The new switch provides durability and versatility for high-reliability applications including automotive, avionics, and industrial controls

By Heather Hamilton, contributing writer

C&K,
a designer and manufacturer of electromechanical switches, has introduced its
new SAM series multiway switch. Key features of the new series include “seamless
integration, direct motor management based on single-pole, double-throw (SPDT)
contacts, and flexible mechanical characteristics” that include travel, shaft
shape, and dimensions.

The
SAM series switch eliminates the need for relay switches, reducing the amount
of hardware required to power the device being controlled, according to the
company. Target applications include automotive, off-road vehicles, avionics,
industrial controls, and motorized health-care devices.

The
SAM series switch includes two-or four-way actuation, power contact technology
for direct motor actuation, direct mounting capability on a PCB, a
spring-loaded shaft that reduces noise from vibration, different shaft lengths
and shapes to allow for simple integration, and a variety of haptic ranges.

The
series boasts strong PCB mounting and THT terminals, which the company claims
will provide a high level of durability for automotive applications. For
customers that require a more customized product, C&K offers extra features
such as signal, low profile, and improved haptics for power contacts.

The SAM switches can be ordered off the shelf. However,
different versions are customizable for haptic and button interface modulation.