Compact detector switch is waterproof

Designed with a new terminal shape, the SPVQ8 detector switch is thin and waterproof. It has been developed by Alps Alpine to detect the opening and closing vehicle doors and bonnets (hoods).

The reason behind the introduction is that the progressive electrification of vehicles with the need to ensure cars are light in weight, means that vehicles’ electronic components need to be smaller and lighter, too.

The SPVQ8 detector switch is intended for open/shut detection of doors as well as to detect the connection of, for example, seatbelt buckles. The SPVQ8 series detector switch has a short fork terminal shape, which is achieved using high-precision die manufacturing and stamping technology. This has reduced the overall thickness of the product by 25 per cent, reports Alps. The solderless design is environmentally friendly, says Alps and allows one-touch board mounting. A double-sided sliding contact ensures stable contact even in shock and vibration environments, says the company.

Automotive detector switch applications are widening beyond detecting open and shut doors to include functions like the detection of electric vehicle charger connection and smart rear-view mirror on/off detection. Alps Alpine has been manufacturing and supplying detector switches for automotive use for more than 20 years and announces that mass production of the SPVQ8 Series detector switch will begin in September 2019.

At the beginning of 2019, Alps Electric and Alpine Electronics integrated to form Alps Alpine, with 42,289 employees. The company will operate not only in the automotive market but also mobile devices and consumer electronics, as well as new sectors such as energy, healthcare and industry.

Alps Electric Europe, a subsidiary of Alps AlpineCo, was established in 1979. Since 2013 the European head office has been located in Munich and co-ordinates the sales, marketing and product engineering activities of the company’s offices in Dusseldorf, Paris, Milton Keynes, Gothenburg and Milan, as well as the production activities of the manufacturing site in Dortmund.

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