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Though some switch panels consist only of a flat panel that must be mounted in a dashboard or instrument console, others are full enclosures with a top, sides and a bottom. Read More…

Switch Panels A switch panel allows users to quickly access a series of mounted electric switches that are arranged in an enclosure.
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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 $$$

Plainville, CT  |  860-793-9281

Carling Technologies is one of the world's largest manufacturers of Hydraulic/Magnetic and Thermal Circuit Breakers, Electrical Switches and Assemblies, and Advanced Systems including Power Distribution Centers and Electronic Control Systems. From switches to custom controls and touch screen displays, Carling provides the most advanced electronic systems for HMI Solutions.

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Carling Technologies, Inc $$$

Shelton, CT  |  203-951-4600

Since 1947, EAO Switch Corporation has built a global reputation for innovation, consistent quality and excellence in the electrical world. Producing electric switch components such as push button switches. EAO maintains high standards in every area of production. Contact us today for a competitive solution to your electronic switch needs!

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EAO Switch Corporation $$$

Little Rock, AR  |  866-600-6040

Carlton-Bates is a distributor of all kinds of electric switches: toggle switches, pushbutton switches, rocker switches, rotary tap and rotary switches, slide switches and more. We were founded in 1929, and are one of the 20 members of the National Electrical Distributors Association (NEDA).

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Carlton-Bates Company $$$

Harbor City, CA  |  310-534-0959

Judco Manufacturing Inc. manufactures and distributes a complete line of switches including pushbutton switches, slide switches, toggle switches, rocker switches, tact switches & custom switches to meet the needs of many applications. Call us for electrical switch needs and be our choice for switches.

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Judco Manufacturing Inc. $$$

Franklin, WI  |  800-824-4031

At MELTRIC, our Switch-Rated plugs and receptacles combine the safety and functionality of a disconnect switch with the convenience of a plug and receptacle into one cost-effective, reliable device. These plugs can be safely connected and disconnected under full load. Since 1982, MELTRIC has been dedicated to ensuring electrical and user safety with every product.

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MELTRIC $$$
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In a switch panel, holes in the back or bottom panel allow cables and cords to be run in and out of the switch panel. The wires, terminals and other components are hidden within the plastic, metal or wooden housing while the switches themselves are mounted on the panel's face. Switch panels provide a clean, organized look while retaining the function of the switches themselves. These panels are often modest in size, ranging from a few inches in length and width to a foot or more. In an airplane cockpit, switch panels may occupy several square feet.

Switch panels are widely used in residential, commercial and industrial settings. Multiple light switches that share a faceplate could be considered a switch panel. Control panels that are used to operate a manufacturing line or control robotic assembly are usually switch panels. Electronics consoles and instrument panels in automobiles and watercraft are also switch panels. Switch panel manufacturers produce a wide variety of models that are used in recreational vehicles, marine applications, heavy equipment, emergency equipment, public transportation and carriages.

Because of the high demand and need for switch panels and the variety of situations they are used in, many manufacturers use computer software programs to design customized switch panels. Size, shape, colors and materials vary depending on the application. Many industrial panels are constructed from sheet metal that has been cold-rolled to create a thin, strong, lightweight and durable surface. Stainless steel is corrosion resistant and is best for use in harsh environments where the switch panel will be subject to water and dust.

Other panels are made from plastics, composites and acrylic materials such as ABS or PVC. Paint film or foil laminates add color. Indicator lights or displays are also available. Electroluminescent, LED or incandescent light shines through small cut holes or symbols in either the switch actuator itself or on the panel. The switches that are mounted on the panel's surface are often rocker switches that click into place when rocked in one direction so that one side is down while the other is elevated.

Toggle switches are a more traditional and industrial option where an upright lever or handle is flipped into place. Push button switches are small, shaped buttons that operate when depressed. All kinds of switches generally work in the same way: an electricity-conducting actuator is moved into contact with a terminal, closing the circuit and allowing the current flow to pass through the switch.