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Proximity Switches Manufacturers and Suppliers

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For over thirty years, Douglas Corporation has been serving the industry worldwide, bringing products of quality and precision. Our high-quality materials and specific, proven design are guaranteed in every product, including our proximity switches. Whether your switch involves a multi-tasking circuit design, we have the skills and experience necessary to meet your specifications. Browse our wide product inventory or create your custom order today!
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With state-of-the-art development, Membrane Switch and Panel, Inc. brings you high-quality and customizable proximity switches. Offering digital print proof, laser cutting preemptive to hard tooling, 3-D printing and scanning, as well as other sample configurations, we bring the best and most specific options to our customers. We hold ISO 9001:2008 certification and taut thirty years experience. Please call today for more information or to place an order.
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At Wilson-Hurd, we offer extensive options and quality materials to ensure the best possible product to meet the need of your business. We manufacture proximity switches with rail and pillow embossing, rigid backers, and the best adhesives. Our state-of-the-art color-matching technology is employed in every product design to ensure best fit. Call today for more information or to place an order.
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When placing an order with Telamco, you can be assured of quality products. We are exceptionally dedicated to customer satisfaction throughout the entire manufacturing process. With the highest quality materials and cost-effective practices, we prioritize the needs of our customers. You will be satisfied with the effectiveness and longevity of our products, in addition to our reasonable pricing. Allow our experienced team to create the next proximity switch for your business.
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For over 10 years, ClickTouch has been committed to bringing together the latest technology with the highest quality materials. The results of our dedication have led us to become the supplier to over 500 consumer and OEM manufacturers worldwide. Our membrane switches combine your specifications with industry standards through the experience of our precise design. If you're looking for the most reliable proximity switch, contact us today!
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Proximity Switches

Proximity switches are made to open or close an electrical circuit when they either make contact or come within a certain distance of an object. They detect objects in close "proximity." Proximity switches come in four basic types, which are: infrared, acoustic, capacitive and inductive.

Infrared proximity switches work by sending out beams of infrared invisible light. A photodetector on the switch determines if there are any objects nearby by detecting any reflection of the beam of light that was sent out. However, due to background light, a switch with only a light source and photodiode is susceptible to inaccurate readings. For that reason, more complex models modulate the transmitted light at a specific frequency and have receivers that only respond to said frequency. Models that are even more complex can use the light reflected from an object to compute its distance from the sensor. In principle, acoustic proximity switches are similar to infrared switches, but instead of light, they use sound. Acoustic switches work by using a transducer to transmit inaudible sound waves at various frequencies in a preset sequence. Then, they measure the length of time the sound takes to hit a nearby object then return to a second transducer on the switch. Essentially, acoustic switches are employing echolocation, a practice similar to sonar, used in nature by bats and dolphins. Capacitive proximity switches sense distance to objects by detecting changes in surrounding capacitance. A radio-frequency oscillator is connected to a metal plate, and its frequency changes when the plate nears an object. When this change takes place, the frequency detector sends a signal telling the switch to open or close. Finally, inductive proximity switches sense distances to objects by generating magnetic fields, similar in this way, to metal detectors. To function, a wire coil is charged with an electrical current, which is measured by an electronic circuit. If a metallic part gets close enough to the coil, the current will increase and the switch will open or close accordingly.

Proximity switches are used primarily in manufacturing processes and equipment, robotics and security systems. For example, proximity switches may measure the position of machine components, detect the opening of a door or monitor a robot or its components proximity to an object, and steer it accordingly.

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