Ruggedised controls “survive and thrive” in tough environments

3rd June 2024
Mick Elliott

Authorised design-in partner Astute Electronics is now offering APEM’s extensive range of ruggedised controls comprising switches, joysticks, indicators, and complete panel solutions.

They are engineered to survive and thrive in the most demanding environments. Astute says they are essential for systems operating in hazardous conditions where precision, reliability, and intuitive user interfaces are paramount.

Designed to resist shock, vibration, moisture, dust, extreme temperatures, and other hazards, APEM controls are a preferred choice in industries including military, defence, heavy machinery, marine, and transportation.

With extensive options in sealing (reaching IP67, IP68, and IP69K ratings), backlighting choices, and layout customization, APEM products suit nearly any demanding application.

The ruggedized controls feature high mechanical resistance to shocks, acceleration and vibrations, uniform backlighting thanks to individual steering and calibration, complete EMC shielding and adapted ergonomics for user comfort (finger locations, markings, tactile feedback)

APEM’s commitment to ruggedness goes beyond environmental factors. Their products undergo rigorous testing to ensure long-term mechanical and electrical performance, even under heavy use. The diverse selection of control interfaces, combined with customisation capabilities, allows engineers to create human-machine interfaces (HMIs) that are both resilient and optimised for the unique workflows of each system.

Typical applications cover military and defence vehicles and ground systems, construction and agricultural equipment, marine and aviation control systems, industrial automation and process control and transportation and heavy equipment.

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