Capacitive touch technology eliminates the need for any moving parts

Jon Lawson

The new CPS family of switches from Schurter is available with 16 mm, 19 mm and 22 mm diameter housings. The series is made of high-grade stainless steel.

The CPS uses capacitive sensor technology, whereby a touch of the finger on the sensor area causes a change in the electrical field which in turn causes the switch to change its state; this occurs without any pressure on the actuator.

The capacitive touch technology eliminates the need for any moving parts, hence making the CPS a long-life product capable of an unlimited number of actuations.

The design of the CPS has a high-end look and elegant appearance as it is well-known to Schurter's Metal Line. The CPS actuator expands further on actuation options with a so-called finger guide, which is designed to enhance the user experience.

The customer can choose from a wide range of illumination options, starting with the selection of a ring illuminated or area illuminated version.

The area illuminated version is made of scratch-resistant biocompatible ceramics. The customer then selects a single colour, bi-colour, or multicolour configuration. Besides the basic colours red, green, and blue, the CPS also offers additive colours like cyan, magenta, yellow, and white for custom colour variations.

Besides a set of predefined standard variations, the CPS can easily be customised to specific customer requirements by simply choosing from a list of options in the configurator list provided in the data sheet. Further customer specific adaptions, which are not listed in the data sheet, can be requested as well.

With standard and customised options, the CPS is suitable for many different applications in various industry sectors, like industrial automation, food processing, lab equipment, door and access control panels, white goods, various electronic equipment.