Vandal Resistant Switch Pushgate Duraswitch


Keypad Technologies for Demanding Environments

What is PushGate?

PushGate® is a patented push-button design that incorporates crisp tactile feedback similar to an electro-mechanical switch. Parts that wear out in typical tactile designs are eliminated and replaced with a magnet-armature design. The thin profile of PushGate® switches works without the scraping, flexing, or grinding that typical membrane switch components endure.

Advantages of PushGate® Technology

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  • Crisp, consistent tactile feel
    • Superior tactile feel that does not degrade over time
    • Dependable performance over typical competitor products
  • Durability and reliability
    • Rated to over 30 million actuations
    • More reliable than traditional metal dome membrane switches
    • Eliminates material stress caused by bending and flexing of materials
    • Temperature, chemical and vandal-resistant
    • Environmentally sealed for use in harsh and wet environments
  • Design Flexibility
    • Easy to integrate with thiNcoder® rotor and other switch components
    • Will work with either a rigid PCB or FPC
    • Backlighting can be easily integrated. Full-key illumination possible with fiber optic, EL and LED backlighting
    • Maintains firm tactile feel when backlighting is incorporated

Technical Specifications

  PCB Application Flex Circuit (FPC) Application
Current 50mA 20mA
Voltage 3 – 50 VDC or AC peak 3 – 30 VDC or AC peak
Power 1.5W 0.6W
Switch Resistance Less than 20 Ohms Less than 100 Ohms initial
Thickness (typical) 0.145″ / 3.7mm 0.086″ / 2.2mm
Switch Armature Spacing 0.750″ / 19.06mm center spacing 0.750″ / 19.06mm center spacing
ESD/EMI/RFI Shielding Capable Capable
Life >30 million actuations >30 million actuations
Actuation Variance No noticeable difference No noticeable difference
Actuation Force 10 oz / 284 gm. / 2.8N 10 oz / 284 gm. / 2.8N
Switch Travel 0.012″ / 0.3mm 0.012″ / 0.3mm
Contact Bounce 1ms typical 1ms typical
Storage Temperature -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C
Operating Temperature -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C
Altitude 40,000 ft. 40,000 ft.
Thermal Shock -40°C to +85°C -40°C to +85°C
Humidity 95% RH 95% RH
Salt Fog, 5% Solution 24 hrs. 24 hrs.
Shock 100g 100g
Drop 3 feet 3 feet
Magnetic Material Bonded Derite
Armature Material 1008 – 1010 steel with silver plating