C&K designs miniature tact switch rated to 10 million cycles

C&K, a manufacturer of high reliability electromechanical switches, has launched a new tact switch with a rating of 10 million cycles.

The KSC Tireless Endurance (KSC TE) is a revolutionary addition to C&K’s tactile product portfolio that helps ease the design cycle by offering a long-standing lifetime for its size and force range. The superior tact switch is intended for demanding applications in the industrial, elevator, and gaming industries.

Combining a soft actuator and a revised internal structure enables the KSC TE to provide 10 million cycles. Most existing solutions only offer maximum actuations of 5 million cycles at 1.6N..

With ultra-long reliability, there is less need for costly maintenance or replacement. Its compact size of 6.2 x 6.2 x 3.5 mm gives designers more room to add additional functionality to their units or to reduce their PCB size. The soft actuator allows for easier tolerance management with possible pre-load, and at an IP67 rating it offers strong protection against dust and water ingress.