This section provides an overview for proximity switches as well as their applications and principles. Also, please take a look at the list of 16 proximity switch manufacturers and their company rankings. Here are the top-ranked proximity switch companies as of June, 2023: 1.ZF Switches & Sensors, 2.SMK.
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A detection switch is a switch used to detect the position of an object and turn it on and off or switch circuits.
They operate by detecting infrared, microwave, magnetism, light, vibration, or pressure. When a switch is used to detect contact, infrared, magnetism, light, or heat, the switch is operated by the change in electrons or resistance emitted when the built-in sensing element detects light, etc. The switch is operated by the change in electrons or resistance emitted when the built-in detection element detects light, etc.
Detection switches are used in stores, residences, products, production plants, and experimental equipment. When selecting a detector switch, it is necessary to consider size, detection accuracy, noise immunity, and durability.
The following are examples of detection switches in use.
Among detection switches, this section explains the detection methods of switches that operate by contact, switches that operate by magnetism, switches that operate by light, and switches that operate by temperature change.
There are two types of detection switches: "contact type" and "non-contact type" as the first type of detection method.
Contact-type detection switches are a method that switches the contact points by the action of a physical force. Since the sensing body directly contacts the switch to switch the circuit, there is no error in detection, but there is a disadvantage that the physical contact causes the detection switch to malfunction and deteriorate over time.
Non-contact detection switches are detection switches activated by magnetism or light. Unlike contact-type switches, there is no direct contact with the sensing element, so the main body of the sensing switch has a long service life. However, they tend to be more expensive than simple contact-type detection switches.
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NIDEC COPAL ELECTRONICS was established in Japan in April, 1967 as a specialty manufacturer of electronic components. NIDEC’s offerings have increased to serve the automotive, construction, medical equipment, FA equipment, analytical measuring equipment, and residential security industries. Among the offerings are components for LiDAR, railway pressure sensors, CPAP, dialysis, MRI, and ultrasonography machines, wireless base stations, and power tools. These components include switches, sensors, mirrors, motors, and fans.
Panasonic Industry Europe is the European branch of Panasonic, a global manufacturer of electronics and houseware, originally founded in 1918. Panasonic Industry Europe manufactures in 4 categories: components, devices, energy & building, and automation devices & solutions. Components include relays, capacitors, resistors, sensors, switches, connectors, couplers. Devices include wireless connectivity, e-bike systems, motors, compressors, thermal solutions, GPS antennas, as well as electronic materials. Energy & building includes batteries, fuel cells, solar sells, power tools, and home IoT. Automation devices & solutions include sensors for factory automation, industrial motors, laser welding, and more.
SWEETA was established in 1995 and is headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan. SWEETA is a manufacturer of switches, AC sockets, and circuit breakers globally. Most products have been certified to meet international safety standards such as UL, CSA, VDE, and others. SWEETA has an extensive product line. A few listings include AC sockets, plug adapters, switches, thermostats, and test tweezers.
OMRON Electronic Components Europe is the European division of OMRON Corporation, which is based in Kyoto, Japan, and has head offices around the world. The European division has its own development and manufacturing facilities providing local customer support provided in all European countries. The European division produces PCBs and other components for the eSports, alternative energy, automated test equipment, and entertainment industries. The company’s four primary product divisions are relays, switches, connectors, and sensors including flow sensors and IoT sensors.
Canal Components Inc. is headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The company is a distributor of quality electrical and mechanical components to customers worldwide. The company sources from suppliers in China and Taiwan as well as perform in-house production in its ISO 9001-certified factories providing product testing. The company’s product categories include switches, sockets, fuses, and other component parts. The company also has a line of waterproof and washable electronic parts. The company bridges communication between suppliers and customers and encourages inquiries from customers about products.
Dawning Precision Co., Ltd. was established in 2006 and is a manufacturer of electronic switches and connectors located in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Products offered include tact switches, slide switches, detector switches, push switches, and phone jacks, which are essential components in electronic devices and systems, providing efficient connectivity and control. Their products are used in IoT applications such as cloud devices, smart homes, automotive, white goods, and healthcare products. The company is compliant with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification standards.
Ranking as of June 2023 in United States of AmericaDerivation Method
|1||ZF Switches & Sensors||50%|
Ranking as of June 2023 GloballyDerivation Method
|1||ZF Switches & Sensors||12.5%|
|4||Panasonic Industry Europe||6.3%|
|11||Taiway Electronics Components||6.3%|
|13||ALPS ALPINE CO., LTD||6.3%|
Derivation MethodThe ranking is calculated based on the click share within the proximity switch page as of June 2023. Click share is defined as the total number of clicks for all companies during the period divided by the number of clicks for each company.
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