Alps Alpine Adds New Series to Automotive TACT Switch™ Lineup

For a Sharp, Tangible Push Feel and Quiet Operation

fhcTOKYO, April 17, 2019 – Alps Alpine Co., Ltd. (Tokyo: 6770; President & CEO: Toshihiro Kuriyama), a manufacturer of high-quality electronic products, has added the SKTR Series to its TACT Switch™ lineup. The compact, middle stroke type TACT Switch™ realizes a previously unachieved highly tangible and sharp push feel together with quiet operation, making it ideal for use as an input device in vehicles.

The distinctive push feel is achieved through changes to the structure combining use of rubber for the switch knob, or stem, and metal contacts. The SKTR Series also uses a feature employed in other automotive TACT Switch™ products to date – a pre-stroke design. This helps to prevent rattling at the start of the operation. The switch is ideal for use as an input device in areas where reliable operation and ease of use are required, such as around the steering wheel and in center consoles. And because the SKTR Series has mounting compatibility with existing SKPM and SKPS Series, customers using an existing product get to choose the best operating feel for their brand without having to modify the board design.

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yguOver the years, Alps Alpine has built up a strong reputation among many automakers for its extensive variety of TACT Switch™ products and other input devices for automotive use offering diverse operating feel. Another addition coming up in June this year is a 3N operating force type for the SKTQ Series (the existing model is 5N). Through these products realizing diverse kinds of feel for controls inside the vehicle cabin, Alps Alpine will contribute to a more comfortable experience for vehicle users.

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