A Guide to Limit Switches

by Maureen VanDyke |

MagneLink designs and manufactures magnetic switches for customers in a broad range of industries. We specialize Click to Expand in the development of custom-designed magnetic switches engineered to meet particular application requirements. Our extensive selection of switches includes high-performance magnetic limit switches in various designs and configurations. What Is a Traditional Limit Switch? A limit […]

About Non-Contact Interlock Switches

by Maureen VanDyke |

Non-contact interlock switches are essential in operations that require safe and secure protective doors. When equipped, these switches can power down a machine while the switch mechanism is activated, which usually occurs when opening the door, cover, or gate. The switches can operate using induction, magnets, or transponders. At MagneLink Inc., we produce top-quality magnetic […]

COVID-19 Update from MagneLink, Inc.

by Maureen VanDyke |

To our valued customers, The recent events surrounding the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) has had an impact on our local community, state, and the world around us. We appreciate your patience as we all work to navigate through this unprecedented situation. The well-being and safety of our staff is our top priority. We are following […]

About Reed Sensors

by Maureen VanDyke |

Reed sensors use a magnet or electromagnet to create a magnetic field that opens or closes a reed switch within the sensor. This deceptively simple device reliably controls circuits in a wide range of industrial and commercial goods. In this article, we’ll discuss how reed sensors operate, the different types available, the differences between Hall […]

What is a Hall Effect Sensor?

by Maureen VanDyke |

Hall Effect sensors are used for detecting and measuring proximity, position, and speed, through their ability to sense magnetic fields. As non-contact sensors, they are useful for measuring AC and DC currents. This blog will explain the principles behind Hall effect sensors and their industrial applications. What is a Hall Effect Sensor? The Hall Effect, […]

TRIAC Circuits: Basics & Applications

by Maureen VanDyke |

The term “TRIAC” stands for triode for alternating current. As suggested by its name, this electronic component is commonly used as a control element in alternating current (AC) circuits. TRIACs are semiconductor devices that feature three terminals. They operate by using one terminal—i.e., the gate—to trigger the flow of electrical current through the other two […]

Hall Effect Guide

by Maureen VanDyke |

Click to Expand Over 100 years ago, the Hall effect was identified. However, it is only within the last three decades that practical uses of this effect have been developed. Some of its first applications include use in microwave sensors in the 1950s and solid-state keyboards in the 1960s. Since the 1970s, Hall effect sensing devices […]

Magnetic Switch Selection: Reed Switch vs. Hall Effect Switch

by Maureen VanDyke |

Reed switches and Hall Effect switches are both considered magnetic switches since their properties change when exposed to a magnetic field. Strictly speaking, however, Hall Effect switches are transducers since they convert magnetic energy to electrical energy—they can be used as switches with some additional circuitry. Reed switches are true magnetic switches since they close […]

A Design Guide for Reed Switches

by Maureen VanDyke |

If you’ve ever used a laptop or a flip phone, you may have wondered how the screen goes dormant once you close the device. Or maybe you’re curious about why your tablet screen turns on every time you open its protective cover. At the heart of these functions is an ingenious device called a reed […]

How an Environment Affects a Magnetic Switch

by Maureen VanDyke |

A magnetic switch is a device that closes an electrical circuit when exposed to a magnetic field. The switch stays open until it’s impacted by magnetism. This switching mechanism is ideal for underwater deployment and conditions where electric sparking could trigger explosions or fires. How Reed Switches Work in Different Environments A magnetic reed switch […]