ELECTRONICS:C&K Components is now providing OEM customers with complete packaged switch solutions. For applications in the automotive, consumer electronics, medical, marine and other industries, C&K is supplying the complete module including the switch, fully-decorated face surface with painted and laser-etched buttons and company graphics, as well as wire harnessing.In the automotive industry, C&K has developed a complete module for automatic shifters for simplified integration into the application in a number of automobiles. In this instance, C&K’s solution can be carried from platform to platform, easily integrating into each vehicle.
In the consumer electronics arena, C&K has developed a complete module for a Satellite-Navigation software company consisting of four tactile switches with uniform backlighting, with one of the switches recessed to prevent accidental actuation. The end product included a device with a fully decorated face surface, including painted and laser-etched buttons and company logo graphics, with a wire harness to plug into the receiver box, thus providing a complete module and solving a major challenge for the customer.
In the medical and marine industries, C&K has developed complete modules for electronic staple counting mechanisms and a solution to replace a mercury float switch that included a connector and gasket in a sealed module, respectively.
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