Limit Switches

Limit switches are a contact proximity sensor device that consists of an actuator mechanically linked to a set of output contacts. When an object comes into contact with the actuator, the device operates the contacts to make or break an electrical connection.

Limit Switch Makeup

Limit switches are made up of three key components:
•Actuator Head - The actuator is the part of the switch that makes physical contact with the object. In some limit switches, the actuator is attached to an operating head which translates a rotary, linear, or perpendicular motion to open or close the electrical contacts of the switch.


•Switch Body – The switch body is the component containing the electrical contact mechanism, the contacts within the body open or close the electrical circuit when the actuator is activated.


•Receptacle/Terminals - The component containing the terminal screws or screw/clamp assembly necessary for wiring purposes.



Actuator Types

Limit switches are available with a wide range of actuator types. The type of actuator used can be determined by the mounting position, force required and objects to be detected.
•Rotary Lever - with lever actuators, a cam or plate hits the end of the lever arm which in turn rotates a shaft and operates the contacts in the switch. The rotation may be spring returned (momentary) or maintained.


•Plunger - Plunger types are best where short controlled machine movements are present or where mounting space does not permit a lever type.


•Cat Whisker or Coil Spring – Longer actuators with a coil wire that can be moved/bent in multiple directions. Typically used in conveying applications to count objects as they pass by.


•Forked – Used with maintained contacts, consisting of two roller levers. One roller will trip the switch and when the second is moved to the opposite direction it will reset the switch.

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RS Stock No. 386-0366
Mfr. Part No.Z15GQ22B
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Plunger SPDT NO/NC IP00 15 A - 500V 250V - Snap Action - Screw 58.9mm 49.2mm
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Plunger SPDT NO/NC IP00 15 A - 500V 250V - Snap Action - Screw 47.3mm 49.2mm
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Plunger SPST NO/NC IP67 10 A - 500V 250V PG 13.5 Snap Action WL Screw 40mm 42mm
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Lever SPDT NO/NC IP00 15 A Thermosetting Resin 500V 250V Screw Snap Action - Screw 49.2mm 29.4mm
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Roller Plunger SPDT NO/NC IP67 5 A - 125V - Screw Snap Action - Screw 57mm 32.9mm
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Roller Lever SPDT NO/NC IP65 15 A - 480V 250V - Snap Action - Screw 78.9mm 86mm
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Plunger SPDT NO/NC IP65 15 A - 480V 250V - Snap Action - Screw 75.2mm 86mm
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Lever SPDT NO/NC IP67 3 A ac, 250 mA dc - 480V 250V Screw Snap Action - Screw 70mm 48.5mm
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Mfr. Part No.Z15GW22B
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Roller Lever SPDT NO/NC IP00 15 A - 500V 250V - Snap Action - Screw 39.4mm 49.2mm
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Roller Plunger SPDT NO/NC IP67 3 A ac, 250 mA dc - 480V 250V Screw Snap Action - Screw 70mm 47mm
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Mfr. Part No.Z-15GW55-B
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$24.35
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Lever SPDT NO/NC IP00 15 A - 500V 250V - Snap Action - Screw 28.2mm 49.2mm
RS Stock No. 908-3284
Mfr. Part No.WLNJ-G-N
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$167.94
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Coil Spring SPST NO/NC IP67 10 A - 500V 250V PG 13.5 Snap Action WL Screw 40mm 42mm
RS Stock No. 828-1027
Mfr. Part No.WL-CA12-GN
BrandOmron
$171.63
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Adjustable Roller Lever DPST NO/NC IP67 2 A Aluminium Alloy, Stainless Steel 250V 48V G1/2 Conduit Double Break WL Screw 94.1mm 40mm
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Plunger SPDT NO/NC IP67 2 A ac, 200 mA dc - 480V 250V Screw Snap Action - Screw 73.5mm 35.9mm
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Mfr. Part No.WLCA12-Y-N
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Roller Lever SPST NO/NC IP67 10 A - 500V 250V M20 Snap Action WL Screw 40mm 53.2mm
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$45.44
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Lever SPDT NO/NC IP00 15 A - 500V 250V - Snap Action - Screw 29mm 49.2mm
RS Stock No. 748-2926
Mfr. Part No.SHL-Q2255
BrandOmron
$109.05
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Roller Plunger SPDT NO/NC IP67 2 A ac, 200 mA dc - 480V 250V Screw Snap Action - Screw 73.5mm 35.9mm
RS Stock No. 908-3269
Mfr. Part No.WLCA12-2NG-N
BrandOmron
$158.89
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Roller Lever SPST NO/NC IP67 10 A - 500V 250V PG 13.5 Snap Action WL Screw 40mm 53.2mm
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Coil Spring SPST NO/NC IP67 10 A - 500V 250V M20 Snap Action WL Screw 40mm 42mm
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Mfr. Part No.ZE-N-2G
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Plunger SPDT NO/NC IP65 15 A - 480V 250V - Snap Action - Screw 71.3mm 86mm