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As a convenience to our website visitors, we have compiled a glossary to ensure that you are getting all of the information you need to get your precision switch and insert molding solutions. 

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Actuation Point: Also known as the trip point or set point, refers to the point of operating of the contacts at a given pressure point. Pressure point where the contacts will close on a NO switch or will open on a NC switch.

Adjustable Range: Difference between the lowest and highest adjustable actuation or de-actuation set points of a switch.

Ambient Temperature: Temperature of the environment immediately surrounding a pressure sensing element.

Burst Pressure: This specification is the maximum over pressure condition that the switch can withstand without experiencing leakage.

Contact Resistance: Electrical resistance of a pair of closed contacts.

Dead Band: Area from slightly above zero gauge pressure to slightly below, within which sensor travel is not sufficient to reliably actuate a mechanical switch.

De-Actuation Point: Mainly on snap acting electrical switches: the point at which the electrical switch is operated on decreasing pressure.

Differential: The difference between opening (actuation) pressure and the closing (de actuation) set points.

Capacitive Load: A load which the current leads the voltage

Contact Arrangement: Refers to the type of circuit or contact form for the switch. Ex: SPST, SPDT, Normally Open or Normally Closed

Electrical Contacts: The elements in the switch that electrically respond to the media applied to the actuator.

Factory Calibrated Switch: The switch is not designed for field adjustment of set points. The switch can be ordered pre configured for immediate shipment or as a standard product, tailored to user needs.

Field Adjustable: A switch that has been designed for adjustment or calibration of set points in field application.

Inductive Load: A load in which the voltage leads the current

Media: Liquid or Gas the switch will be monitoring.

Motor Load: The load of a motor at rated horsepower and speed.

Operating Pressure Range: A range of inlet pressures in which the switch will operate correctly.

Pressure Switch Actuator: The member in the switch which receives the media and ultimately signals the electrical contacts to pen or close at the designated set point.

Pressure/Vacuum Switch: A device that senses a change in pressure/vacuum and opens or closes an electrical circuit when the point is reached.

Proof Pressure: The specification is the maximum over-pressure condition that the switch can have for a specified period of time and still maintain set point integrity.

Pressure Sensing Element: The portion of the switch that is in contact and moves as a result of change in pressure. The most common types of pressure sensing elements are diaphragms, bellows, bourdon tubes, and pistons.

Set Point: The pre-determined pressure/vacuum value that is required to open or close the electrical contacts in the switch.

Snap-Action Switch: A mechanically operated electric switch which, once its actuator has reached its operating (or release) point, immediately transfers to its opposite position without further travel of the actuator.

Switch Contact Forms:

Form A 1PST- NO: Single pole, Single throw, normally open

Form B 1PST- NC: Single pole, single throw, normally closed

Form C 1PDT- 1 NO/ 1 NC: Sing pole, double throw, break before make

Form X 1PST-NO DB: Single pole, single throw, normally open, double break

Form Y 1PST-NO-DB: Single pole, single throw, normally closed, double break

SPDT- Single Pole Double Throw: The switch has three terminals, one normally open, normally closed and a common terminal.

SPST-Single Pole Single Throw: Normally Closed and a common or Normally Open and a common terminal.

Switching Element- Normally Closed: A normally closed switch conducts electricity until the actuator is moved by the media causing the contacts to open.

Switching Element- Normally Open: A normally open switch does not conduct an electrical signal until the actuator is moved by the media causing the contacts to close.

Wetted Parts: Components of a switch that are directly exposed to the media.

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