Alps SKCL Lock

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Alps SKCL Lock
Alps lock infobox.jpg
Manufacturer Alps Electric
Family Alps SKCL series
Product code SKCLJC
Switch type Latching lock
Sense method Metal leaf
Switch mount Plate mount
Patents US4514608 (1983)

The Alps SKCL lock is a latching (push to make, push to break) switch in the Alps SKCL series. When the key is depressed, it locks into place and remains down there until pressed a second time. The switch has a normal switchplate, but the shell and slider are modified to accommodate the latching mechanism.

The front of the slider contains a recessed track, and the shell supports a follower arm that moves within this track. A loop within the track holds the slider down until the key is depressed a second time. The follower arm rotates about its lower end, which pivots within recessed area of the open-fronted upper shell; a bar runs across to keep the arm in place. The latching mechanism is partially visible when the keycap is removed, and the slider shape is a giveaway in itself.


  Cream: earlier version; the part number for this version is not known
  Dark grey: later version, with Alps logo and short white switchplate; listed as part SKCLJC in the Alps 1994 catalogue
  Brown: possibly the Korean equivalent to cream




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