The Switch Competitive Comparison

TECHNOLOGY /
CHARACTERISTICS
UltraTough switchCapacitive switchElectro-MechanicalEMFPiezo switch
LIFE /
DURABILITY
+100 million Virtually unlimited,

No moving parts, impact,

shock and vibration resistant

+20 million Long Life,

Durability limited by

materials and thickness

Up to 10 million low /

med Life, Affected by

impact, shock,

vibration and current (load)

+20 million Long Life,

Durability limited by

materials and thickness

+20 million Long Life,

Durability limited by

materials and thickness,

Affected by impact, shock,

vibration and current (load)

PANEL
THICKNESS
0.030” (0.762 mm)

to 0.5” (12.7 mm)

Less Than

0.125” (3.175 mm)

0.5” (12.7 mm) with

bushing or panel mount

options

Less Than

0.25” (6.35 mm)

0.030” (0.762 mm)
MATERIALSAluminum, stainless-steel,

ceramics, stone, granite, glass

and some plastics

Metal

(only when isolated),

plastics and glass

AnyNo metals, only

non-conductive

plastics and glass

Aluminum,

stainless-steel,

and plastics

INTERFACEFinger, glove, rubber, overlaysConductive

materials only

AnyConductive

materials only

Any
SUSCEPTIBILITY
INTERFERENCE
NoneEMI, ESD susceptibleNoneRFI, EMI and

ESD susceptible

ESD susceptible
LINEAR
DENSITY
6 per Inch2 per inch

(must be isolated)

Limited by physical

construction

2 per inch (limited

by size of sensor)

1–2 per inch

(must be isolated)

INTELLIGENCEYes, Self-adapting,

Self-diagnosing,

Error reporting,

Communications

(RS232, USB, CAN Bus, etc.)

None, cannot distinguish

between accidental and

intentional actuations

NoneNone, cannot distinguish

between accidental and

intentional actuations

None
SEALINGCompletely sealed,

Not effected by

water pressure

Partially sealed,

Moisture causes

false actuations

AvailablePartially sealed,

Moisture can

interfere with

sensor peration

Sealed, but can not

be submerged and

may falsely actuate

under pressure

DESIGN
LIMITATIONS
Limited only by

your

imagination

Capacitive sensors

cannot be integrated

into existing enclosures

Capacitive sensors

cannot be sterilized

or exposed to moisture, explosive,

and corrosive conditions

Electro-mechanical

switches require panel

cut-outs and can not be

located on curved surfaces

EMF has limited

ability to be used in

harsh environments

Piezo-electric sensors

are suited for use only

on extremely thin metal

surfaces and never with

elastomeric overlays

As a high volume

manufacturing matter,

piezo is the most

expensive

AvailableCooming soonAvailableAvailable NoneAvailable
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