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Ruggedized Keyboards

Product Announcement from Esterline Interface Technologies

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Advanced Input Systems' Ruggedized mid-travel keyboards are designed to withstand industrial and public use environments. Highly durable, these 85 and 63-key panel-mount boards are constructed with secured, metal keytops within a metal bezel.

This construction advantage makes them vandal resistant to knives, pens, butane lighters and virtually any other type of abuse where either vandalism or weather is the major concern in design. Keytop legends are laser etched into the keytop's surface to create a permanent legend.

These fully-rugged keyboards are ideal for mounting in equipment as an integrated keyboarding device. With proper mounting, the 85 board will meet IP65, NEMA12 or NEMA4x specifications.


  • Public interactive kiosks
  • Interactive ATMs
  • Outdoor use
  • Harsh environments


  • Efficient 85 key layout
  • 10 function keys
  • Vandal resistant metal keys and bezel
  • Environmentally sealed IP65, NEMA12 or NEMA4X
  • Operating temperature range –30° C to 80° C
  • Shock and vibration resistant
  • Resistant to impact, sharp objects, cola spill, butane lighters
  • Switch life: 4 million cycles
  • Breakover tactile response
  • Laser etched keytop legends
  • Small footprint: 12.868" x 6.546"
  • CE compliant
  • ESD protected
  • Pre-drilled mounting holes
  • PS/2 compatible


  • Design assistance
  • Custom enclosures and housings
  • Standard or custom electronics
  • Foreign language legends
  • Integral pointing devices
  • Turnkey assemblies to specification
  • In-house testing
  • ISO Certified


  • Mechanical:
    • Switch travel 1.5MM
    • Switch life 4 X 106 cycles
  • Environmental:
    • Operating temperature -30° to +80° Celsius
    • Storage temperature -40° to +60° Celsius
    • Relative humidity (non-condensing) 5% - 85%
  • Various:
    • Shock MIL-STD-810C
    • Vibration MIL-STD-810E
    • Safety Certifications UL, CSA, IEC
    • Operating force 150
  • Certifications:
    • CE Mark
    • FCC Class B
    • EN55022 Class B
    • EN55024 Information Technology Equipment Standard
    • EN50082-2 Heavy Industrial Immunity


Bezel shape and alignment: The shape and alignment of the bezel are not critical to keyboard performance. However, different approaches to bezel design will affect the aesthetic appearance of the overall implementation. Consult your Advanced Input Systems Sales Engineer for bezel design recommendations.

Keyboard mounting: The Ruggedized 85 key panel-mount keyboard provides 30 mounting holes (0.156") around the perimeter of the keyboard. The keyboard includes a factory installed rubber gasket as a standard option. When mounted correctly, this gasket provides a NEMA4x compliant seal. The key surface already complies with NEMA4x standards directly from the factory. Consult your Advanced Input Systems Sales Engineer for suggestions on mounting techniques utilizing these locations.