Switches bring joystick function with soft-touch control

Navimec Tact switches with soft-touch, directional control are now available from Foremost Electronics. The importer and specialist distributor of electromechanical components claims to offer the largest stock profile of options and parts available for fast delivery.

The MEC Navimec switch offers human machine interface (HMI) control functionality, with a circular soft-touch Tact switch with joystick functionality, observed Foremost. Navimec switches make 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 Navimec five-position navigational switch is suitable for data entry and motion control devices where a joystick function is needed. The switch is available as a complete module or may be supplied as single parts for custom PCB mounting.

Navimec Tact switches are available with standard cap colours of grey, white, black, frosted white, ultra-blue, dusty blue, aqua blue, metal dark blue, metal light grey, metal dark grey and metal Bordeaux. Various standard legend options are available including, numeric, text and symbols. Legends may be pad printed or laser marked for heavy duty applications.

The operating temperature range for solid cap versions is -40 to +65 degrees C and for a transparent cap -40 to +85 degrees C. The switch’s height above the panel is 12.2mm and mounting hope required is 34.25mm.

Alan Vincent, sales director of Foremost, commented on the trend towards touchscreen HMI control systems. “Navimec Tact switches are ideal for system control in low or high ambient lighting where a tactile response is essential, in dusty or humid environments where touchscreens can be unreliable and especially for directional control where operation of a Navimec Tact switch is instinctive, reliable and safe.”

MEC Switches offer a range of illuminated and non-illuminated switches with a comprehensive range of cap options. Foremost can supply any products from this manufacturer’s extensive range.

Foremost serves a range of diverse markets from industrial, instrumentation, audio/broadcast, rail, medical to education. The agent and distributor of electro-mechanical components was established in 1989. Foremost Electronics’ portfolio includes switches, connectors, cabinets, enclosures and handles, control knobs, thermal fuses and optoelectronics. Foremost also supplies joysticks and controllers for both OEM and standalone applications and have specialist online stores for IP joysticks and electric vehicle (EV) connectors and accessories.


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