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Variohm EuroSensor adds Blink Marines CANopen, J1939 and RS485 keypads to product range
Variohm EuroSensor has added a new range of keypads and controllers from the Italian manufacturer Blink Marine to its extensive product portfolio. Powerkey, PowerTrack, and Powerkey Pro series keypads offer exceptional durability and flexibility through models that variously include CANopen, J1939 and RS485 communication profiles and offer industry leading features such as relegendable buttons with customisable/interchangeable inserts as well as fully configurable and personalised LED indicators plus LED backlights.
Blink Marine keypads are further characterised by their smart and ergonomic design, which makes for easy vertical or horizontal orientation into the customers application. With IP67/IP69K protection ratings, UVB 400 sunlight protection as well as salt spray and chemical resistance to the harshest substances, the keypads ruggedised construction will suit use in the toughest environments. With their well proven use in machine control and switching applications ranging from agricultural, off road, transportation, and construction vehicles to motorsports, marine and military equipment, Blink Marine keypads are a perfect complementary product line for Variohm EuroSensors extensive range of sensors and transducers.
Blink Marines PowerKey1000 and 1400 are available in 10 and 14 key versions. With CANopen (Device Profile 401d) and J1939 protocols, the range can be customised for both the key symbol imagery and the number of LEDs assigned to each individual key. They include a backlight to aid use and visibility in low light settings. The PowerTrack series is based on the same style and design as the PowerKey but includes a rotary encoder together with six keys to allow management of complex scroll functions that can be assigned via CANbus/J1939 and read into a compatible HMI display. Customisation options are available including multicolour LEDs.
The PowerKey Pro builds upon the PowerKey, adding RS485 keypad addressing to CANopen and J1939 communication. The PowerKey Pro series has a low-profile design and can be flush or front mounted. The range covers a choice of 15 mm or 24 mm interchangeable keys where individual laser-etched key symbol inserts can be easily replaced from Blink Marines comprehensive library. User customised symbol inserts are also available. This allows the possibility for the user to adapt and change the keypad to match the switching task in hand or for the users keypad spares or production inventory to be maintained at a minimum level. The larger 24 mm insert size is particularly appropriate for more heavy-duty applications where operators may need to wear protective gloves. Models are available through the PowerKey Pro series with four to twelve keys and as with all Blink Marine keypads, the number of LEDs assigned to each key can be colour-code personalised.
Software features across the complete product range include Event Status Transmission where the keypad can message the communication bus indicating a button press or a button release - allowing digital systems to have similar input acknowledgements as that of the latching position of a mechanical switch. Periodic Status Transmission indicates the press or release status of each button as a continuous broadcast of messages where the frequency can be adjusted over a wide range. Also, to ensure the keypad is functioning correctly, Periodic Heartbeat broadcasts continuously, again with a wide frequency adjustment range. Blink Marine keypads have plug-and-play configurability and are supported with comprehensive programming manuals. Blink Marines keypads are also available with a special motorsport protocol to enable communication with some motorsport controllers that have limited CAN programming capacity. Whilst the keypad software is more complex the controller software burden can be lighter.
For further information including product datasheets on Blink Marines keypads visit https://www.variohm.com/products/keypads. Variohm EuroSensor is a leading sensor and transducer designer and manufacturer with distribution partnerships with globally leading sensor suppliers. Comprehensive sales and application support is available across a wide range of position, force, pressure, load, and temperature sensor technologies for demanding measurement application solutions in industry, construction, agriculture, motorsports, medical, research and more.
About Variohm EuroSensor
Variohm EuroSensor is a manufacturer, distributor and supply chain partner providing complete sales and application support across a comprehensive range of position, force, pressure, load, and temperature sensor technologies - for demanding measurement applications across industry, construction, agriculture, motorsports, research and more.
About Variohm Holdings
Comprising four closely linked operating divisions, staffed by highly experienced motion and sensor application specialists with extensive knowledge of international standards; Variohm Holdings combines its considerable design and manufacturing capability with best of brand products and components from leading global partners to provide engineered solutions that are seamlessly and cost effectively integrated for your application.
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