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The KBIM2-IS is a full QWERTY PC keyboard with integral mouse for use in industrial environments. The unit is intrinsically safe, protected via safety barriers and is suitable for use in Zone 0 hazardous locations.

The KBIM2-IS is fully welded from stainless steel. The membrane is covered with a conductive stainless steel shim to prevent static build up.

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Industrial Joysticks

We offer a wide range of industrial joystick controllers for various applications, from accurate dynamic positioning in the maritime sector to controlling the valves on an oil rig where ATEX certification is required. We can provide joysticks with 1-axis, 2-axis or multi-axis (3-axis or more), tailor them to meet your exact needs with various output signal protocols, or design a complete HMI solution.

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What are industrial joysticks?

Industrial joysticks are utilised in many heavy-duty operations, including, marine equipment, agricultural machines, forestry machines, construction equipment, material handling vehicles, robotics, medical apparatus, factory production lines to cranes and winches. Due to extreme environmental conditions and rough handling, industrial joysticks are more robust in design and manufacture to guarantee long life expectancy and minimise equipment failure.

Depending on the application, our joysticks can be:

  • 1-axis (forward/backwards movement)
  • 2-axis (forward/backwards and left/right movement)
  • 3-axis (forward/backwards, left/right, and clockwise/counter-clockwise lever movement).

Such movements make it possible for industrial joysticks to control a machine or apparatus in multiple directions effortlessly.

Essential components:

  • Potentiometers – used to give a proportional electrical output signal that corresponds with the position of the joystick lever.
  • Directional switches – are used to implement safety precautions or give the joystick extra functionalities, such as the ‘open, close and grab’ feature.

About our IECEx Joysticks

IECEx is an international directive applicable for electrical equipment intended for potentially explosive atmospheres, whereas ATEX is strictly EU applicable.

When the atmosphere contains flammable or combustible gases, vapour, mists or dust, any electric spark can lead to hazardous explosions. Our industrial joysticks are designed, tested, and certified according to worldwide safety standards to ensure electrical equipment does not initiate such an explosion.

Our range of IECEx joysticks features one or multiple potentiometers and IECEx certified switches. This ensures they are suitable for their intended purpose and can be safely used in hazardous environments, including rigs, mining, and chemical plants worldwide. We offer clients a wide range of options;

  • Handles
  • Gaiters
  • Different electrical outputs.

We can modify our industrial and military joysticks to meet the specific demands of our clients, whether they require individual items or in large quantities. We also provide small batch and contract manufacturing services should you lack the production facilities and test capabilities.

Types of IECEx joysticks available

Finger joysticks: We can design and manufacture finger joysticks that promote smooth, precise control of critical functions in industrial applications where a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) is required. Our finger joysticks are available in one, two or three-axis configurations and built with ergonomic handle styles to enable superb proportional control.

Our certified IECEx Pointing Device- IM2-IS is a rugged pointing device designed for use in hazardous and harsh locations including zone 0, 1 and 2. Its mouse cursor speed is proportional to displacement of the joystick, providing both speed and precision to the user.

Thumb joysticks: Our panel mounted thumb joysticks deliver smooth proportional output control, all within a compact, low-profile design. Ideal for indoor and rugged outdoor environments for applications that require reliable, multi-dimension axis control.

Our IECEx certified KBIM2-IS is a full QWERTY PC keyboard with integral thumb joystick for use in rugged environments. The unit is intrinsically safe, protected via safety barriers and is suitable for use in Zone 0 hazardous locations.

Meanwhile, our Industrial Keyboard is another in-house product designed and supported by APC Technology. Boasting IP65 sealing, this keyboard features membrane keys to provide positive tactile feedback and joystick using patented opto-strain-gauge technology for a user friendly experience.

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