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Proportional thumbwheels with friction hold - HR series 2015-12-21


APEM expands its range of proportional thumbwheels with a new, friction hold version. This new patented technology allows for ultra-precise movement while allowing the user to hold the selection in a set position. The HR series uses proven non-contacting Hall Effect sensor technology, independent from the friction mechanism, providing a smooth and precise linear voltage output that does not degrade over time. The HR series with friction hold is ideal in applications that include panel mount and joystick integration as well as agricultural machinery, material handling equipment and off-road vehicles.

The HR series thumbwheels with friction hold come in two versions: one with 11 detents along the travel (1 at center and 5 on each side) and another with a center detent, smooth movement on each side and providing a feel of friction hold without detents.

Distinctive features:  
- IP68 sealing
- EMI/RFI shielding
- Backlighting option
- Wide range of colors
- Mechanical life : 100,000 cycles

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Q16 Series Secret Until Lit Indicators 2015-11-16


This range offers the customer diversity and individuality to fully customize their design by using screen printed symbols or text. Highly visible graphics using bright LED's, give a homogenous illumination ideal for automotive, construction, marine and materials handling applications.

Distinctive features:  
- Secret until lit symbol or text
- Customized graphics or select from a widely used range of automotive    (ISO symbols)  
- Scratch resistant polycarbonate decal
- Hyper bright LED's include standard blue, white, bi-color and tri-color
- All voltage ranges
- Fixed light or flashing light (only up to 28VDC)
- Matte black bezel with recess to protect decal
- Front panel sealing up to IP67
- Rear end sealed with epoxy resin and 200mm 22AWG wires

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New FD Series: Double icon illuminated pushbutton switches 2015-10-05


APEM introduces its latest innovation: the FD series double icon illuminated pushbutton switches. The new FD Series pushbuttons complement the existing range of large illuminated pushbuttons switches with a new technology that allows the display of two different legends depending on the actuator position.

The FD series is ideally suited for integrated designs where additional switches and indicators are no longer necessary.

Distinctive features
• Snap-in and threaded bushing models
• Bushing diameter 24 or 26 mm
• Momentary or latching
• Sealing up to IP69K (threaded bushing version)
• 3 standard legends – additional legends available on request

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AV security pushbutton switches suitable for 250VAC 2015-08-20


The AV series is a wide range of pushbutton switches that offers the same robustness and aesthetics you’ve come to expect from APEM. Tested and qualified for impact resistance and sealing - IP and IK levels, these switches withstand all types of adversity (rain, frost, UV, vandalism) while offering a modern and stylish design.

For increased operator safety, APEM’s AV series includes 3 new models approved to EN 61058-1 (NF/CE standard), that can switch a 250VAC current. The EN61058-1 approval is essential in all applications linked to the operation of consumer equipment such as light fixtures and devices.

The design of the AV 250V models has been specifically adapted to meet the requirements of the EN61058-1 standard:

- Minimal distance between contacts and housing
- Adapted case length to ensure correct creepage distance
- Self-extinguishing and/or flame retardant material with high insulating power

The new AV 250V combines consumer safety and protection with a compact, stylish design. 

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New soft touch elastomer handles for TS Series 2015-08-12


APEM, Inc. launches three new soft touch handle options for the popular TS series thumb controls.  The new overmolded thermoplastic elastomer feature provides non-slip and comfortable actuation to the castle, winged hat & conical handles.

Similar in size and operation to "gamepad" controls, the TS series is ideally suited for military robotics, material handling and UGV operator control units.  

For more information, please refer to the  PDF data sheet