SOURCE: NKK Switches

March 31, 2011 08:00 ET

NKK Switches Announces Shaft Actuated Option for 10mm, SMT, DIP Rotary Switches

FR02 Devices Enable More Convenient Actuation

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - March 31, 2011) - NKK Switches, the world's leading designer and manufacturer of innovative electromechanical switches, today announced it has expanded its FR Series of 10mm ultra-thin, surface mount, DIP rotary switches to now include a shaft actuated option.

Where previous versions of SMT FR Series devices were only available with screwdriver actuation, the FR02 shaft actuated version enables more convenient hand actuation, while still retaining the ability to be adjusted with a flat tipped screwdriver.

With a height of just 3.8mm, FR Series devices also deliver the lowest profile in the industry and allow close stacking of PC boards.

The detent mechanism of the FR Series gives a crisp, positive action providing accurate switch setting. Actuators are fully rotational and can be operated either clockwise or counterclockwise.

Ten-position decimal and 16-position hexadecimal configurations are available in real or complement codes. Highly visible legends with an arrow to indicate position provide trouble-free code setting whether shaft or screwdriver actuated. Color-keyed actuators identify codes.

The cam activated movable contact and gold contacts ensure contact reliability and continuity. The electrical rating is 100mA @ 5V DC while switching, and 100mA @ 50V DC when not switching. The operating temperature range is negative 25 degrees Celsius to positive 85 degrees Celsius, enabling a wide range of applications.

These devices are straight mount and feature gull wing terminals. Gull-winged terminals deliver mechanical stability during soldering and simplify solder joint inspection. The coplanarity tolerance zone is 0.15mm maximum, the allowable distance between all considered surfaces in two parallel planes.

FR02 devices are environmentally friendly, meeting the RoHs directive restricting the use of hazardous substances. The heat resistant resin materials are UL94V-0 and allow for infrared convection reflow soldering.

Packaging for FR02 switches includes a tape-reel of 200 pieces for shaft actuated models or 500 pieces per tape-reel for screwdriver actuated models. Stick tube packaging of 50 pieces is also available.

A leading designer and producer of electromechanical switches, NKK Switches offers one of the industry's most extensive selections of illuminated, process sealed, miniature, specialty, surface mount and programmable switches. NKK manufactures more than 3.5 million toggle, rocker, pushbutton, slide, rotary, DIP rotary, keypad and keylock switches, each of which can be used as the foundation of a customized design. All switches are designed and manufactured to provide the quality and dependability that has made NKK the benchmark for reliability for over half a century.

NKK continues to lead the industry in responding to the needs of the marketplace with innovation, high reliability, customization and a commitment to excellence. The company provides a full suite of customization solutions that include: design, programming, printing and support. Downloadable 3D CAD models of the company's switches are available, allowing design engineers to quickly integrate complex models into their designs at no charge. NKK maintains a complete network of qualified representatives and distributors through the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

Engineers who design the human-machine interface for their products rely on the broad product line, specialized design expertise and customer support of NKK Switches. For more information, contact NKK Switches, 7850 E. Gelding Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Phone: (480) 991-0942. Fax: (480) 998-1435. Visit the NKK Web site at www.nkkswitches.com

Contact Information

  • For more information, contact:
    Chris Walker
    Connect Public Relations
    480-366-6015

    Mark Wuolle
    NKK Switches
    480-991-0942