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It is a common type of DIP switch and provides at least two switch positions including on or off. They are identified and characterized by the sliding actuator, a part that closes the circuit by touching the contacts. Read More…

Slide Switches A slide switch is a device that breaks an electrical circuit by moving linearly from position to position, interrupting the current's flow.
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South El Monte, CA  |  626-442-7180

Electro-Mech Components designs and manufactures illuminated pushbutton switches and miniature switches plus multiswitch interlocking assemblies and indicator lights. We have an extensive selection of off-the-shelf pushbutton switches plus industrial-grade switches and are always happy to customize.

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Electro-Mech Components, Inc. $$$

Weymouth, MA  |  781-335-5200

When you select an electric switch or relay from Electroswitch, you’re gaining the benefit of over 50 years of experience. The primary supplier of rugged, high-quality rotary switches, toggle switches, panels and other electrical products, Electroswitch has the knowledge to meet the intricacies of any application with quality, reliability and performance. With Electroswitch, there’s Never A Doubt.

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ElectroSwitch Corporation $$$

Carpentersville, IL  |  847-428-7171

OTTO Engineering designs and manufactures switches and control grips for the most demanding applications. From material handling to medical, from commercial to military applications, we provide sealed snap-action, pushbutton, toggle, rocker, rotary and lighted switches.

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OTTO Engineering, Inc. $$$

Des Plaines, IL  |  800-544-3354

Have a switch-related problem? Let ITW Switches provide you with the solution via our extensive line of slide switches, sealed switches, pushbutton switches, rocker switches, vandal-resistant and snap-action switches. If a standard switch won't work, we'll custom make one. In business since 1954.

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ITW Switches $$$

Eden Prairie, MN  |  800-806-6113

The electric switches that we offer here at ALUDEC USA cannot be topped by the competition. We breathe and live precision and that means our products are at the top of the line at all times. It is our goal that each and every customer has their expectations exceeded so that we keep you coming back to us for all of your electric switch needs. Contact us via telephone or email or visit our website today to learn more about how we may be able to assist you!

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ALUDEC USA $$$

Raleigh, NC  |  919-833-9707

Electroswitch Electronic Products is a superior designer and manufacturer of a range of electric switches, such as rotary switches (open frame, enclosed frame, specialty, military) and miniature switches (pushbutton, toggle, rocker and paddle). We also offer OakGrigsby optical and mechanical encoders.

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Electroswitch Electronic Products $$$
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There are many variations on this kind of switch, including open frame slide switches, dimmer switches, surface mounted sealed slide switches and switches that are dustproof, waterproof and weather resistant. Slide switches are made from the same components as other switches such as terminals, wires, conductors and the actuator. The main difference is how they are positioned inside the housing; slide switches are arranged for linear movement.

The enclosure may be plastic, thermoplastic or metal, and the size of the switch is described as subminiature, miniature or standard. Slide switches have traditionally been used to control volume for audio and video equipment and devices because most provide a gradient of power that can slowly increase or decrease volume, speed, temperature and other characteristics. They are used in consumer products contexts as well as commercially and industrially; they are commonly used as dimmer switches and for controlling the operating speed of hand tools along with many other electrical products and devices.

Slide switches are generally composed of a strip of a conducting material that is mounted on a sliding actuator. Contacts are attached to the terminals of the switch. The terminals are mounted in the body, which contains a track on which the slider moves. When the conductor comes into contact with the terminals on either end, the circuit closes and current passes through it.

When it slides the other direction and contacts the opposite terminal, that particular circuit closes and allows the current to flow. A different kind of switching slide uses the movement of the actuator to cause a pivoting motion of the conductor from one extreme position to another; as the slider is pushed in one direction, the conductor is pulled toward the corresponding terminal. They may be single pole single-throw (SPST), single pole double-throw (SPDT), double pole single-throw (DPST) or double pole double-throw (DPDT).

Slide switches typically have more than three terminals to provide an off and on function along with another option. They vary in electrical specifications such as the maximum current rating or maximum voltage. The types of terminals may be wire leads, soldered terminals or feed-through style. Additional features include small lights to illuminate the switch, markings or labels on the enclosure or textured surfaces.

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