APEM’s abundant history of high quality products due to their precise attention to detail and cutting edge technology, has contributed to the group’s impressive timeline.
Below is a selection of our flagship products, all of which are still included in our catalog several decades after their creation!
Double icon pushbutton switch
The FD series is derived from the FP series launched in 2012, the first APEM pushbutton switch with fully illuminated actuator.
APEM has integrated a new technology allowing 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.
Its 24 mm diameter bushing, rare on the market, allows this series to be one of the company’s flagship products.
Ergonomic game style pendant controller
Faced with the development of unmanned vehicles, robotics and other remote controlled applications, APEM has decided to optimize user comfort by developing an innovative and ergonomic pendant controller.
Lightweight and operable with one hand, this device is ideal for applications requiring precise and intuitive control.
The PC series easily accommodates APEM’s TS series miniature proportional joystick and I series pushbutton switches.
A concentration of innovative technologies
Nine years after its market introduction, the 3000 series is still at the forefront of technology, with over 50 handles available.
APEM has combined three innovations to develop this joystick: the lowest profile beneath the panel in the market, a ball socket mechanism utilizing metallic components for over 80 % of the working mechanism and single chip two axis Hall effect sensor technology dramatically reducing programming times and improving accuracy.
The first joystick designed for network video monitoring applications
APEM developed the IP Desktop to offer its customers a joystick specifically meeting their need for network video monitoring.
IP Desktop features a three axis Hall effect joystick for intuitive control of pan, tilt and zoom camera functions. Moreover, APEM’s engineers have integrated a USB 2.0 interface for easy adaptation to software applications supporting USB joystick inputs via Microsoft DirectX.
Efficient and easy to install, this joystick has become a standard in the range of “game controller” joysticks.
A family of indicators which keeps expanding
Quickly adopted by distribution networks, the Q series initially offered 2 bushing diameters only: 8 and 14 mm.
New cut-out diameters (6, 12, 16, 19, 22 mm) and customized options (special engraving, wire lengths, etc.) were added as the range globally expanded with NPI’s into OEM custom design in and new distribution lines.
The APEM group also met the requirements of the defense and marine specific markets by developing the NVIS range (night vision compatible) and stainless steel versions for the Q22 series.
A high performance solution
The Navimec™ solution was designed in 2002 by MEC, the Danish APEM affiliate.
This five-position navigational switch was originally a custom product for a Danish manufacturer, TC, who used it for music controls and mixers.
MEC decided to propose the product to all customers and can now rely on this high performance solution.
The 50 million cycle switch
Featuring piezo technology, the PBA series offers a very long life expectancy and sealing level up to IP69K (highest rating level).
With the PBA Piezo, APEM gained access to the market of self-service bike docking stations, branded JC Decaux. Used in baths and spas or in the medical sector, PBA piezo switches can also be ATEX approved to meet the requirements of the mining industry as well as any other industry with a potentially explosive atmosphere.
The best selling pushbutton switch
With steadily increasing sales since its launch more than 20 years ago, the IP series pushbutton switches have enhanced APEM’s reputation with customers.
Designed for harsh environments, this series combines modularity and high performance demonstrating APEM’s expertise and product appeal.
The most robust pushbutton switch
The AV series is a wide range of pushbutton switches combining robustness and an aesthetic appearance.
APEM's first fully metallic switch, the AV Series is IK & IP tested and qualified.
These switches withstand all types of adversity (rain, frost, salt, UV rays, vandalism), while presenting a modern and sleek design. The AV series is commonly used in demanding applications such as ticket dispensers for public transport, making it a highly distributed product.
APEM's first switch for the military market
This particularly tough series, approved to CECC and MIL standards, is mainly intended for military applications.
Defense market leaders have placed their trust in APEM for decades for the robustness and reliability of its 12000X778 switches.
A double shell case and a pinned toggle ensure high performance in harsh environments.
Award winning design
With a combination of the 1B cap and 2C bezel mounted on a 3A tactile switch, the Multimec® switch won the Danish Design award for the best industrial design in February 1990. Originally, there were 6 switch options in the 3 series with a few cap options for each switch.
The Multimec® line has been adjusted and updated throughout the years and now comprises the 3 series (3A, 3C, 3F) and the 5 series (5G, 5E).
Illumec 4F series is an extension of the Multimec® 3F switch.
Choice, performance and recognized aesthetics make this line one of APEM flagship products.
Subminiature switches designed for PCB mounting
APEM tiny switches were designed for wave soldering onto PC boards and were developed with tape and reel packaging for automatic mounting.
Highly valued by telecom companies booming during that period, these toggle, rocker, pushbutton and slide switches are less used nowadays, but remain an APEM flagship product line.
A product specially developed for one customer
In the late 1970’s, APEM created a new slide switch series specifically for SIEMENS.
This German company had consulted APEM for the development of a quality switch less expensive than the one developed in-house.
The 25000 series met their requirement and was later adopted by the Canadian company MITEL.
The arrival of miniature toggle switches
For the introduction in the PCB miniature switch market, APEM developed a new series of miniature toggles in Montpezat.
Due to the enormous success of these new products and the market potential, the company then decided to open a new factory in Caussade one year later.
The first rocker switch
APEM modernized the design of its products and created the first rocker switches.
That year also saw the arrival of the first plastic toggles allowing different colors and better protection against electrocution risks.
The first pushbutton switches
To meet market requirements, APEM added a line of pushbutton switches to its product range.
During the following years, pushbutton models with quick-break mechanisms were developed to reduce contact soiling and thus avoiding the creation of electrical arcing.
The first 3-position toggle switch
Jean Rogero, APEM’s founder, in his constant search for new products, designed the first 3-position toggle switch series. These products allowed switching from one circuit to another with a neutral point at center.
The 600 series was available in 1 pole, 2 pole, 3 pole and 4 pole versions.
This marked the beginning of a new strategic range expansion, with the intentions of fulfilling the growing needs of electronic customers and becoming a leader in a constantly evolving market.
The first switch series
Featuring roller or knife blade contacts, the first switch series were produced in the original APR factory.
Custom options were available, such as “Luxe”, a chrome plated, polished toggle and nut or “Sealed” with a neoprene boot.
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