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Operating Force in Micro Switches

All micro-switches rely on a certain amount of force being applied to the actuator, which triggers opens or closes the circuit, depending on if the switch is normally open or normally closed. Our standard micro switches have an operating force of 20 to 27 grams, though we do make switches that are above and below that range.

For more information about the JMP Micro Switch operating force options, continue reading below.

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Different applications require different amounts of operating force. For example, a switch that detects if your refrigerator door is open wouldn’t need to be as sensitive as a switch that detects when a coin is put into a vending machine. A more sensitive switch would work in both applications, but the more sensitive a switch is, the easier it is to accidentally be triggered. You also need to be carefully about getting a switch that isn’t sensitive enough, as that would result in the switch not being triggered when it’s supposed to be. Narrowing down the specific range for the operating force is crucial if you want a micro switch to work properly.

Our standard switches have an operating force of 20 to 27 grams, though we do make switches that are above and below that range. For example, our sensitive light force micro switch can be made to have an operating force of as little as 6 grams. We are able to customize the operating force by altering the lengths of the actuators, which alters the amount of leverage the actuators have on the switch. The great thing about our switches is that we can customize them around your application, as opposed to you having to customize your application to fit the switch.

Be sure to check out our store and take a look at the different types of micro switches we offer.

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