APEM recently introduced its MT Series of toggle switches. The new environmentally sealed switch functions as a rocker or rotary switch. The switch is IP68 rated and is available in two or three positions.
The MT series toggle switches feature silver- or gold-plated brass contacts and an 11/16 threaded bushing. The switches also feature a rating of 3A at 250V AC or 6A at 125V AC for an expected 50,000 cycles over their life and 0.4 VA at 20V DC for an expected 100,000 cycles over their life.
Applications include portable handheld devices such as radio remote controls. The switches are suitable for medical, security, marine, military, transportation and agricultural industries. The MT series switches come in either a standard chrome finish or a matte black finish. Pricing is not defined yet but will be approximately $20 per switch at item one.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.