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Timers & Controls


Standing the test of time


Mark Robinson, Product Director with ESPcompany, Sangamo, takes a look at the time switches product category and how it is evolving to meet the growing requirement for smarter solutions.


W


e are living in a time of rapid technological development, with smart homes and the internet of


things seeming to dominate the sector. With the speed of this change and the huge number of smart devices and products being developed, it can be a challenge for electrical professionals to keep up to date with the latest new products and trends. It can also be easy to overlook the traditional


products that are still in demand. With our time switch ranges, we continue to see demand for the traditional products, but we have continued to develop the range so that we are also able to meet demand for smarter products and offer wholesalers a choice of products that will allow them to upsell to their customers.


Round Pattern Time Switch We have been manufacturing our Round Pattern Time Switches at our Port Glasgow factory for over 65 years and have sold over 11 million units in that time. The installation of a Round Pattern Time Switch (RPTS) used to be a regular job for


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many electricians and, despite the electro- mechanical time switches being less common today, we still sell over a thousand units each month, both as replacements and as brand new installations. The Round Pattern Time Switch is trusted by installers for a wide variety of applications, not just because of its reliability but its ease of use. The simple dial and levers make setting the switch up for daily fixed timings a breeze with no complicated menu options to navigate through. All Round Pattern Time Switches are also 20 Amp rated, providing a more robust switch than most other products on the market. We regularly hear from people with Round


Pattern Time Switches still going strong after 40 and 50 years. When they eventually need a new switch they reasonably assume, because of its age, that it might not be possible to get a direct like for like replacement. However, because the original design has never needed to be updated, an RPTS you buy today is completely interchangeable with one bought decades ago. The switches are split into four categories;


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