Eaton's M22­ Pushbuttons Establish New Level of Versatility, Safety and Reliability

Date: November 25, 2009

Burlington, ON – Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton’s Electrical Sector announced today that it is introducing a line of modular 22 mm pushbuttons. Designed for global applications, the new M22 Pushbutton line includes a core group of pushbuttons, selector switches, pilot lights, mushroom operators and E-Stops, as well as new and unique products including palm switches, four-way buttons, buzzers and communicating devices. The M22 pushbuttons have an innovative and ergonomic design that is especially useful for original equipment manufacturers, end-users, and system integrators who value high quality construction, flexibility, and front panel aesthetics.

The M22 design reflects Eaton’s commitment to providing products that deliver increased reliability, functionality and time savings, while raising the industry standard in quality and versatility,” said Lorne Gould, product manager, Power Control and Logic components, Eaton’s Electrical Sector.

Featuring a tactile and ergonomic design, the M22 product line features Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology that achieves high illumination efficiency. The LEDs are vibration proof and can function for 100,000 hours, and provide safe, reliable, ultra-bright and economical lighting. Standard pushbuttons and contact blocks have a mechanical life of over five million operations.

The M22 devices provide versatility in the area of device, legend plate and enclosure marking. All indicator lights, pushbuttons, legend plates and enclosures in the M22 product line can be inscribed with any text or symbol via laser etching. Laser etching provides clarity and durability for standard or customized needs.

Providing a high level of modularity, the M22 features innovative technology that allows for field conversion of pushbuttons and selector switches to maintained and momentary functions. Optional spring-cage style terminations enable faster installation and reduced labour costs.

Utilizing the cost-effective Actuator-Sensor Interface (ASi) network, M22 affords the ability to provide efficient machine communications, reduce signal paths and wiring costs.

To meet global application requirements, the M22 Pushbuttons meet International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and European Standard (EN) 60 947, Underwriters Laboratories® (UL), Canadian Standards Association® (CSA) standards as well as certifications for shipping and marine requirements. With IP66 protection, M22 devices thrive in harsh industrial environments.