Microswitches

Microswitches are mechanically operated electrical switches designed with an actuator and terminals called common, normally open and normally closed. A micro switch is also known as a snap action switch, they operate by using a spring loaded lever to open and close a set of internal contacts inside the unit.How does a microswitch work?Power is typically attached to the common terminal, this leads into the switch and energises the spring and because the spring is touching the normally close pin it sends power out here, this is called a resting state. Once the arm is moved the power is then transferred to the normally open pin.Where would you find them?Microswitches are differentiated by their electrical characteristics. These are small devices and generally only designed to carry low current and voltages. These switches are very commonly employed as safety devices, as they are reliable, inexpensive and can open up a circuit when needed, preventing a machine from being turned on or a door from closing when someone is in the way.Actuator typesThere are various types available but the operating principles are the same, switches are actuated by a plunger, a button, a roller or a lever.What is their operating life?Microswitches operating life is generally very high, being measured in millions of cycles, in most cases. Consumer products generally have lighter-duty microswitches than industrial products, but the low cost of these parts makes it easy enough to upgrade to higher mechanical life expectancies when required or when it's simply beneficial to do so.StandardsWe offer a range of high quality sealed miniature and sub-miniature microswitches that meet industry standards and RoHS compliance.What type of applications need microswitches?Microswitches are used in consumer devices and industrial equipment. Common application for these devices are in door interlocks, microwave ovens or where a door has to be shut before the power to the device will turn on. Microswitches are also used in levelling devices, such as those used on vending machines. In an elevator, these devices are used in the door as a safety switch.Microswitches can be designed to be very sensitive. Such designs can be used in very precise equipment, such as that which measures the flow of air or other gasses through a system. These devices are used extensively in industry, often in control circuits.

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Description Price Actuator Type Terminal Type Contact Current Rating Contact Configuration IP Rating Operating Force Minimum Operating Temperature Maximum Operating Temperature Switch Housing Contact Material Case Material Mechanical Life Release Force Operating Temperature Range
RS Stock No. 804-6225
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£1.62
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Short Lever Quick Connect 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT - 400 gms -55 (Environmental)°C +85°C V3 Housing Silver on Copper Glass Filled Thermoplastic 10000000Operations 80gf -55 → +85 (Environmental)°C
RS Stock No. 804-6275
BrandRS PRO
£2.43
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Button Quick Connect 16 A @ 250 V ac DP - 800 gms - +85°C - Silver - - 160gf Maximum of +85°C
RS Stock No. 797-2573
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£6.82
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Roller Lever Screw 15 A @ 250 V ac SP-CO - 131 gms - - - Fine Silver Plastic 1000000Operations 21gf -
RS Stock No. 797-2567
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£2.40
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Cap Quick Connect 16 A @ 250 V ac DP-CO - 800 gms - +85°C - Silver - - 160gf Maximum of +85°C
RS Stock No. 797-2558
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£18.95
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Long Roller Lever Solder 5 A @ 250 V ac SP-CO IP67 200 gms -10°C +85°C - Silver Glass Fibre Reinforced Nylon 1000000Operations 40gf -10 → +85°C
RS Stock No. 797-2511
BrandRS PRO
£9.89
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Lever Screw 15 A @ 250 V ac SP-CO - 85 gms - - - Fine Silver Plastic 1000000Operations 14gf -
RS Stock No. 797-2542
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£10.24
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Pin Plunger Cable 5 A @ 250 V ac SP-CO IP67 390 gms -10°C +85°C - Silver Glass Fibre Reinforced Nylon 1000000Operations 110gf -10 → +85°C
RS Stock No. 804-6196
BrandRS PRO
£2.39
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Long Straight Lever Solder 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT - 250 gms -55 (Environmental)°C +85°C V3 Housing Silver on Copper Glass Filled Thermoplastic 10000000Operations 25gf -55 → +85 (Environmental)°C
RS Stock No. 797-2514
BrandRS PRO
£5.24
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Roller Lever Screw 15 A @ 250 V ac SP-CO - 213 gms - - - Fine Silver Plastic 1000000Operations 35gf -
RS Stock No. 797-2561
BrandRS PRO
£6.43
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Cap Quick Connect 16 A @ 250 V ac DP-CO - 800 gms - +85°C - Silver - - 160gf Maximum of +85°C
RS Stock No. 804-6199
BrandRS PRO
£6.78
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Spring Lever Screw 15 A @ 250 V ac SP - 170 gms - - - Silver - 1000000Operations 21gf -
RS Stock No. 804-6284
BrandRS PRO
£1.25
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Button Quick Connect 16 A @ 250 V ac DP - 800 gms - +85°C - Silver - - 160gf Maximum of +85°C
RS Stock No. 804-6269
BrandRS PRO
£0.232
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Plunger Solder 2 A @ 250 V ac SP - 100 gms -25°C +85°C - Silver Glass Filled Thermoplastic 500000 Operations @ 60 cpm 15gf -25 → +85°C
RS Stock No. 797-2520
BrandRS PRO
£5.99
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Lever Screw 15 A @ 250 V ac SP-CO - 185 gms - - - Fine Silver Plastic 1000000Operations 35gf -
RS Stock No. 804-6237
BrandRS PRO
£1.86
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Short Lever Quick Connect 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT - 400 gms -55 (Environmental)°C +85°C V3 Housing Silver on Copper Glass Filled Thermoplastic 10000000Operations 80gf -55 → +85 (Environmental)°C
RS Stock No. 175-9545
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£2.78
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£2.78
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Push Button PCB 125 mA @ 125 V ac, 200 mA @ 50 V dc, 400 mA @ 32 V ac Single Pole Single Throw (SPST) IP68 3 → 6 N -30°C +85°C - - - - - -30 → +85°C
RS Stock No. 175-8754
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