SPDT switch with multiple contact arrangement

  • US 6,596,956 B1
  • Filed: 11/05/2001
  • Issued: 07/22/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 11/05/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. An electrical switch, comprising:

  • a housing;

    a plurality of first contacts stationarily mounted to the housing;

    a plurality of second contacts stationarily mounted to the housing and spaced from the plurality of first contacts;

    a stationary center contact arrangement mounted to the housing between the first and second stationary contacts;

    a movable contact member mounted to the housing and movable between first and second engaged positions, wherein the movable contact member includes a center contact area and first and second arms extending outwardly from the center contact area, wherein the center contact area is engaged with the stationary center contact arrangement, and wherein each of the first and second arms comprises a plurality of separate arm sections extending outwardly from the center contact area, wherein each of the arm sections of the first arm includes a contact area adapted to engage one of the plurality of first stationary contacts when the movable contact member is in the first engaged position, and wherein each of the arm sections of the second arm includes a contact area adapted to engage one of the plurality of second stationary contacts when the movable contact member is in the second engaged position; and

    an actuator operably engaged with the movable contact member for moving the movable contact member between the first and second engaged positions.

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