Power ratings doubled expanding high-spec options for popular reed relays

01-07-2024 | Pickering | Power

Pickering Electronics has increased the power ratings of four of its most popular relay series – including Series 112, 113 and 116, plus ultra-high density 4mm2 Series 122 – providing engineers with more options for higher switching specifications without taking up more valuable PCB space. As part of the company's ongoing commitment to continuous innovation and product improvement, the higher power ratings improve the already wide range of switching options available. With thousands of versions, customisable options, and bespoke relays to fit any application need, engineers have more flexibility than ever before.

The Series 112 single-in-line (SIL) reed relays, needing a board area of only 0.15" (3.8mm) by 0.4" (10mm), now feature a new general-purpose switch type 1 option, rated for up to 20W (15W for the 3V coil version) at 1A switching current (with 1A carry current). The small footprint in this relay is attained by mounting the reed switch diagonally within the package. The series is ideal for high-density card-based systems such as VME, VXI, CompactPCI, and PXI. The high-quality, sputtered ruthenium switch contacts also make them suitable for ATE.

The Series 113 SIL reed relay range has also been updated to include the new general-purpose switch type 1 options. This switch is rated for up to 20W (15W for the 3V coil version) at 1A switching current, with 1A carry current. The board area remains compact at 0.15" (3.8mm) by 0.5" (12.7mm). This series also includes the smallest changeover reed relay available on the market, with a 2W rating (switch type number 3) and a coaxial device suitable for up to 3GHz. Also, the switch type 1 option will be available in 2-pole DPST with a 5V coil, offering up to 20W switching at 1 Amp.

Designed for very high-density applications, such as ATE switching matrices or multiplexers, the Series 116 relays now provide new general purpose switch type 1 options rated for up to 20W (15W for the 3V and 5V coil versions) at 1A switching current, with 1A carry current. The board area is optimised with 1 Form A (SPST) stacking on a 0.15" (3.8mm) x 0.27" (6.9mm) pitch and 2 Form A (DPST) stacking on a 0.15" (3.8mm) x 0.4" (10mm) pitch. Series 116 will also be available in 2-pole DPST, with a 5V coil up to 1A, 15W, or a 12V coil with up to 20W switching.

The Series 122 reed relays, which occupy a PCB footprint of only 4mm x 4mm, now feature a new general-purpose switch type 1 option rated for up to 15A at 1A switching current, with 1A carry current. Measuring 12.5mm in height, these relays enable the highest packing density currently available and offer the highest quality instrumentation grade reed switches and internal mu-metal magnetic screens to minimise magnetic interaction when relays are stacked closely together.

"With these increased power ratings for new general purpose switch type number 1 options – 50-100% higher than in previous switch type number 2 option," noted Kevin Mallett, technical specialist at Pickering Electronics, "customers can now benefit from higher switching specification options across four of our most popular relay series."

The company's reed relays are known for their reliability due to superior manufacturing and quality control processes. They feature instrumentation-grade sputtered ruthenium contacts rather than the more common electroplated rhodium associated with low-grade reed relays with less stable contact resistance. Along with the company's formless coil construction, this maximises magnetic efficiency, permitting less sensitive reed switches, resulting in optimal switching action and extended lifetime at operational extremes. Magnetic mu-metal screening eradicates problems that would otherwise be experienced due to magnetic interaction when relays are closely stacked.

To ensure consistency, the company also stands out by 100% testing all operating parameters, including dynamic contact wave-shape analysis with thorough data scrutiny. Unlike other manufacturers that perform only simple DC or batch testing, which can lead to the supply of non-operational devices, The company guarantees reliability. Also, they conduct 100% thermal cycling stress testing of the manufacturing processes, ranging from -20C to +85C and back to -20C, repeated three times. This rigorous testing is rarely performed by other manufacturers, often resulting in repeated field failures.


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