Tuesday, September 5, 2000
Watertown, MA--The Design News' tour of switch
manufacturers continued last week with a stop at C&K Components, which is
now part of ITT Industries. A plant tour given by John Bright, production cell
manager, highlighted the company's lean manufacturing practices which allows the
company to serve customers with smal-to-medium size orders--as opposed to
customers with multimillion piece orders.
One such new, almost custom product is C&K's family of five
DIP switch lines including: half-pitch devices, low-profile units, side-actuated
styles, SIP devices, and 10-mm coded rotary switches. Highlights are the TDA
series featuring low profiles and they take up half the circuit board space of
other half-pitch products. These surface mount switches have improved sealing
using removable Kapton tape, says the company.
The SDA switches have a high-pressure gas-tight contact system
that doesn't require tape sealing. BPA side actuated DIPs (saving product
volume) are sealed like the SDA family and feature long actuators that act like
levers, easing operation. The CRD rotary switches are larger than the company's
8-mm ones, with easier to read numbers. All the new models are included in a DIP
design guide available at http://www.ckcorp.com/dip/dipad.