MEMS and Sensors

Element14 to host thermal switch design challenge

09 December 2021

Element14, an Avnet engineering design community, is hosting a design challenge for thermal switches based on a new generation of temperature sensors.

Those in the challenge will be given a kit of thermal switches and encouraged to experiment with the uses, applications, responses and more.

“Traditional, bimetallic thermal switches have been a mainstay for the design of thermostatic temperature controls and over-temperature protection for years,” said Dianne Kibbey, global head of community and social media at Element14. “With this latest design challenge, we’re looking forward to seeing how our community members test out the latest thermal technology and get creative with what they can use these elements to build.”

(Learn more about thermal switches on

The challenge

Participants will have more than eight weeks to complete the tests and submit a minimum of two blogs covering the development process. The first blog will be an introductory post due by January 21, 2022. The second blog will share results of experiments using images, screen captures, videos, tables, charts and more. The second blog would be due by March 14, 2022.

Applications are now open to become one of the 10 sponsored challengers that will receive free Thermorite thermal switch kits, consisting of 15 different types of switches plus a multicomp pro IR thermometer.

Learn more at Element14’s Experimenting with Thermal Switches page.

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