The LS-32/40 .187 fastener microswitch replaces the existing switch found in the New LS-32 .187" Fastener Joystick with RE Plate (2017 Model), New LS-32-SC-K .187" Fastener Joystick with RE Plate (2017 Model) and Seimitsu LS-40 Joystick (.187 Fastener Type) with RE Plate.
What is the New LS-32, and Why does it Exist?
Originally labeled the LS-300 when introduced at 2017 Japan Arcade Expo (JAEPO), Seimitsu changed the name to "New LS-32" in order to properly represent the minor update to its lever microswitch. This is not a functional upgrade, but rather designed to address an unexpected development in the industry. Earlier in the year Panasonic suddenly announced they would no longer manufacture the microswitches used in the Seimitsu LS-32 series joystick lever. This not only affects this model, but eventually the entire line of Seimitsu products that utilize their brand of microswitch.
Faced with this challenge, Seimitsu went to work on an alternative, collaborating with respected microswitch brand Omron to develop a replacement model. Their goal was to replicate the feel of their original Panasonic microswitch, which fans have grown to known and enjoy. After many months of testing, including sample models at FA with thanks to SRK's PresidentCamacho - an ardent technical fan of the Seimitsu line - this new model is now available.