NKK's OLED Rocker is a low profile,
multifunctional rocker switch with a built-in programmable OLED display. The
OLED rocker switch is a new addition to NKK's SmartSwitch product line of
user-friendly interfaces that combine a switch with a programmable display in
one device. The primary applications for
the OLED rocker switch are in control systems and in HMI displays or operator
interface applications where it can be used to replace multiple switches and
multiple displays. It also has an IP64
rating so it is well suited for applications where the device is exposed to
dust and water. The OLED Rocker allows engineers to incorporate the functions
of multiple switches and displays into one space-saving device. The benefits of
this are lower material cost, reduced panel space, less inventory and faster
installation time. The OLED SmartSwitch Rocker simplifies and improves operator
interfaces where multiple selection menus are required. User selection is based
on menus visible on the display and multiple layers of menus can be easily
achieved; this affords engineers a great deal of flexibility with just one
device. In addition, with its IP64 rating for dust and water protection, the
OLED rocker can be used in industrial applications and medical areas where wipe
down is required. The OLED Rocker has the following differentiating
attributes: first programmable switch to
combine an OLED display and three pushbutton switches; first programmable
switch with an IP rating for dust & water protection; high resolution OLED, exceptional contrast
at 96 x 64 pixels; and longest display life of any OLED switch (52K
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