Unique keypads or keyboards with touch-sensitive technology

EAO, the specialists in human machine Interfaces, has unveiled a new way to create a personalised keypad or keyboard that’s impact-resistant, vandal-resistant, oil and waterproof.
The TSK.series is an innovative, versatile range of customisable, PCB-based products, which features 12- and 16-key keypads, and a full-sized PC-style keyboard with the option of a touchpad mouse. It is even possible to create any custom layout from 4 to 128 keys.
EAO supplies the PCB-based keypad or keyboard and a suitable connecting interface, including PS2, USB and Matrix (others available on request). The front plate, which is provided by the customer, ensures total protection from dirt and fluid ingress, and damage from shock and impact.
A typical TSK set-up comprises the desired PCB layout, connected to an interface card and then placed under the non-conductive, transparent plate such as polycarbonate or glass up to 10mm thick. EAO also offers a special version of the keypad suitable for use under double-glazed glass up to 24mm thick.
The keyboard design and key arrangement is created using the supplied software then printed on a plastic or paper overlay and placed between the PCB and front plate. Customers can create a unique design by inserting their logo into easy-to-use, adaptable templates, or even print directly on the plate.
The PCB keyboards are available in the standard layout for different languages including English, German, French, US English, Italian, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Belgian and many more. They are compatible with most operating systems from Windows 2000 to Vista, as well as Linux.
Cost effective
TSK products provide a cost-effective, easy to install solution, which is ideal for many applications within vending, security and access, medical equipment and industrial environments among others.
In particular, they are suitable for use in polluted areas affected by dust, grease or ink particles suspended in the air; sterile environments cleaned using ultrasonic techniques; hygienic environments cleaned using high-pressure washing; medical equipment, explosive atmospheres which must be free of contacts and electrostatic discharge; and public areas susceptible to vandalism.
EAO claims to offer the widest range of rugged keyboards and keypads available from a single manufacturer, including IP67 metal mechanical products and click-dome technology. These products provide a long service life and unparalleled reliability in the field.