VDC. The simple installation of the TTS, which is fixed by means of a nut, and an anti-twist protection allow a maximum easy replacement.

Areas of Application
The new TTS non-contact switch can be used for a wide range of applications. It is suitable in public areas, for example for vending machines, parking systems or in sanitary areas to avoid any contact by hand. However, the detection distance can also be set so that the switch can be used as a photoelectric barrier for certain applications, this opening up a new field of application.

 

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Bulgin PSE Switch with Cable

Installation-Ready Piezoelectric Switch (PSE) for Wet Rooms, Spa and Pool Facilities

• Designed for IP67 Applications
• High-Quality PUR cable (15 m) for Speedy and Safe Installation
• High Reliability and Long-Life Time
• RGB Ring Illumination

The use of switches in wet rooms, spa and pool facilities, requires not only the right choice of switch technology, but can often require unusually long cables. Schurter meets this requirement with the launch of the installation-ready piezoelectric switch PSE, an elegant highend solution.

The pre-assembled polyurethane cable of the new PSE with cable is potted, which offers maximum flexibility and the highest IP protection during installation. Waterproof from switch surface to electrical connection, the cable is 15 metres in length. The installation of the switch is simple by means of a nut.

Highest Resistance to Corrosion
The housings of the factory assembled piezoelectric PSE family are made of stainless steel 1.4462. This steel is characterised by its particularly high resistance to corrosion, which is essential in areas with high humidity. The PSE switches offer maximum reliability and a long service life (20 million actuations). Hermetically sealed housings make the PSE with cable predestined for use in particularly harsh and inhospitable applications.

Resistance to Chemicals and Solvents
Notably the PSE with cable is resistant to chlorinated liquids and common pool chemicals.

RGB Ring Illumination
The actuator has a ring illumination with a total of 7 possible display colours. The supply voltage has a range of between 5 – 28 VDC and maintains a constant brightness.

Applications
The new PSE with cable is extremely versatile. Originally developed for spa and pool builders, it is ideal for use in any sanitary application. Other applications include medical technology, food processing or similar industrial applications where the highest degree of robustness and reliability are required.

 

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Bulgin & Arcolectric Switch Range

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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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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Schurter Type MCS16 Metal Line Switch

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Metal Line Switch with Excellent Price / Performance Ratio
• Very low mounting depth
• High ingress protection IP67
• Resistant against vandalism
• Long lifetime

In response to customer requests for switches with a smaller diameter and a particularly low mounting depth, Schurter extends its successful MCS series of short-travel switches with a durable, robust 16 mm variant.

The MCS16 is an extension of the successful MCS switch series (MCS19, MCS30). It is recommended as the first choice wherever low mounting depth and particularly high robustness are required.

Zinc-die-cast or stainless steel actuator
The customer can choose between an actuator made of zinc-die-cast or stainless steel. The stainless steel version offers the additional option of individual laser marking. The switch housing is always made of zinc-die-cast.

Point illumination red and green
Both the zinc-die-cast and the stainless steel actuator are also available with point illumination if optical feedback from the switch is required. The customer can choose between red and green illumination, whereby both colors are already installed. Further colors can be realized on request.

Robust design with IP67 / IK06
Same as the larger variants of the MCS series, the new MCS16 has an IP protection rating of IP67 and an impact resistance of IK06. The MCS16 can therefore be used in a wide range of industrial applications or in applications under harsh environmental conditions. In addition, the robust housing front offers optimum protection against vandalism.

Versatile terminal connection options
The MCS16 offers a variety of terminal connection options. Classic pins for PCB mounting are available as well as pins with a soldering aid for direct connection of a wire. All point-illuminated versions are supplied with this option. Last but not least, there is also a terminal clamp available as optional accessory for fast and easy screw connection.
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Applications
– Industrial machinery
– Medical devices
– Public vending machines
– Laboratory instruments
– White goods

 

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Bulgin & Arcolectric Switch Range

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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