Product Announcement from APEM Components, Inc.
To complement its range 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, proportional 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.
The 1000 Series is a versatile range of low cost switch joysticks and is ideal for light to medium duty environments where proportional control is not a necessity. Configurable with either single or double pole switching, the 1000 Series can also be specified as screw or bush mounted.
The joystick construction is determined by the switches employed. There are two possible construction options, based on the use of either V3 or V4 switches. V4 switches may be specified with 6A or 10A operation, yielding a smaller joystick than the construction employed for V3 switches which yields up to 16A operation.
Three switch options are specified as standard. All are configured with change-over contacts, allowing the user flexibility of connection.
V4 - 6A/240V AC should be specified where the joystick will be switching smaller current levels. These switches are supplied with gold flash terminals to ensure reliable switching at very low current levels.
V4 - 10A/240V AC should be specified where the joystick will be switching larger current levels.
V3 - 16A/240V AC should be specified where the joystick will be switching even greater current levels.
Note: The construction of the joystick employing V3 switches is not available with as many configuration options.
Life and reliability of the switches is heavily determined by the type of application and parameters such as load. The Apem sales team will be happy to provide further advice about the expected switch performance under differing loads or DC supplies.
All 1000 Series are supplied with an open square gate. As a standard option the joystick may be supplied with an additional limiter set, that allows the customer to retro-fit limiters to reduce the travel to single axis(-), cross (+) or diagonal (X) operation.
Joysticks are supplied as standard without a cable harness, allowing the user flexibility of connection. Alternatively the joystick may be factory configured with fitted limiters or cable harnesses, upon customer request.
Two gaiter options are offered as standard to provide an IP65 above-panel seal. When specifying a bush mount joystick please select gaiter option 5. Alternatively gaiter option 1 should be selected for 4 point screw mount joysticks. As standard, an adhesive P.V.C sealing gasket is supplied with all bush mount joysticks, to ensure a good seal between the joystick body and the panel.
DUAL POLE OPERATION
The construction of the joystick is designed such that both switches nominally trigger simultaneously. Such simultaneous triggering is subject to a +/-3 degree tolerance (between switches) owing to the mechanical tolerances and hysterisis of each switch.
The 1000 Series is available in two mounting options, four point screw mount or bush mount. The V4 screw mount option is supplied with M2.5 x 20mm screws, whereas the larger construction of V3 screw mount joystick is supplied with M2.5 x 25mm screws. All screws supplied are slotted, pan head machine screws.
Lever option 5 provides for a low profile above the panel (41mm), this option is very popular for those applications requiring a compact, stubby design. Lever option 1 is an additional 5mm taller. Lever option 6 should be specified for a push button handle, and lever option 7 is designed for V4 di-pole, or V3 constructions.
APEM, a world of switching capabilities
Since its creation in 1952, APEM has become one of the leading worldwide manufacturers of man-machine interfaces. The group is present in 11 countries and has a network of more than 130 distributors and agents on five continents. With production plants in Europe, North Africa, America and Asia, APEM achieves 67 % of its turnover from export markets.
APEM develops and manufactures professional switch products for diversified markets including instrumentation, medical, communications, industrial automation, avionics, defence and transport. The APEM group supplies more than 20,000 customers worldwide.