Switches, Relays & Keypads


Switches for medical applications

9 August 2006 Switches, Relays & Keypads

Knitter-Switch offers a wide range of switch types for use in medical applications that incorporate additional patient and equipment safety features.

The company's static-safe micro-miniature, sub-miniature and miniature toggle switches and pushbutton switches from its FT and EST and FP, ESP and EPS families offer sensitive electronic equipment and patients protection against electrostatic discharge (ESD) discharge from operators and high voltage spikes. Offering up to 14 kV resistance to ESD, these switches can prevent damage to sensitive circuitry.

Waterproofed to IP67 (up to 30 minutes with a 1 metre water column), the MTE range of miniature toggle switches, the MTW 'Mustang' ruggedised toggle switches, and the MPE miniature pushbutton switches protect equipment deployed in damp conditions or which must be washed-down for safety or hygiene.

Versions of both toggle switches and pushbuttons are available for PCB or panel mounting and with solder tag or SMT connecting options. All switch types offer single and double throw, latching and non-latching operation and single and double pole contacts. Silver or gold contacts may be specified and mechanical life expectancy is greater than 100 000 operations.

Typical applications include control panels, instrumentation, and hand held controllers for medical equipment and appliances.



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