Multiway Switch for Automotive Seat adjustment


C&K’s new SAM series multiway switches for automotive market, industrial controls and motorized healthcare devices.

The new SAM series of multiway switches from C&K are designed for applications such as seat adjustment systems for automotive, off-road vehicles and avionics along with industrial controls and motorized healthcare devices that require a specific ergonomic feel. The company says the switches enable manufacturers to reduce the necessary hardware to power the functionality of the device being controlled by eliminating the need for relay switches.

New SAM series multiway switches

The new switches are defined by seamless integration, direct motor management based on SPDT (single pole, double throw) contacts, and flexible mechanical characteristics including travel, shaft shape and dimensions, according to the company.


“The ergonomics of electrified switch controls are quite similar among different brands,” explains Norman U, Automotive Solutions Manager, C&K. “The SAM series switches distinguish themselves from the competition by their easy integration, versatility and durability.”

Important features of the SAM series switches include a two- or four-way actuation, power contact technology for direct motor actuation, direct mounting capability on to a printed circuit board, a spring-loaded shaft to reduce vibrational noise, various shaft lengths and shapes for easy integration, and different haptic ranges.

With strong PCB mounting and THT terminals, the SAM series switch has the durability necessary for automotive applications. Additionally, features such as signal, low profile, and improved haptics for power contacts can be provided on most customized versions, the company noted.

The products also benefit customers from an increasing range of features integrated into products based on the latest trends in HMI solutions.

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