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 types

There 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.

Standards

We 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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N° de stock RS 173-8342
Référence fabricantABV162450
MarquePanasonic
8,16 €
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Simulated Roller Lever Pre-wired 5 A @ 250 V ac SPST-NC IP67 1.18 N -40°C +85°C - Silver Nickel Alloy PPHS 5 x 10^6Operations 0.13N -40 → +85°C
N° de stock RS 517-797
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MarqueZF
3,14 €
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Hinge Lever Tab 10.1 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC IP6K7 1.18 N -40°C +120°C - Silver Alloy - 1000000Operations - -40 → +120°C
N° de stock RS 741-0971
Référence fabricant1080.0403
MarqueMarquardt
3,44 €
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Plunger Tab 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT IP00, IP40 1 N -40°C +125°C V0 Housing Silver Glass Fibre Reinforced PA 200000000Cycles 0.3N -40 → +125°C
N° de stock RS 150-855
Référence fabricantD459-B8AA
MarqueZF
3,21 €
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Button Solder 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC - 0.98 N -40°C +85°C - Silver Alloy - - - -40 → +85°C
N° de stock RS 616-0473
Référence fabricantVX5-1A2
MarqueOmron
4,14 €
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Pin Plunger Solder 5 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC IP40 0.25 N -25°C +80°C - Silver Alloy - 50000000Operations 0.03N -25 → +80°C
N° de stock RS 517-634
Référence fabricantDB2C-B1RC
MarqueZF
2,50 €
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Roller Lever Tab 10.1 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC - 0.93 N -40°C +120°C - Gold; Silver Alloy - 15000000Operations - -40 → +120°C
N° de stock RS 173-9320
Référence fabricant42680
MarqueSaia-Burgess
2,859 €
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Plunger Tab 10 A @ 250 V ac SPST-NC IP40 4.5 N -40°C +85°C - Silver (Stationary); Silver Nickel (Movable) Glass Fibre Reinforced Nylon 10^6Operations 4.8N -40 → +85°C
N° de stock RS 682-2409
Référence fabricantD3V-162-1A5
MarqueOmron
2,91 €
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Hinge Lever Solder, Tab 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC IP40 - -25°C +105°C - Silver Alloy - 10000000Operations - -25 → +105°C
N° de stock RS 159-4455
Référence fabricantD459-V3RA
MarqueZF
3,378 €
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Short Roller Lever Tab 16 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC - 0.98 N -40°C +85°C - Silver Alloy - - - -40 → +85°C
N° de stock RS 682-2840
Référence fabricantVX-013-1C23
MarqueOmron
4,64 €
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Long Hinge Lever Tab 100 mA @ 30 V dc SPDT-NO/NC IP40 0.2 N -25°C +80°C - Gold Alloy - 10000000Operations 0.05N -25 → +80°C
N° de stock RS 157-1014
Référence fabricantV4NT9
MarqueSaia-Burgess
5,01 €
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Plunger Solder 5 A @ 250 V ac SPDT IP67 0.5 N -40°C +85°C - - - 3 x 10^6Operations 0.1N -40 → +85°C
N° de stock RS 157-1036
Référence fabricantV4NS
MarqueSaia-Burgess
7,47 €
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Plunger Pre-wired 5 A @ 250 V ac SP-NO/NC IP67 2.5 N -10°C +85°C - Fine Silver Glass Fibre Reinforced Nylon 3 x 10^6Operations 0.3N -10 → +85°C
N° de stock RS 307-4004
Référence fabricant83 170 408
MarqueCrouzet
2,77 €
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Plunger Solder 5 A @ 250 V ac NO/NC - 0.6 N -20°C +125°C - Silver Nickel PET 3 x 10^7Operations 0.1N -20 → +125°C
N° de stock RS 173-8351
Référence fabricantAVT3204
MarquePanasonic
0,86 €
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Pin Plunger Solder 3 A @ 250 V ac SPDT - 0.98 N -25°C +85°C - Silver Nickel Alloy - 5 x 10^5Operations 0.15N -25 → +85°C
N° de stock RS 320-506
Référence fabricantDC1C-C3AA
MarqueZF
8,73 €
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Button Through Hole 6 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC IP6K7 1.96 N -40°C +105°C - Silver Alloy - 1000000Operations - -40 → +105°C
N° de stock RS 173-9362
Référence fabricantV3SYR1-UL
MarqueSaia-Burgess
28,04 €
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Roller Lever Pre-wired 5 A @ 250 V ac SP-NO/NC IP67 2.3 N -40°C +85°C - Silver Glass Fibre Reinforced Nylon 10^6Operations 0.42N -40 → +85°C
N° de stock RS 307-3994
Référence fabricant83 170 405
MarqueCrouzet
3,15 €
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Plunger Solder 5 A @ 250 V ac NO/NC - 0.6 N -20°C +125°C - Silver Nickel PET 3 x 10^7Operations 0.1N -20 → +125°C
N° de stock RS 472-8308
Référence fabricantV4NST7UL
MarqueSaia-Burgess
5,65 €
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Plunger Solder 5 A @ 250 V ac SPDT-NO/NC IP67 2.5 N -40°C +85°C - Fine Silver Glass Fibre Reinforced Nylon 5000000Operations 0.3N -40 → +85°C
N° de stock RS 307-4010
Référence fabricant83 170 902
MarqueCrouzet
3,61 €
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Plunger Solder 100 mA @ 250 V ac SPDT - 0.6 N -20°C +125°C V4 Housing Silver Nickel PET 3 x 10^7Operations 0.1N -20 → +125°C
N° de stock RS 321-600
Référence fabricant42680
MarqueSaia-Burgess
3,57 €
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Plunger Tab 10 A @ 250 V ac SPST-NC IP40 4.5 N -40°C +85°C - Silver (Stationary); Silver Nickel (Movable) Glass Fibre Reinforced Nylon 10^6Operations 4.8N -40 → +85°C