They are also a smart choice when your control panel requires many switches to control the electronics. Installation with the PCB makes the mounting simpler and with added security as there is just one connector to plug. PCB switches are quite often more compact than panel switches and therefore an excellent choice when space is limited.
Furthermore, they are excellent for achieving a flush-with-panel look.
The slide switches are mainly used for on-off function and were originally designed for telecommunication applications as they are easy to activate blindly.
Tactile switches are the smallest switches in APEM’s range, they have a short travel and handle low current.
Since switches and accessories are designed separately from each other, there are endless possibilities to design the control panel for your application.
The series is based on snap dome technology giving the switches good tactile feedback. There are flush, round, and square actuator options to choose from, and the latter can also be used with keycaps. This PCB switch range offers a square and round standard cap option in various colors.
The switches also come in variable heights to match your behind-the-panel height requirements.
Low actuation force and short travel make them a good option for home appliances and other indoor applications.
Snap dome technology gives these PCB switches excellent tactile feedback, with different SMT terminals available to adjust to your specific need. Most of these tactile switches are normally open (NO); however, there is also a normally closed (NC) option.
Low actuation force and short travel make them a good option for home appliances and other indoor applications, and the compact size makes them a great option for instrumentation.
Snap dome technology gives these PCB switches excellent tactile feedback. This selection of the MJTP/PHAP33 range includes options for various TH mounting, including the edge of the PCB and right angle. The illuminated version adds an option for a light guide, including standard keycap options to save time on designing a cap.
Low actuation force and short travel make them a good option for home appliances and other indoor applications, while the compact size of these tactile switches makes them perfect for instrumentation.
Multimec™ 5E switch has a small diameter snap-on cap retention system and an actuator extended out of the switch body. 5E is only available in high temperature material in order to stand today´s advanced soldering processes.
Caps available for 5E are: 1SS, 1PS, 1YS/1YAS and Rockermec™ solution.
Multimec™ 5G switch has a large diameter snap-on cap retention system and an actuator levelled with the switch body. The switch series has 3 standard actuation forces and is only available in high temperature material in order to stand today´s advanced soldering processes. Furthermore, the switch can be supplied with one or two LEDs integrated on it in order to provide excellent illumination. Night vision (NVIS) LEDs are also available.
Caps that fit Multimec™ 5G switches: 10AQS+AQW, 1A, 1B+2C/2D, 1DS, 1ES, 1FS, 1GAS, 1GCS, 1H, 1IS, 1JS, 1KS, 1KBS, 1KCS, 1LS, 1M, 1NS, 1PS, 1QS, 1RS, 1SS, 1TS, 1US, 1VS, 1WAS, 1WDS, 1WPS, 1XS, 1ZA, 1ZB, 1ZCS, 1Z, 1ZW, 10D+10DWY, 10R, 10RF, 10RM, 10Q, 10QM, 10C, Aquamec™ and Designmec.
Ultramec™ is a whole new switch line from MEC. 6C is the first switch in the line. Ultramec™ 6C switch is a low profile switch with crisp sound and feel. It has IP67 sealing, 3 million cycles and pins for accurate mounting with the J-bend terminals. The switch is excellent for under overlay and custom caps as well as when space is limited.
Caps that can be mounted on Ultramec™ 6C: 10G
Simplicity and reliability makes the Multimec™ 3C an excellent switch for build-in and over-mould solutions. In addition, the switch is great for overlay as it can still function even if the overlay breaks and an upgrade can be done by changing the overlay and not the PCB, which is very cost-effective.
DIP (Dual In-Line Package) switches allow to define the parameters within 2-12 positions whereas with coded Rotary switches are actuated through the rotation of a central shaft that causes movement of attached contacts.
Toggle switches are often used to flip functions on and off and are commonly used in agricultural machinery.
The switches can carry higher loads of current and have fixed accessories with a selection of customization possibilities, e.g. color, illumination and marking.
MEC switches are high-performing tactile switches with dozens of options to design your unique control panel. This range of MEC PCB switches has three main product groups – Unimec, Multimec and Ultramec.
Unimec is the experienced one of the group – the oldie but goodie. Unimec is a pushbutton switch with 8 contact function possibilities. The accessory range is limited, but the select possibilities provide a fair share of customization options, like color, illumination, and marking.
The Multimec range is the modular, “one-stop-shopping” for your demanding application. On one footprint, you get a switch that is waterproof with IP67 sealing, long lifetime with over 10M activations, a pick between 3 standard activation forces, robustness up to 100N, NO or NC/NO functionality, and an option for integrated LEDs. Available with thousands of accessory options including various shapes, heights, sealing levels, surface feels, colors, markings, types, and colors of illumination. There are even various navigational solutions.
This level of flexibility in design options gives you endless possibilities when creating your next HMI and allows for late-stage customization. And if this wide range of design options still leaves you wanting more, there is always an option for a custom cap.
Dualmec is the smallest SMD-mounted 2-pole switch on the market. It is the ideal choice for a safety-critical function in your industrial remote control or other limited-space device. And even though Ultramec is the newest member in this PCB switch family, the keycap selection is quite comprehensive. You have the basic square, triangle, and round cap options that match in height and measurements so you can create the exact control panel you need. There is also a panel-sealed navigational solution for your compact applications.
Explore the products and see for yourself that the MEC range is more than just switches.
The 10D cap and 10DWY sealing combination is sealed to IP67, has over 1 million cycles and 4 standard color options, including frosted white for illumination with hard paint laser etched legends.
The cap can also be used without the 10DWY sealing in combination with the non-sealed Controlmec™ or as a stand-alone product.
The 10D cap is mounted on Multimec™ 5 series.
A large rectangular cap with a flat top. The cap has three standard legend types available: pad printed, reverse printed and hard paint laser etched. There is also an optional front panel sealing to IP65. LEDs on PCB are required for excellent illumination.
10Q cap series is mounted on Multimec™ 5G series.
A large round cap with a slightly rounded top. The cap has three standard legend types available: pad printed, reverse printed and hard paint laser etched. There is also an optional front panel sealing to IP67. LEDs on PCB are required for excellent illumination.
10R cap series is mounted on Multimec 5G series.
A large round cap with a flat top. The cap has three standard legend types available: pad printed, reverse printed and hard paint laser etched. There is also an optional front panel sealing to IP67. LEDs on PCB are required for excellent illumination.
10RF cap series is mounted on Multimec™ 5G series.
These PCB switches have two to three positions built in the switch and give the operator an easy visual confirmation of the status of the switch. They can be illuminated and printed with a legend Rocker switches are often used for on-off activation of a function and commonly used in agricultural and other heavy-duty machinery.
The MT is an environmentally sealed rocker switch that is actuated with a rocking motion. Multiple single functions available. Various contact materials that allow usage from dry circuit applications up to 4A.This sealed rocker switch comes in a single pole double throw (SPDT switch) package and is available in two or three positions; momentary and maintained functions.
The EC series for PCB is a compact emergency stop switch with a panel cut-out of 22 mm. It is the markets’ first PCB mounted emergency stop switch that guarantees a high safety level, thanks to an extra locking ring that keeps the 2 parts together to avoid a floating mount. This high-level feature satisfies a critical need in many applications, especially those that need a compact e-stop solution with easy PCB installation.