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  • Technical Paper: Reed Switch in Comparison with Mechanical Switch (.pdf)
    A comparison chart by specification.
  • A switch to the desktop
    Features once reserved for special automated switches on production lines have migrated to desktop instruments. A firm well known for developing integrated circuits embarked on an interesting project recently. The company began replacing a bank of mechanical switches that engineers there had
  • Mechanical Switches
    Mechanical switches can be divided into two basic types. The first, commercial and appliance switches, are used in fairly clean environments such as offices or homes. They are not sealed and are generally used for light, low-current applications. The second type, industrial switches, actuate
  • Switch Tips: Photointerrupter switches
    Ordinary electromechanical switches are not the only choices for applications demanding long life. To get a long-lived switch it is possible to use a photointerrupter in lieu of mechanical fixed and movable contacts. Photo interrupters also avoid the ancillary limits of lubricants and internal I2R
  • MBS 1350 - The Switch with a Difference
    In the mobile construction industry, inexpensive cartridge pressure switches are often used to control hydraulic applications in construction vehicles. But mechanical switches have a relatively short life span, so although inexpensive, the cartridge pressure switches were costing manufacturers
  • Switch Strategies for the Hydrocarbon Industries (.pdf)
    of routinely checking problematic mechanical switches is forcing users to leave them unattended, opting to direct limited resources to critical and more costly equipment
  • Application: Electric Toothbrush On/Off Switch (.pdf)
    For years manufactures of electric toothbrushes have used mechanical slide switches to turn on and off the power to the toothbrush. The mechanical slide switches are subject to very harsh environments having to deal with chemically active toothpastes, acidic saliva, and running water at various
  • Case Study: Float Switch Technology Replacement with Electronic Sensor for Cost Reduction
    Our customer was using a stainless steel electro mechanical float switch to measure high levels of oil in a tank. The float switch had an M18 stainless steel thread and was electrically specified at 240v AC or 24v DC (The customer was using the 24v DC option) and the customer stipulated
  • Application: Off Hook Telephone Switching (.pdf)
    In the past, disconnecting a telephone connection required the placement of the handset on the receiver. This placement activated a mechanical switch which created the electrical disconnect. The mechanical switch is subject to any spillage or debris clogging the contacts which will affect
  • Limiting Factors of Mechanical Switches
    components. in these applications include pressure and. temperature switches, which can be. mechanically set to switch an electrical circuit. and activate a process upon achieving a. specific pressure level or temperature.

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