Vandal-resistant sealed switches take on hostile environments

High-strength, lightweight switches – the C&K’s ATP19 and ATP22 series anti-vandal sealed pushbutton switches – are IP67/IK10 rated, suit operation in harsh conditions and can withstand potential malicious damage.

The switches are also corrosion resistant and offer the industry-standard ring-illuminated version in 19mm and 22mm diameters respectively.

Both the ATP19 and ATP22 series are available in momentary or self-lock actuation versions suitable for application versatility. The UL-certified switches use a scratch-resistant actuator with housings made from metal, suiting them for use in remote and unsupervised locations where resilience to damage from vandalism is important.

Besides using brass and aluminium material as switches’ housing, the stainless steel version is available which provides impact protection to IK10 level.

Able to withstand heavy physical abuse, including attempted damage using metal tools, the switches target applications such as control panels in car parks and traffic lights, industrial instruments, elevators, escalators, communication equipment and alarms, and safety and security systems.

A choice of actuator styles and LED illumination indicator colours are available. The ATP19 and 22 are available with fixed-ring, moving-ring, spot and ring-plus-power-indicator actuators and various actuation interfaces such as flat, raised, dome configurations.

The snap-action actuator offers the user positive tactile feedback, and the switches are designed for a long lifecycle – up to 1,000,000 cycles for the momentary action and 500,000 for the self-lock version.

C&K offers a range of ESA- and MIL-qualified products to cope with vibration, radiation, outgassing, magnetism and corrosion issues. Used in aerospace, automotive, industrial, IoT, wearables, medical, telecom, consumer products and POS terminals, products include high-rel connectors, tactile, push-button, snap-acting, toggle, rocker, detect, DIP, keyswitch, navigation, rotary, slide, switchlock, thumbwheel, smart card readers and custom assemblies.

Headquartered in Newton Massachusetts, with global design centres in Newton, Dole France and Huizhou China, C&K’s global manufacturing operations comply with the standards set by the DoD, NASA, ESA, FAA and all high-quality aerospace manufacturers and suppliers.

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