Illuminated-ring keys considerably improve visual components, provide more security, and should be present on all operator panels that control modern machines and systems, according to the company. Its illuminated-ring keys are composed of a short-stroke key, a source of light and high-performance LEDs. The main component is the luminous ring, which is said to provide evenly distributed light around the key. This facilitates readability and signal effectiveness, even at great distances.The illuminated-ring keys have a total diameter of 25 mm (1 inch), with 16 mm (0.6 inches) for the actual pressing area. The short-stroke key, with either embossment or a raised edge, has a lifespan of at least 1 million uses. LEDs are available in red, green and yellow and can be combined as needed into one or two-color variants. Legend strips provide flexibility for key labels.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey