Microswitches are types of electrical switches designed to operate with very limited force, mainly via a tipping-point system (over-center system). They operate by sensing movements or pressure in the environment. Take the example of a dishwasher. It takes the pressure off the Laymen as a simple plunger. In the case of microswitches, the switching takes place at specific points of the actuator. They are preferred in industrial systems because they are cheap and durable. The most notable thing about microswitches is that they have very small movement but generate huge movements at the points of electrical contacts. Besides, they also depict hysteresis. This implies that unlike activating the actuator that requires very small movements, some significant movement will be needed to reverse the movement. It is these two characteristics that make microswitches articulate and highly reliable. Common applications that utilize microswitches include industrial control, vehicles, vending machines, safety switches
, microwave doors, and photocopiers.