1,019,840. Thermal switches. ROBERTSHAW CONTROLS CO. Jan. 29, 1964 [March 5, 1963], No. 3877/64. Heading H2B. In a thermostatic control device a bimetallic strip is connected to a switch blade by means of a plate member, both the strip and blade engaging the plate by fitting into slots therein and the slots are so dimensioned and shaped that there is a compressive force between the walls of the slot and the co-operating member, so as to avoid lost motion. The bimetal strip 28, Fig. 3 (not shown) is attached by a rivet 32 to a resilient mounting 33 so that this may be raised or lowered by an adjusting screw 43, to set the operating temperature of the thermostat. The free end of the strip 28 is a force fit in a slot in the plate member 49, to avoid lost motion, and the latter is retained by bending up a portion 69 of the strip. A contact blade 85, of springy metal, is given a snap-action by having its central region divided into three parallel sections by two longitudinal slots and crimping the two outer sections-and is riveted to a support 87. Its free end is fitted into a slot in the plate 49, the slot being of such shape that the middle of the blade is depressed relative to the outer edges, so again avoiding any lost motion. The operation of the snap action is modified by a leaf-spring 97, riveted to the blade 85 at 99 and having its free end bearing on an adjusting screw 102. The main contacts of the device, 81, 82, are mounted on a fixed support and the blade 85, respectively. The assembly may, however, include a second pair of contacts 71, 72, the latter being carried on a blade 76 riveted to a support 78. These contacts open as the contacts 81, 82 close and, to overcome any tendency for them to stick, the slot in the plate 49, with which the end 80 of the blade engages, is wider than the thickness of the blade. The resulting free movement, on upward motion of the plate 49, results in the blade being given a sharp blow to free the contacts. The components are assembled in a moulded, insulating cover 21 closed by a metal plate 22 and, to assist in conducting heat to the bimetal strip, a lug 41 extends from the mounting of the adjusting screw 40 into contact with this plate. The plate 22 is retained in position by sprung tabs 105, Fig. 1 (not shown), engaging behind shoulders 104 on the casing.