What is a Push Button Switch?
Push button switches are electro-mechanical components designed to be pressed or pushed down to activate an operation. Push buttons come in all shapes and sizes, depending on the function and design of a device. Commonly, metal push button switches are referred to as anti-vandal switches as they are hardwearing and durable. Anti-vandal switches are used for a variety of devices we use every day, such as door entry systems.
Panel Mount Push Button Switches?
Panel mount is defined as components that are inserted into a cut out on a panel. We provide a vast selection of panel mount components including; metal push button switches, plastic push button switches, navigation switches, rocker switches, toggle switches, foot switches, industrial controls, keylock and selector switches, LED indicators and panel mount buzzers.
Momentary or Latching Function?
Select from momentary push button switch function or latching (alternative) pushbutton function.
Momentary only works when there is a force pressing the button, once this force is removed the switch is no longer engaged whereas a latching switch maintains the state once pressed until the push button is pressed again to release the switch.
LED Illumination Options?
RJS supplies both non-illuminated and illuminated push switches. Choosing what type will depend on the function and design of your product. There is a wide range of LED illumination options including single, bi-colour, dual colour or RGB LED illumination. How the illumination is displayed also varies. Variations include;
- Custom text*/custom symbol illumination*
- Ring illumination
- Dot illumination
- Full illumination
Push to Make or Push to Break Switch?
A ‘push to make’ or ‘Normally Open’ (NO) switch is when an electrical flow is activated in a circuit when the button is pressed. And when the button is released the circuit is then broken and the electrical flow is stopped. This is the most common switch type.
Whereas a ‘Push to Break switch’ or ‘Normally Closed’ (NC) works in the opposite way, once pressed it stops an existing electrical flow through the circuit.
Poles and Throws
SPST (Single-pole, single-throw) switch has only got one output and one input.
SPDT (Single-pole, double-throw) switches have three terminals, one common pin and two pins which contend for connection to the common. Most suited to devices selecting between two power sources.
DPDT (Double-pole, double-throw) switches are essentially two SPDT switches that control two separate circuits and are switched together by one single actuator.
How to place an order?
There are many ways to place an order and enquire about our push button Metal switches
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