PR 124 - Released Dec 2016

electronica 2016: the film

knitter-switch was once again exhibiting at the elctronica, the world´s leading trade fair for electronics industry. 73.000 visitors from 88 countries all over the world came to Munich. For knitter-switch it was a very special year. For 50 years, knitter-switch has been at the forefront of electronic switching. 50 years of knitter-switch, that means 50 years of switches, 50 years of innovation, 50 years of customer focus, 50 years of quality, 50 years of customer service. Click the film on our homepage and see how we celebrated 50 years knitter-switch at the electronica 2016.


knitter-switch as always used electronica to both introduce new products and meet its customers and this year’s show it has not been different  - with sales and support staff on hand to discuss the latest switch developments, specific applications and the new products included in the company’s 2016/17 product catalogue. 


Key focus areas of the knitter-switch booth  included detector switches and capacitive switches:

Detector-switches are used for recognition of variation or manipulation of movable or removable parts. This can be caps, covers, or connections. For example they are used for printers to notice empty paper tray. Or they are responsible to recognize any manipulation at a smoke detector.

The detector switches of the series DT and  DTS  are available in various configurations:  normally open or normally closed (NO or NC),  horizontal or vertical, SMT or  through hole technology. They comply with highest requirements: for operating temperature up to 85 C and up to 3.000.000 operations.

The capacitive switches from knitter-switch, series CTK, are an alternative to the popular anti-vandal pushbuttons: Their IK-rating (mechanical resistance of the visible parts) of IK10 is conform to highest requirement categories. And also the IP rating for dust and water is IP68. But they are smarter than the normal vandal resistant types: Because of integrated electronic they can be used with momentary and latching function and NO, NC or changeover contact. Ring illumination, legend etching or indicator light with 1 or 2 LEDs are possible.

Based on common measurements (threaded bushing M19x1) they can be used without any change for front panels which have been designed for vandal resistant switches. In addition to that they can be ordered in a 22 mm and a 16 mm version. Caused by the electronic inside the switches work in a voltage range from 5 to 30 VDC. There are two models of contact rating: 0,2 A and 1,5 A. With this it is even possible to switch high-power LED–lamps.