Rugged waterproof push button and rocker switches from Cherry
Published: 26 November 2015 - Lisa Peake
CHERRY Industrial Solutions KC, KF and KD round waterproof switches meet IP65 specifications and provide a cost-effective switching solution for the many applications requiring protection from water and dust ingress.
Typical applications include on and off-road vehicles, industrial handling and agricultural equipment, medical systems, powered garden tools, lawnmowers and garden sprayers. Three product families are available: the KD and KC series of round rocker switches and the KF switch series for products requiring a pushbutton solution.
The KC series switches are IP65 rated and designed to a fit panel cut-out of 20.20mm diameter. Illuminated and non-lighted versions are available with a black actuator and housing for the non-lighted version and red actuator with black housing and red lens for the illuminated version. This series of single-pole, single-throw (SPST) function switches offers multiple termination options. Electrical ratings include 16A @ 125VAC, 10A @ 250VAC, 20A @ 14VDC, 10A @ 28VDC and an EN61058 rated version in 10(4)A @ 250V.
KD series switches are available in two versions: DPST (double pole, single throw) and DPDT (double pole, double throw). Featuring snap-in mounting to fit the same aperture sizes as the KC series, they can be supplied as illuminated or non-lighted versions and are rated for DC and AC loads to 16A @ 125VAC, 10A @ 250VAC, 20A @ 14VDC and 10A @28VDC, all models have quick connect 0.187in (4.76mm) terminals.
For applications requiring a round pushbutton switch rather than a rocker, the KF series is offered in five different versions, both SPST and DPST and both types of switch can be supplied lit and unlit as required. Maintained-action and momentary switching is a further option. The KF series has quick-connect 4.76mm terminals and is IP-65 compliant. Electrical ratings are: 20A @ 14VDC and 10A @ 28VDC, and in UL 1054 ratings of 10A @ 125VAC and 6A @ 250VAC, 1/2HP and 125/250VAC are also available.
All three switch families have a rugged design for industrial and outdoor applications offer a mechanical life of 100,000 cycles and a long electrical life of between 6,000 and 25,000 cycles.
Full specifications and documentation can be found on the Sealed Rocker Switch page of Cherry’s website. For more information call +44 (0)1582 506140 or visit www.cherryswitches.com. The KC, KF and KD switches are available from major distributors worldwide.