Monday 7 December 2009


New switches provide joystick functionality
Soft-touch directional control and menu selection TACT switches

Foremost Electronics has introduced "the next step in control functionality." The Navimec™ switch concept from leading switch manufacturer MEC offers soft-touch joystick functionality making it possible to navigate up, down, left and right with the provision of a centre function that will typically be used as an enter key. Navimec™ switches are available with or without illumination and the non-illuminated versions may be over-printed with appropriate legends.

The NavimecTM switch series is designed for PCB mounting with and may be incorporated in control panels together with the existing illuminated IllumecTM switches 4A and 4F offering very bright illumination and excellent tactile feel. NavimecTM is available in SMD and through-hole mounting, is RoHS complaint and has a life expectancy of 10,000 operations and waterproof sealing exceeding IP67. The keycaps are specifically designed with a hi-tech look and a soft touch finish obtained by an elastomer coating.

Alan Cook, Managing Director of Foremost Electronics comments, “The MEC NavimecTM switches are a very useful addition to our range of man-machine interface solutions. In addition to their functionality our ability to print information on the button pad assists our customers with panel design and functionality. As they are waterproof to better than IP67 MEC NavimecTM switches may be used in industrial as well as pro-audio and instrumentation applications.”

These switches are ideal for performing directional functions such as navigating through menus in all types of test and measurement, medical, broadcast, pro-audio and other professional equipment.

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