Electronic Keyboards Features and Markets
About EKI's Products
EKI has introduced a family of
indestructible, totally electronic industrial keyboards, to be used
standalone or in our industrial computers . The Matrix Touch (TM) keyboard allows unlimited key touches on a touch
surface that can be pierced with a knife
and not affect the operation or life of the keyboard. The user friendly Matrix Touch (TM) keyboard with its
unlimited graphics, and being optical has the lightest touch of any
keyboard giving the user a touch of class that will Never wear out!
We manufacture industrial keyboards and
industrial computers to fit your application, both in the number of keys
and in the color to match your color scheme. Custom key layouts with hot
keys and in any color scheme in one to two weeks. Sample key patterns can
be seen by clicking on your industry in the left selection bar under
Keyboards: Industrial, Kiosk, Medical, etc. Remember these are only
samples, you can have your keys, text, logo's
The keyboards are sealed and have no
nooks and crannies so they can be easily washed or wiped clean. You don't
have to wash around or between keys. This easy clean up makes your
product, kiosk, or control panel look better longer.
We have two basic sizes, the smaller size can have up to
20 key positions with a .75 inch pitch or 35 positions with a .500 inch
pitch, and the larger size can have up to 83 positions staggered and 90
positions rectangular. The larger size touch area is the size of a
notebook computer keyboard, 9.75 inches wide and 3.75 inches deep, and
the overall size is 11.75 inches wide, 6.25 inches deep and 1.00 inch
thick. The 83 position can have the Cirque touch panel for cursor
positioning, like is found on all notebook computers.
We also make them in any language, you
send us what you want on the keys and we will send you a keyboard, or a
When purchasing our industrial
computers or operator stations our keyboards can be made to fit your
process, then when you tell an operator to touch the F6 key we can put
the real function text on that key, maybe Cascade, or Print, or
Auto/Manual, then you tell your operator to touch the function they want
making the process much easier and faster to learn. Or we can install one
of our more standard key patterns.
key touches - Over 30 million touches per year, that's as fast as a
person can touch 24 hours a day for a year, and then year after year,
after year. Being an optical keyboard, there are no moving parts so
there's nothing to wear out.
- HOT Keys, macro's, or short-cut keys - A key can
do a Ctrl+V, Alt+Shift+C+Enter,
www., .com, .net, or a complete URL - like touch a position on the
keyboard where your logo is and go to your home page.
- Braille keyboards with kiosk and full key
patterns. Now your Kiosk or ATM can fully comply with the ADA. One
keyboard with it's
dual markings allows vision impaired and sighted persons to use, and
is both easy and intuitive to learn.
- 2nd Funtion- you
can have up to 90 touch positions, and then touch the 2nd key and
have up to 180 dual marked touch positions with text or symbols, all
outputting characters or character strings.
- Host Controlled 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Function
- as a no cost option the host computer can output a Scroll Lock, Num
Lock, or Caps Lock and put the keyboard in the different modes, so now
you can have supervisor key text for setup and operator key text for
running the process. Or as you step through a process different keys
- External Switch Option - connections for four
external buttons or switches that can be directed to output PS2 or ASCll codes, or change the state of the keyboard.
Great for security, keyboard output control, launch a process, Reset,
go to your Home Page, or Hot Keys.
- Dual RS-232/422 Ports -
They can be configured to be a pass thru port from a RS-232/422
device, do the ASC11/PS2 conversion, and then sent to a PS2 host, or
from a RS-232/422 device to a RS-232 host.
RS-232, RS-422, Ps2 Keyboard, Ps2 Mouse, Row/Column, 8 bit parallel
Binary w/strobe, ASC11 parallel w/strobe. Option to have any key code
for any key position. Row/column outputs only standard on 20 position
- Dual Overlays - The keyboard can have a fixed
overlay with only the keys for an operator, then flip an external
secure switch, drop in a full key text overlay and a supervisor or
programmer can change secure parameters.
- Custom Key Text - Operate your products or processes
with names, don't tell your operators to press F6 to Print, tell them
to touch "Print".
- NEMA 4
Touch System - Impervious to finger nails, or any sharp objects, with
no detection means beneath the finger to be damaged.
Glidpoint Touch Pad - offers quality cursor positioning
from within the keyboard or mounted to the side.
- Hot Plugable -
Unique design allows the keyboard to be plugged into an up and running
host Ps2 port. A customer tested this by hot docking the keyboard over
1,200 times with various computers and equipment, and the keyboard is
still the same as it came out of the box, A OK. The customer said no
other keyboard could do this, and that this was the toughest keyboard
they've ever tested!
- Parallel Keyboards - up to six keyboards operating in
parallel at customer sites. No device drivers or other software
- LED Status Indicators -
controlled by the host system through communications link. Any one or
all of the indicators can be seen through the key text overlay
depending on the customers indicator requirements, i.e., operation in
progress in response to a key touched, a pump running, a printer
printing, any operation in progress, thus giving visual feedback for
Track (TM) - is like a your
finger being used like a joy stick. You place your finger in the
neutral zone, and then move your finger in the direction you want the
cursor to move. When you want the cursor to stop you can either move
your finger back to the neutral zone or lift it out of the touch area,
clicking and draging also supported. Should
be used only with applications that have icons larger than .75 square.
Key - Immuned to ESD because the key fits in
the housing not through it. Can be switch selectable to disable the
Keypad when removed. Can be used for supervisory changes to a process
Finger Pressure needed, the finger is actually detected before the
finger touches, so hose it down and still touch type and experience
the lightest touch of any keyboard.
Operation or Audio Feedback - switch selectable.
- ON LED
- optional if an indication of a power up condition is needed.
Key Text Overlay - No detection means to be touched or damaged by the
user, so the "Touch of Class" will never wear out.
panel mounting for a Flush look, or Surface mounting, only one inch
thick, or Stand Alone and Sealed Stand Alone to sit on your work
polycarbonate (Lexan) housing coated with a hard coat to protect it
from chemicals, perspiration, UV and scratches.
Requirements - 12VAC @ 100mA, or 5VDC @ 90mA. Ps2 Keyboards are only
connected to the Ps2 port.
color coordinated bezel covers when keyboard is surface mounted,
Black, Gray, or Off White.
Part B approved for home and industry, and CE.
you'd like to request custom requirements Click here for our form.
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Prices and specifications subject to
change without notice.
All keyboards are made to order, there is
NO return unless previously arranged PRIOR to order.
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Matrix Touch (TM) truly gives your customers a touch of class that
will never wear out!
Made in the USA
programmed in the field
A new family of rugged
field programmable industrial keyboards is suitable for a wide range of
industry uses including machine control, process control, desktop and point
(Elizabeth City, NC USA) - Electronic
Keyboards, Inc. (EKI) manufacturer of industrial keyboards announces the
launch of its new family of rugged field programmable industrial keyboards
for a wide range of industry use including machine control, process
control, desk top, to point of sale. The keyboards
are NEMA 4, can be mounted or standalone and each touch position is rated
at 30,000,000 touches per year. The family of keyboards include a 90
position and 180 position keyboard. Both keyboards can have a touch pad
mouse to give complete control in a compact size, the 90 position is 6"
x 12"x 1" with a 6x15 key matrix, and the 180 position is
10" x 12" x 1" with a 12x15 key matrix. In one setting the
keyboard can have the normal QWERTY type pattern for servicing the machine
or process PC, then be switched to a fully programmable keyboard to control
the machine or process. The keyboards can have programmable key sequences
of 4, 8 and 16 keys and can be programmed on the fly in the field with no
software to load, just flip a switch on the rear of the keyboard, touch a key position, then touch the key sequence, touch
the program key, and it's programmed. You can turn a key position off by
touching a key position and then the program key. You can have background
programmed keys on the keys you are using in normal operation, then by
touching the program key, the next key touched will output the background
sequence, then automatically revert back to the normal key. Once one
keyboard is programmed you can connect a second keyboard and clone the
programmed keys to a second, third, etc. Each key also has audible feedback
for operator inputs. The keyboard can also be used with a standard keyboard
on one computer. Optional external key switch or other mechanical switch
inputs can output codes dependent on external switch positions, or control
or modify keyboard outputs. Outputs can be PS2, dual RS-232/422, or USB.
Dual RS-232/422 inputs can receive serial comms
from other equipment, convert to PS2 and send via the PS2 port to the host
PC. Key text overlays can have permanent adhesive, or removable adhesive so
the overlays can be changed in the field as the key text need changes.
Because the keys are completely electronic with no moving parts they are
unaffected by vibration, altitude, G forces, and can be used inside or