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APEM Introduces Industrial Joysticks

To complement its ranges of panel-mount products, APEM introduces a range of professional joysticks for industrial applications. APEM joysticks are easy to use, reliable and designed for extremely long service lives. Four series are offered, based on different technologies: switch joysticks, potentiometer joysticks and contactless joysticks.

The 1000 series are robust joysticks based on standard microswitches, which can switch 6A, 10A and up to 16A. They are designed for screw or bush mounting and are offered as a low cost solution for non-proportional control.

4000 series joysticks employ high quality potentiometers. They have an all-metal mechanism ensuring maximum robustness and a life of over 5 million cycles. These products are the preferred choice for applications requiring proportional control, long life performance and absolute immunity to RFI/EMI.

The 5000 series is also a family of proportional joysticks. Shallower than the 4000 series and cost optimised, they are intended for lighter duty applications such as CCTV keyboard control.

9000 series joysticks operate using a contactless technology to give highly repeatable proportional signals that do not degrade with use. They feature a life over 10 million cycles. They offer self-centering omni-directional functionality, utilizing APEM’s unique “locking cam” system. These joysticks are the ideal interface for complex and safety critical applications such as materials handling or power chair control.

APEM joysticks are offered with a wide range of options, including an array of possible handles, gaiters and electrical outputs. All these joysticks, except the 1000 series, are available with third axis. They feature IP 65 sealing and are RoHS compliant.

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