Types of Omron Switches


When we hear the word “switch”, most of us would probably think about the basic switch that is at our home or the famous console Nintendo Switch. However, do you know that switch is not limited only to the typical on and off type of switch that we usually have? There are about 12 types of Omron switches created up till now. In this article, we will cover 5 out of 12 of the switches.

5 Types of Omron Switches

1. Foot Switch

Foot switches are switches that use foot pressure to manage power in an electrical circuit. This type of switch is often found on machines where it needs the user to use his or her hands for something else. Important requirements for a foot switch is that it has a certain number of pedals, current rating, switching function, and voltage rating. Office machines and hospital equipment are examples of places that you can find this switch common.

2. Level Switch

Level switches are machines that aim to recognize the level of any substances. They can give output to a control system so they are usually mounted in bins, hoppers, or tanks. Current ratings, voltage, switch type, output type, measured media are the important specifications for a level switch. The materials of the level switch is also important as it needs to be able to float. Process industries usually use level switches. However, they are also used in everyday machines. 

3. Limit Switch

Limit Switches provide a controller with the output signals and able to mechanically notice any movement. If used in a rough environment, they will be hidden in strong enclosures. Their important characteristics are voltage, current ratings, and actuator type. In order to ensure that every part of component, machine, and workpieces to be sensed, a plethora of actuator types, for example whiskers and rods, are used. Washing machines are an example of an everyday machine where limit switches are used. Manufacturing facilities like paper plants and steel mills also used limit switches, but in their ruggedized form (mostly hidden in the floor). 

4. Rocker Switch

Rocker Switches are utilized for switching circuits and are operated by hands. The sign of the circuit’s on or off can also be seen on the position of the switch operator. Panel cut-out dimensions, actuator type, mounting type, and single-throw or double throw switching function are the important characteristics of a rocker switch. Industrial controls and also to control consumer goods and office machines are what rocker switches are mainly used for. 

5. Wall Switch

Lastly, we reached the switch that everyone is familiar about; the wall switches. The wall switches are used for lighting control, and can be commonly found in houses and commercial buildings. They are also used in other outlets that require electricity. Key characteristics include actuator type and combination device function. Timer-based switching, dimmer control, and fan speed control are the extra functions of wall switches. 

As wall switches are common and mainly used, a plethora of unique designs and styles can make these switches different from the typical and dull industrial switches.