CARPENTERSVILLE, Ill.—The new CS Series Capacitive Touch Sensor Switch, recently introduced by Otto Engineering, Inc., is designed to change output level with the presence of a finger or hand. It is designed for applications where control functions are needed for an unobtrusive style, the company said in a release.

Because the switch changes output level with the presence of a finger or hand (gloved or ungloved), it is well-suited for use as an on-off switch, according to Otto.

The switch sensing area can be a concave surface or a slightly raised surface. It can also be customized to accommodate surfaces of irregular shape. The CS is designed to be mounted in a panel, grip, armrest, or other surface. The switch can be used as a single device or in combination with additional CS switches and controlled by software programming, Otto said in the release.

Another unique feature of the CS series, the manufacturer said, is that it can be painted over and still function. This is said to make it ideal for customers who want to place their own pad printed icon or clear adhesive icons. The CS series comes standard sealed to IP68S.

Otto ( designs and manufactures precision switches, joysticks, and control grips that include mechanical switches, as well as Hall effect switches with digital and analog output options. Its products are used in applications for heavy equipment, aerospace, marine, medical, communication, and other demanding markets.

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