APEM Components Inc. is showcasing its new IA Series of low profile pushbutton switches at National Manufacturing Week. The IA Series is ideally suited for applications requiring protection from dust, sand, water and other contaminants. Specifications include power ratings of 2A maximum at 24V dc resistive load, an electrical life of 1 million cycles at full load, and operating temperatures ranging from -40 to +85C. The IA Series pushbuttons also feature wire lead terminals and have a bushing size of 16 mm. They also feature a polyurethane membrane, providing an IP67 front-of-panel seal which ensures high resistance to frost, sand and hydrocarbons, that depresses when the switch is actuated. Potential applications include: off-road vehicles, farm equipment, marine, machine tools, food processing equipment, and medical instrumentation. APEM Components Booth 14037
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