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Reed Switch Basics

A general overview of Reed Switch characteristics, ampere turns as a measure of reed switch sensitivity, reed switch types and their high level of quality and precision. Surface mount and through hole versions.

OKI Reed Switch Basics: A Power Point (.ppt) presentation explaining the design, manufacturing, and the testing of high quality OKI Reed Switches. The presentation includes performance data and application examples.

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OKI Databook: A .pdf version of the OKI High Quality Reed Switches catalog showing product specifications and performance data for all reed switches. The catalog includes application notes and design suggestions to assist design engineers in selecting the best optimal reed switch for an application.

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Reed Switch Precautions

How to handle reed switches, how to modify, cut or form reed switch terminals or leads.

Reed Switches Used with Permanent Magnets

How reed switches behave in a magnetic field emanating from a permanent magnet. How different magnet and reed switch orientations are used in proximity sensors.

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Reed Switch Ampere Turns (AT) vs. Milli-Tesla

Ampere turns is a common way to measure reed switch sensitivity. Milli-Tesla is an alternate measure.

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Reed Switch as a Proximity Sensor

Reed switches close and open when interacting with a magnetic field. Understand how this interaction can be structured to create motion sensors, proximity sensors, pressure sensors, fluid level sensors, rotation sensors and a host of other applications.

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Reed Switch used in a Relay

Inductive coils can be used to introduce a magnetic field to actuate a reed switch. Understand how a coil and a reed switch combine to create relays for a multitude of applications.

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