The energy harvesting engine, from ZF Switches and Sensors, can now be combined with the RSL10 SIP –an ultra-low-power Bluetooth 5 certified System in Package from ON Semiconductor. This enables the switch to be used with the rapidly growing number of applications for Bluetooth Low Energy communications.
Energy harvesting switches offer a maintenance-free, simple-to-install, long-lifetime alternative to conventional electro mechanical types.
By Thomas Boethe, Product Manager, CHERRY Electronic Systems.
At Southern Manufacturing 2015, on Stand J115, CHERRY has announced that it will show the receiver module used in its energy harvesting wireless switches. The receiver will be available as an RF stamp in the shape of a mini PCB (22x26x4mm), for integration into an existing control system. The module will also be available as an independently housed receiver with connectivity options and its own power supply.
Answering the growing industry demand for the 'intelligent factory', an energy harvesting evaluation kit has been introduced by CHERRY. Targeting applications where a complex wire assembly and/or batteries would be inappropriate, the required RF-energy is created by the mechanical actuation of the switch and the data is transmitted wirelessly using RF-technology. The kit eliminates the need for complex and expensive connection systems, resulting in the loss of mainteneance required for batteries and cables.