Caussade, France The latest addition to APEM 's range of tact switches is a model with horizontal actuation, called D162-01 , specifically designed for pick and place assembly. Unlike other horizontally actuated tact switches, model D162-01 can be assembled automatically due to its flat metal top. Its main advantages are reduced space requirement on PCB, the possibility to be mounted on the edge of a board, and excellent coplanarity. The product is intended for all applications where a circuit is activated by pushbuttons mounted on a front panel, notably telecommunications equipment. The switch has gold plated contacts with a max. current/voltage rating of 50 mA/12 VDC. Travel is 0,20 mm± 0,1 mm, and operating force is 1,8 N ±0,3 N. APEM SA , Caussade, France. www.apem.fr.