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Switch Type
   Switch Type       
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   Dome Switch       Dome switches are tactile switches under a rubber bubble or dome.  When the switch is pressed it collapses the dome and makes the switch contact. Dome switches are commonly used in keywords and membrane keypads. They are generally fairly quiet when operated, so are a good choice for office and consumer environments. 
   Keyswitch       Keyswitches are tactile mechanical switches designed for keyboards and Keypads.  They are designed to give the user sensory or tactile feedback that the button or switch has made contact with the control panel beneath, usually a printed circuit board. 
   Tact Switch       Tact switches are tactile electromechanical switches designed for keyboard, keypad, instruments or interface control panel applications.  They are designed to give the user sensory or tactile feedback that the button or switch has made contact with the control panel beneath, usually a printed circuit board. 
   Touch-sensitive Switch       Touch-sensitive switches operate by human touch, as opposed to making or breaking a mechanical connection by pushing a button or flipping a switch.  Many different principles can be used to operate a touch-sensitive switch, including temperature, resistance, radio reception, acoustic resonance dampening, or capacitance.  Touch-sensitive switches typically do not provide any tactile feedback. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary tactile switch type. 
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Switching Mechanism
   Switching Mechanism       
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   SPST       Single Pole Single Throw.  A switch that makes or breaks the connection of a single conductor in a single branch circuit. This switch typically has two terminals. It is commonly referred to as a "single-pole" switch. 
   SPDT       Single Pole Double Throw.  A switch that makes or breaks the connection of a single conductor with either of two other single conductors. This switch typically has 3 terminals, and is commonly used in pairs and called a "three-way" switch. 
   DPST       Double Pole Single Throw.  A switch that makes or breaks the connection of two circuit conductors in a single branch circuit. This switch typically has four terminals. 
   DPDT       Double Pole Double Throw.  A switch that makes or breaks the connection of two conductors to two separate circuits. This switch typically has six terminals and is available in both momentary and maintained contact versions. 
   Solid State       The pushbutton switch uses a solid state switching mechanism.  This includes transistors and piezo-electric materials. 
   Other       Special throw types with more than two poles, such as switches designed to split loads into separate circuits (e.g., headlamp switch). 
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   Configuration       
   Your choices are...         
   Normally Open (NO)       A term used to describe contacts that interrupt the circuit when in their normally open position. 
   Normally Closed (NC)       A term used to describe contacts that establish a circuit when in their normally closed position. 
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Actuator Specifications
   Actuator Specifications       
   Your choices are...         
   Recessed Pushbutton
Shroud Protected Actuator for Pushbutton SwitchCourtesy of OTTO Engineering, Inc.
 
     Actuator is within base, this is useful to protect against accidental actuation. 
   Flush Pushbutton
Tactile Switch - flush mountCourtesy of NKK Switches
 
     Actuator is flush with the base; typical example would be a doorbell. 
   Raised Pushbutton
Sealed Pushbutton Dome Style SwitchCourtesy of OTTO Engineering, Inc.
 
     Resembling a plunger, typical example would be a pedestrian cross walk button. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary actuator type. 
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   Switch Type Function       
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   Maintained Contact       The switch stays open or closed after actuation until the next actuation. The switch stays in its actuated position, even after the removal of the operating force. 
   Alternate Contact (Push-Push)       Push - ON, Push - OFF. The switch changes from opened to closed at each actuation. 
   Momentary Contact       The switch is open or closed only during actuation. After actuation force is removed, the switch reverts to its normal position. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary switch type. 
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Switch Specifications
   Maximum Current:       The maximum nominal current capacity of the device. 
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   Maximum AC Voltage:       The maximum AC voltage capacity of the device. 
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   Maximum DC Voltage:       The maximum DC voltage capacity of the device. 
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   Maximum Power:       The maximum power capacity of the device. 
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Terminal Type
   Terminal Type       
   Your choices are...         
   Feed-through Style       An in-line switch that can be attached at any point on a length of flexible cord to provide switching control of attached equipment. 
   Quick Connect / Blade       Blade terminals, sometimes referred to as "spade" terminals, are designed to be inserted/removed rapidly without the need for soldering. 
   Right Angle PC Pins       Printed circuit board type, angled pins. 
   Screw Terminals       Terminals requiring a screw (clamped) for a positive electrical connection. 
   Side PC Pins       Printed circuit board type, side exit pins. 
   Solder Terminals       Terminals requiring solder for a positive electrical connection. 
   Straight PC Pins       Printed circuit board type, no angle to pins. 
   Surface Mount Technology       A method of soldering packages directly onto the surface of printed circuit boards without insertion of leads through a board. 
   Wire Leads       Switch has integral wire leads for electrical connection. 
   Other       Other unlisted, specialized, or proprietary terminal type. 
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Construction Materials
   Base Material:       
   Your choices are...         
   Thermoplastic / Plastic       The base (not the actuator) is made of plastic or thermoplastic material. 
   Metal       The base (not the actuator) is made of metal or composite-metal material. 
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   Pushbutton Material:       
   Your choices are...         
   Thermoplastic / Plastic       The actuator (not the base) is made of plastic or thermoplastic material. 
   Metal       The actuator (not the base) is made of metal or composite metal. 
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Features
           
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   CE Certified       International commission on rules for the approval of electrical equipment. 
   CSA Certified       Canadian Standards Association. 
   UL listed       Underwriter's Laboratory. 
   Dustproof       Resistant to dust. 
   High Inrush Current Compatible (>100A)       Switch is capable of handling a high inrush current. 
   Illuminated Switch
Commercial Grade Lighted & Sealed Pushbutton SwitchCourtesy of OTTO Engineering, Inc.
 
     A switch with an integral lamp that illuminates when the switch is connected to an energized circuit. 
   Imprinted Markings       Switches with this feature are available with a variety of imprinted indicators, such as ON/OFF, HI/LOW etc. 
   Locking Switch       A switch equipped with a locking mechanism requires a key to operate the switching functions. 
   Pilot Light       These switches have a light to indicate when the circuit is active so you'll know at a glance if switch is on. 
   RoHS       Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) is a European Union (EU) directive that requires all manufacturers of electronic and electrical equipment sold in Europe to demonstrate that their products contain only minimal levels of the following hazardous substances: lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyl and polybrominated diphenyl ether. RoHS will become effective on July 1, 2006. 
   Tape and Reel Packaging       Switches come in a reel that can be fed into an automation process. 
   Time Delay       A switch with an integral mechanism or electronic circuit that will automatically switch a load OFF at a predetermined time interval. 
   Vandal Proof       Switches with rugged housings, break-resistant type shielding and tamper-proof screws. 
   Wiping Contacts       Self-cleaning and usually low resistance. Wiping action creates mechanical wear. 
   Weather Resistant / Waterproof       Sealed (hermetically) against moisture. 
   WEEE Compliant       Waste Electrical and Electronics Equipment (WEEE) is a European Union (EU) directive that is designed to encourage the reuse, recycling and recovery of electrical and electronic equipment. WEEE establishes criteria and requirements for the collection, treatment, recycling and recovery of this equipment. It also makes producers responsible for financing these activities. For their part, retailers and distributors must provide a way for consumers to return used or obsolete equipment without charge. WEEE became effective on August 1, 2005. 
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