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Why Standex Electronics Reed Switches

Standex Electronics reed switches

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Reliability: Improving performance, reducing wear, custom features
Why Standex Electronics Reed Switches
Parameters to Consider When Choosing a Reed Switch
Where do reed switches reside?
Additional Resources

Reliability: Improving performance, reducing wear, custom features

It’s no secret: available in hundreds of sizes and shapes, crucial in dozens of industries, Standex Electronics reed switches can outperform the competition. Moreover, they’re equipped to survive billions of operations in even the most extreme areas. It continues to grow in popularity as the basis in relays and sensors for switching, detecting, and counting applications across the globe. Why wouldn’t you want Standex’s advanced reed switches for your own products?

As a technology, the Reed Switch is unique. First, at its core is a glass-to-metal hermetic seal, which encloses the two ferromagnetic reeds in a glass envelope and protects them from the environment. And, as a result of this simple design, the Reed Switch can operate in the harshest spaces. In addition, it requires no direct contact when part of a reed sensor.

Second, Standex Electronics reed switches are rigorously tested to ensure the quality of our manufacturing processes and resulting products. Moreover, we can also customize any switch to your own design! Custom designs include value-add services such as PCB assembly, epoxy sealing, conformal coating, and wire termination.

As new, improved designs create the demand for more sensing needs, it’s time for a switching solution that makes sense—for product longevity, for power efficiency, and for your unique needs!

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Why Standex Electronics Reed Switches

Check out the below list of unique reed switching features and you’ll see just how diverse their use can be.

  • Simple design
  • No wearing parts
  • Billions of reliable operations
  • Switch up to 10,000 Volts
  • Ability to switch or carry as low as 10 nano- Volts without signal loss
  • Withstand shocks up to 200 Gs
  • Contact resistance (on resistance) typical 50-100 milliOhms (mΩ)
  • Ability to switch or carry as low as 1 femto- Amp without signal loss
  • Handle vibration of 50 Hz to 2000 Hz at up to 30 Gs
  • Extensive parametric testing
  • Hermetically sealed to perform in extreme and harsh environments
  • Draws no power in the normally open state
  • Switching currents up to 5 Amps
  • Switch or carry up to 7 GigaHz with minimal signal loss
  • Isolation across the contacts up to 1 x 1015 Ω
  • Optional latching feature
  • Can operate within 100 µs
  • Pull-in and drop-out offered in milliTesla
  • Operates over extreme temperatures

Parameters to Consider When Choosing a Reed Switch

Now, consider the below list of switching parameters when selecting the right reed switch for your needs. Or let our engineers assist you in making the right choice.

  • Pull-in (the points where the contacts close)
  • Drop-out (the points where the contacts open)
  • Hysteresis
  • Contact resistance
  • Dynamic contact resistance
  • Switching voltage
  • Switching current
  • Carry current
  • Stray capacitance
  • Common mode voltage
  • Switching wattage
  • Breakdown voltage
  • Insulation resistance
  • Dielectric absorption

Where do reed switches reside?

Due to their extensive features, the base component of the below product is the reed switch.

Industry applications

Reed switch sensors and relays are fit in any device that needs to detect movement, rotation, and liquid level.  Standex Electronics reed switch products serve in Automotive, Aviation, Military, Medical, and Test Equipment. More importantly today’s emerging markets are calling upon reed switches as a low power solution in Electric Vehicles, LED, Solar and Photovoltaics.


In summary, compared to mechanical switches, the reed switch has many advantages. First, it requires no switching load while effectively sensing from up to 44 mm away. In addition, you can adjust the switch hysteresis to fit your specific design needs. Conversely, working with mechanical switches, you’re limited to differential travel. Finally, with no wearing parts, the reed switch can also outlast mechanical switches. And, last an unusually long life in the billions of operations.

Contact one of our reed switch engineers today to get a head start on your new design! 

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