CHERRY Starts Full Production of Energy Harvesting Wireless Switches for Industrial Applications

Energy harvesting wireless switches for industrial applications from CHERRY are now available in two standard versions: a rocker switch for actuation by hand or a snap-action switch for mechanical actuation typically by a machine as limit switch or position switch. Both variants are available for European (868MHz) or North-American (915MHz) frequency bands with a radio range of 30m inside buildings and a minimum life of 100,000 operations.

A compatible enclosed standard receiver module for 868MHz and 915MHz offers several output interface options, is complete with power supply and is suitable for wall mounting. A flexible pairing function allows operation of several receivers with one switch or several switches with one receiver. A ‘unique ID’ prevents interference between different RF-switches.

CHERRY energy harvesting wireless switches are an ideal alternative to traditional cabled solutions for monitoring and managing industrial installations. The devices are simple to install, require no maintenance, are not subject to failure caused by damage to cables. Installing CHERRY energy harvesting wireless switches offers users increased flexibility in the planning process of building and industrial automation as they require no complex and expensive cabling and can easily be retrofitted.

Also immediately available from CHERRY is an energy harvesting generator/generator with PCB. The component offers a high energy yield of 2 x min. 0.33mWs, an operating temperature range of -40 up to +85°C and high operating life of up to 1,000,000 switching cycles. In addition to the core component, the radio module (generator with PCB) is available for 868MHz and 915MHz frequency bands as standard. In support of the customer’s design-in process application notes are available upon request for the following topics: generator, energy management, proprietary protocol of ZF, general installation details for the wireless switches.

CHERRY switches, sensors and controls are synonymous with quality, precision and reliability, and can be found in a broad range of applications and markets such as white goods and appliances, automotive, gaming, vending, drives, switchgear, control engineering and power tools.

For more information on the CHERRY Energy Harvesting product range +44 (0) 1582 506140 visit


CHERRY is a registered brand of ZF Friedrichshafen AG. Under the CHERRY product brand, the Electronic Systems business unit develops and produces components for industrial and household applications, as well as computer input devices.

ZF is a global leader in driveline and chassis technology with 122 production companies in 26 countries. In 2013, the Group achieved a sales figure of about €16.8 billion with approximately 72,600 employees. In order to continue to be successful with innovative products, ZF annually invests about 5 % of its sales (2013: €836 million) in research and development. ZF is one of the ten largest automotive suppliers worldwide.

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