Combining high-quality components with the knowledge of panel technologies along with their applications in various environments enables us in providing you with an industrial remote control or complete dashboard to fit your exact needs.
The best solution for an agricultural application looks different from a material handling solution, a control panel for a military application looks different from a construction solution. Therefore, our integration experience affords us the opportunity to deliver the right solution for the environment in which they are meant for. Furthermore, it gives us a close understanding of the technology and its advantages and challenges, therefore making us better qualified to make design recommendations for your HMI.
We took our long-standing expertise in industrial design and created off-the-shelf solutions that can be applied to common applications. The offering includes plug & play remote controls with some customization options, such as the number of keys, shape of keys, and marking; and various keyboards, including metal, rubber, and membrane keypads.
Find your next quick fix in our range of standard panel solutions.
The EM series is a 3-key enhanced membrane keypad. This product is easy to integrate and its digitally-printed graphic overlay can be customized on request. The EM series can be surface mounted on an equipment or mounted on a wall and used as a remote control. A specific design, the use of resistant materials and the integration in a housing give this product a high sealing level (IP67, IP69K on request). Featuring an IK10 impact resistance, the EM keypad is more robust than standard model keypads and can be used in harsh environments.
MC2 series is a simple and cost-effective way to provide basic driving functionalities to a small vehicle, like a tractor, a lawn mower or a quad bike.
This plug & play solution is compact, easy-to-install and easy-to-use.
MC2 was designed to make your life easier, so don’t hesitate to ask for special customizations to fit your specific need.
This stainless steel keypad is available in 4, 12 or 16-key configurations, with 2 key sizes, to meet specific customer requirements. LED backlighting can optionally be intensified for better visibility (up to 4 LEDs by key). LED voltage and backlighting color can also be customized. Moreover, the inalterable laser-etched marking is perfectly suitable for intensive use.
APEM’s new PR series stainless steel keypads offer a compact and economical solution in control panel applications, with a frameless selection and easy installation.
Available with 1, 4, 12 or 16 round keys and with or without illumination, the PR series keypads (formerly the 82 series) can be customized to meet exact customer requirements. The different mounting options offered – rear or front mounting, with or without frame – allow for easy control panel integration and the inalterable laser-etched marking is perfectly suitable for intensive use.
With a 10 million cycle life due to movement free activation, the PZ series, a piezoelectric keypad is intended for applications requiring high reliability. Due to its closed surface, the PZ series keypad is sealed up to IP68, preventing the ingress of liquids and other contaminants. It can be installed on a washable surface and is ideally suited for medical or food industry equipment.The PZ series can be front or rear mounted and its flush keys and aluminum face provide a neat smooth surface and sleek aesthetic. Standard marking from 0 to 9 and */# is available and can also be customized on request.
The V series is the toughest keypad of the APEM stainless steel range.
Based on 20 years’ experience acquired with our 9 series keypads, the V series features extreme resistance to the harshest environments: dust, salt spray, vandalism, abrasion, corrosion, etc. while remaining a customizable product.
APEM masters many different panel technologies such as capacitive, membrane, elastomer and piezoelectric. Each technology has its unique advantages and possibilities and is better suited for different environments and uses. Combined with our high-quality components, we can assist you in designing and producing a control system to meet your specific requirements and standards.
In addition, we have mastered a wide selection of communication protocols to match the communication from your HMI to the architecture of your vehicle or machine.
The technologies and protocols described in this section are the most requested ones. If the technology or requirement you are looking for is not on the following pages, then please contact us for further consultation.
APEM develops and produces capacitive keyboards. These keyboards meet the requirements of industrial and professional markets as well as the trends of the consumer market:
- Modern, attractive and smooth interface
- Easy to clean
- Very robust
- No mechanical wear
- Water sealed and immune to waves
Made of polycarbonate or glass filled materials, these keypads meet the strict requirements of critical applications including shock resistance.
For many years, APEM has been developing ruggedized control systems for very harsh environments. These products combine critical electronic and software design expertise along with our core knowledge of milling, printing and discrete switch integration.
They can integrate switches and switch guards.
Typically, they are custom products suitable for small and medium production runs.
Our technologies are proven, used for more than 30 years for some of them. APEM is a major supplier of defense control systems in Europe.
APEM metal keypads/keyboards combine the highest level of resistance to vandalism (up to IK10) and a modern and visually attractive design.
Designed for the harshest environments, they are weather proof and can withstand most corrosive agents.
Metal keypads/keyboards have a modular construction which allows customization with a relatively short prototyping time. They are made of standard elements developed by APEM and can also integrate other components (joysticks, indicators, switches).
- Modular construction based on standard V, PR and PQ series
- Modern stainless steel/aluminum design
- Long life
- High resistance to harsh environments
- On request, integration of specific electronics: protocols, USB interfaceÉ
Control panels created with MEC switches provide high-end performance, like panel sealing, excellent illumination, durability and a touch of elegance.
- Large selection of standard caps and accessories
- Military grade robustness
- Long lifetime with >10.000.000 cycles
- Customization in one switch, no worry about different behind panel heights
Membrane switch panels are made of several layers of polyester printed and assembled together. They allow to create a custom human-machine interface at a reasonable price with low investment cost.
- Entirely customizable graphic design
- Choice of all other elements
- Reduced space requirement (thickness of some mm)
- The most affordable control system
Our ISO 9001 and ISO 14000 certified factories allow us to supply high quality membrane switch panels meeting the requirements of demanding applications.
Switch panels carry out switching functions that enhance the final product with a tailored decorative appearance.
The switch panels can be directly connected to the electronic equipment by a flexible tail termination and consist of several layers of polyester and adhesive.
Mixing the advantages of both capacitive technology and mechanical push in order to provide your HMI a new look - together with the endless possibilities provided by electronics for the control and illumination scenarios.
The number and the position of large 18 mm round keys are totally customizable, just like illumination and marking. The customer can create a tailor-made keypad for his application.
APEM piezoelectric keypads combine pressure-sensitive keys and visually attractive design. Offering the highest level of sealing against water and dust, these keypads have no electrical consumption at rest and require a real touch to be activated.
- Smooth aluminum front face for a modern design
- Easy to clean
- Protected against water, dust and frost
- No risk of unintentional activation by wind or water
- No consumption
In addition, it allows saving information on who and when someone has accessed the application.
Communication protocol is a system of rules that allows two or more entities of a communications system to transmit information. In general, the implementation of a chip on a PCB including a layer of software dedicated to the application is used to allow communication.
When you have an external partner designing your remote control or complete dashboard, it is important that the custom-designed piece of equipment can just be plugged into your system architecture without a problem.
We understand that each industry has its own preference for communication protocols, therefore at APEM, regardless of your industry, you can obtain a protocol that can speak to your system.
Below are the most commonly requested communication protocols. Please contact us if your needed protocol is not listed.
Do you need a remote control producer or a dashboard manufacturer for your next HMI solution? Are you concerned if the supplier would live up to the visual identity of your brand? Or is the functionality and complexity of your control panel that challenges you?
No worries, we’ve got you.
We are here to assist you from the early design concepts and environmental study to mass production. We have our own testing lab and strong quality control of the development and production processes to provide you with a reliable panel solution.
Take advantage of our decades of experience and let us deliver you a plug & play solution so you can focus on your core business.
A dashboard is the central hub of control and information, it needs to seamlessly ensure optimal performance, safety, and efficiency. The complexity and the magnitude of the task is the challenge. There are functionality, ergonomics, safety, industry standards and look & feel considerations to weigh over. Balancing a wealth of information without overwhelming the user is a complicated task.
Designing the best dashboard for your application requires not just technical expertise but creativity as well.
Partnering with a trusted expert like APEM means that with minimal resource input, you get a qualified final product that you can plug into your application and start using.
- No need to invent the wheel. You get decades of experience in successfully solving design challenges similar to the ones you are facing.
- Save time. No need for you to research the latest design options, we have the industry knowledge – the tips and tricks to ensure your dashboard meets the industry-specific requirements. Furthermore, we will ensure that the dashboard will continue to meet the needs by updating the obsolete products and upgrading the specifications when the standards change.
- Just plug & play. You will receive an easy-to-integrate final product that communicates seamlessly with your system architecture.
By embracing the latest panel technologies and partnering with an expert, you can ensure your dashboard meets the highest performance and durability standards, setting you apart in your industry.
Let us take you further than you expect.
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Designing an industrial remote control is a task that demands meticulous attention to detail. These devices must withstand harsh environments, from manufacturing floors to construction sites, and endure drops from various heights while having all the necessary functionalities without being too heavy or clumsy to use. Hence, striking the right balance between functionality and simplicity is an art in itself.
Partnering with a trusted expert like APEM means that with minimal resource input, you get a qualified final product that you can just plug and play.
- No need to invent the wheel. You get our decades of experience with the unique design challenges a remote control brings.
- Save time. No need for you to research the latest options in compact design, we have the industry knowledge – the tips and tricks to ensure your remote control is user-friendly. Furthermore, we will ensure that the remote control will continue to meet the requirements by updating the obsolete products and upgrading the specifications when the standards change.
- Just plug & play. You will receive an easy-to-integrate final product that communicates seamlessly with the application you need to operate.
By embracing the latest HMI technologies and partnering with an expert, you can ensure your remote control matches the operator's needs and makes their work easier.
Let us simplify your task.
Recommended panel technologies for industrial remote controls:
- Membrane – lightweight and easy to customize.
- Elastomer – easy to customize and flexible in form.
- MEC PCB switches – Customizable sophisticated design while still being relatively light and compact.
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