SOURCE: Methode, Inc.

Methode, Inc.

May 23, 2012 08:00 ET

LevelGuard® Fluid Control Products Announces New Sump Pump Switch Products

WHEATON, IL--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - TouchSensor™ Technologies, a division of Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI), a global developer of custom engineered and application specific products and solutions, announced the introduction of a new and improved LevelGuard® Electronic Sump Pump Switch model with three SKUs. The products target plumbing contractors and homeowners who need to eliminate sump pump switch failure.

The new model offers technological improvements, including a second upper-level sensor for high water "fail-safe" fluid detection, a welded plastic back cover and cord grommet seal which act as redundant sealing mechanisms for the solid-state electronics that detect fluids and switch power to the sump pump, added software intelligence to protect homeowners from external failure modes like contamination build-up and pump run-on, and 30 amp over-current electrical fuse protection for added safety. Three LevelGuard SKUs are now available with 9 foot and 15 foot cords that use piggy-back plugs, as well as a 30 foot pigtail cord (no piggy-back plug).

"With almost two years of feedback from the plumbing trade, LevelGuard has taken the input of wholesalers and contractors to enhance our product development efforts," stated Brian Beaman, national account manager for LevelGuard fluid control products. "The performance and reliability of the LevelGuard electronic sump pump switch clearly exceeds the requirements of trade professionals."

The LevelGuard sump pump switch utilizes TouchSensor's patented Field-Effect sensing technology to detect water at two upper level and one lower level switch points. Packaged in a fully encapsulated housing and easily mounted to the sump pit's ejector pipe, LevelGuard employs the same solid-state switching technology used for over a decade in automotive, appliance, commercial and industrial applications.

"The failure issues of conventional float switches have a financial impact on homeowners, trade professionals, and their insurers," said Dave Dzioba, TouchSensor's director of standard products. "LevelGuard Electronic Sump Pump Switches provide homeowners, commercial property managers and their contractors with the best solution to extend the life of their pump systems."

Both LevelGuard and its patented Field-Effect sensing technology are Underwriters Laboratories listed. The switch has a warranty of five (5) years against manufacturer's defects.

Please visit LevelGuardProducts.com to learn more.

About LevelGuard
Established as a separate brand for fluid level solutions, the LevelGuard electronic sump pump switch provides a solution for plumbing contractors and homeowners that need to eliminate sump pump switch failure. Recognized by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), LevelGuard's proprietary solid-state design for fluid detection and pump switching will work for more than 1,500,000 cycles under normal sump pit conditions. Please visit www.levelguardproducts.com to learn more.

About TouchSensor Technologies, LLC
TouchSensor Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Methode Electronics (NYSE: MEI), is a market leader in solid-state User-Interface and Fluid Sensing products. Since its inception in 1997, TouchSensor products have been successfully used by many of the world's best brands in a wide variety of commercial and industrial applications with nearly 200 million Field-Effect sensors sold. Please visit www.touchsensor.com to learn more.

About Methode Electronics, Inc.
Methode Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: MEI) is a global developer of custom engineered and application specific products and solutions with manufacturing, design and testing facilities in China, Germany, India, Lebanon, Malta, Mexico, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. We design, manufacture and market devices employing electrical, electronic, wireless, safety radio remote control, sensing and optical technologies to control and convey signals through sensors, interconnections and controls. Our business is managed on a segment basis, with those segments being Automotive, Interconnect, Power Products and Other. Our components are in the primary end markets of the automobile, computer, information processing and networking equipment, voice and data communication systems, consumer electronics, appliances, aerospace vehicles and industrial equipment industries. Further information can be found on Methode's Web site www.methode.com.

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