Subminiature Snap-Action Switch features 2 mm overtravel.

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Housed in IP67 fully sealed package, V5S single break, changeover switch can actuate in multi-directional angles up to 45°, eliminating need for extra levers or arms. Subminiature device measures 14.7 x 5.4 x 7.5 mm with current ratings from 1 mA to 2 A and operating temperature of -40 to 194°F. Offering solution for space critical applications, switch is suited for passenger cars, valve operation, medical uses, and RV dish network alignment positioning.

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Crouzet Subminiature Snap-Action Switch Features Longest Overtravel on the Market in Fully Sealed Package

Coppell, Texas - March 12, 2008 - Crouzet North America, a division of Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST), has introduced the new V5 Sealed (V5S) snap-action switch in response to market demand for increased miniaturization in switch-readiness indication. The device's innovative design incorporates the longest available overtravel on the market, sub-miniature size, customized mounting options and cost effective pricing in an IP67 fully sealed package. Providing an excellent new solution for space critical applications, the V5S is targeted for passenger car, valve operation, medical, RV dish network alignment positioning, and other industrial applications.

The V5S single break, changeover switch features 2mm of plunger overtravel versus the typical 1.2mm overtravel in competitive models, offering design engineers expanded tolerance flexibility and simplified subassembly design integration. High performance versatility is provided with its ability to actuate in multi-directional angles up to 45°. This capability eliminates the need for extra levers or arms and reduces component costs and the overall footprint.

"The V5S is truly unique," says Tracy Nuttall, Crouzet North America Business Development Manager. "Its capability for longer overtravel without any damage to the switch is unlike any other product on the market. Typically, longer overtravel can potentially damage the switch - with the V5S, this problem is eliminated."

Offered in a subminiature package, the V5S measures only 14.7mm x 5.4mm x 7.5mm (LxWxH). Key to the unit's compact design is the packaging of all SMT components inside the switch housing. The enclosure is completely sealed and IP67 protection rated, making it an ideal component for wet environments. Other outstanding characteristics include current ratings from 1 mA (5V) to 2A (14V), an operating temperature range of -40 to +90°C (-40 to 194°F), and high reliability ensured by a mechanical rating of 1 million cycles.

Based on the company's history of providing custom-engineered solutions to fit specific applications, custom mounting options include brackets, levers, mounting plates, mounting pins, and special terminals to ensure easy snap-in installation without the need for bolting or soldering. Pricing for the V5S is from $1.50 each in production quantities with delivery in 8 weeks for standard products.

For further information, contact Crouzet North America, 204 Airline Drive, Suite 300, Coppell, TX 75019; Toll-free (800) 677-5311; E-mail:, or visit

About Custom Sensors & Technologies
Headquartered in Moorpark, Calif., Custom Sensors & Technologies (CST) is a business unit of Schneider Electric. CST was formed from the combination of Kavlico, Crouzet, Crydom and former divisions of BEI Technologies. CST provides sensors, controls and actuation products to the industrial, transportation, and military and aerospace markets.

About Schneider Electric
Schneider Electric is the world's power and control specialist. Through its world-class brands, Merlin Gerin, Square D and Telemacanique, SchneiderElectric anticipates and satisfies its customers' requirements in the residential, building, industry and energy and infrastructure markets. Schneider Electric has more than 200 manufacturing sites around the world as well as supporting more than 200 associations. With 120,000 employees and operations in 106 countries, Schneider Electric generated sales of Euros17.3 billion in 2007.

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