Thursday 27 May 2010

Rugged, waterproof keypads

“The demand for rugged waterproof keypads continues to grow as the need for security and access systems becomes more widespread.” Claims Alan Cook, Managing Director of Foremost Electronics, “These two new additions to our keypad range offer a cost effective, ergonomic, low profile secure access solution while in addition they are vandal resistant and waterproof.” These products are exclusive to Foremost Electronics who can supply them to customers throughout Europe.

The new AK-1604-N-SSB-WP-MM features a 16 button alpha-numeric keypad and the AK-304-N-SSB-WP-MM has a 12 button numeric keypad. Custom legend options are available with a minimum order quantity of 2,000 pcs plus nominal tooling costs.

Both keypads are manufactured from rugged cast metal, are waterproof to IP67 and are rear panel mounted through a single large cut-out with an optional rubber gasket for additional weatherproof sealing. The keypads have contacts rated at 24VDC/20mA and contact resistance of 20mΩ. Life expectancy is greater than 2,000,000 cycles per key and they have an operating temperature range of -20 to +60ºC. Both keypads are available in Illuminated versions.

These new compact, low profile, metal keypads may be used in public and industrial environments for access control, security, data-entry, vending machines and kiosks, environmental control and service access.

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