Honeywell’s MICRO SWITCH™ V15W Series

Product Announcement from Honeywell Sensing and Internet of Things


Honeywell’s MICRO SWITCH™ V15W Series of watertight basic switches deliver reliable performance across industries. The need for reliable, watertight basic switches is nearly impossible to measure. It spans industries and countless applications where concerns of spillage or water could occur, potentially interfering with product performance.As a result, watertight basic switches are an important component in design engineers’ and operations managers’ specification ‘toolbox.’Watertight switches can be found in off-road vehicles such as ATVs, golf carts, lawn mowers, and snowmobiles; construction and agricultural machinery like mini excavators and light tractors; industrial equipment such as factory floor wash-down machines; medical apparatuses such as hospital beds, dental chairs and foot pedals; and many more applications.Riding lawn mowers prove a classic example. If a switch fails due to moisture, the mower may not shut down as designed when the operator leaves the seat.Another example lies in an industry where water is both a friend and an enemy: the marine industry. Marine systems such as transmissions, propellers, throttles, surface drives, and the like, must operate reliably despite getting wet, and often in harsh environmental conditions. Every part used in these systems must be water-ready. For example, a throttle system needs a long-life, watertight switch that controls the position of the throttle arms during all phases of motor control. It must offer a sealed design to withstand the wettest, harshest conditions and ample electrical capacity to provide trouble- and worry-free boating. Reliability is not an option; it is an absolute must."Watertight basic switches work well because they are space-efficient switches with excellent water seal and dust ingression performance," says Tom Werner, Honeywell Sensing and Control product marketing manager, Basics Switch line. "Plus, our switches feature a reliable, snap-action design that is backed by nearly 80 years of experience. It’s simply a proven technology."Snap-action technology utilizes a plunger and spring. Pent up energy increases in the spring as the plunger is depressed. When the plunger cannot hold the energy anymore, it is released through the movement of the spring. The technology was first developed in 1932, has been perfected and enhanced through the years, and remains a best-seller when it comes to switch technology. Its simplicity in design allows great flexibility and reliability.Read more.