A rotary switch refers to an electromechanical switch that is operated by rotation and has a rotating shaft attached to a terminal. This terminal exists to make or break connections to one or more terminals.
Rotary switches resemble knobs and are often used in applications that demand many contacts within a single switch control. A rotary switch works when the switch is rotated around a single point. Multi-speed fan regulators are a good example of rotary switches. Other applications of these switches include medical equipment, computers, industrial controls, instrumentation, communications equipment and aircraft equipment.
Rotary switch accessories are additional components & parts that extend the functionality of a rotary switch and make it longer-lasting. Some common types of rotary switch accessories include rotary shafts & heads, extension shafts, and mounting parts.
Importance of Rotary Switches & Accessories
Rotary switches & accessories have applications in both industrial and non-industrial settings. While rotary switches are important in controlling and adjusting equipment and appliances by ensuring accurate control, their accessories serve an important function in maintaining and enhancing the switch's efficiency.
Best practices while purchasing Rotary Switches & Accessories
There are certain things that you should keep in mind while buying rotary switches & accessories, including:
Identify the number of poles you need and the number of poles that the rotary switch has.
Determine the type of switch frame (open or closed) the rotary switch provides and if it’s compatible with your applications.
Consider important electrical specifications like the maximum current rating, maximum AC voltage rating, and maximum DC voltage rating of your applications.
As for rotary switch accessories, ensure that they are made of durable materials capable of withstanding the conditions industrial of environments.