SOURCE: Digital Switching Systems

Digital Switching Systems

October 11, 2012 10:06 ET

Digital Switching Systems Unveils New Compact and Powerful Keypad

The PowerKey 1000 CAN Keypad Is the Ideal Solution for Any Application Requiring a High Number of Functions and Capabilities in a Compact Dash Area

RALEIGH, NC--(Marketwire - Oct 11, 2012) -  Digital Switching Systems (DSS), a leading provider of rugged open-source keypads, has announced another milestone in its PowerKey family of keypads, the PowerKey 1000 CAN keypad. The PowerKey1000 CAN keypad combines the styling and compact package size of the PowerKey family with the software features and network capabilities of DSS' popular PowerKey Pro family of keypads. The PowerKey1000 CAN keypad is the perfect lightweight and flexible solution for any application and continues Digital Switching Systems' leadership in rugged and flexible keypads.

"As large machinery and heavy equipment become more powerful, there is less and less room on the dash for a multitude of switches and keypads," said Eric Vaughn, President of DNA Group, parent to Digital Switching Systems. "Our priority at Digital Switching Systems is to provide these equipment manufacturers with interface solutions that maximize functionality while minimizing space needed on the dash. The PowerKey 1000 CAN keypad really is the hallmark of maximum functionality in a small and rugged keypad."

Supporting CAN-based protocols, the new PowerKey 1000 CAN keypad incorporates such features as add-on keys, DeviceNet LED status indicator, re-configurations functions such as address, PGN's and other CAN features. It is also available in a CAN-Open, Device Type 401 configuration. DSS standard features such as IP67, ruggedized construction, semi-custom, laser etched graphics to customer specifications, one million cycles, etc. are also all part of this new generation of omni-BUS™ HMI devices.


A heavy equipment manufacturer had two issues that needed to be resolved for their next generation of motor control systems. First, they needed a large number of human to machine inputs in a very limited space. Secondly, they needed a network device to reduce the wire harness to a minimal size. By using three PowerKey 1000 CAN keypads, Digital Switching Systems was able to provide a rugged, ergonomic and aesthetically pleasing solution mounted into the arm rests of an operator's chair.

The PowerKey1000 CAN keypad, operating on CAN/J1939, with custom legends for the various command functions were networked into the arm rests of the user control chair using power and two communications wires. The compact design allowed up to 30 functions to be controlled in a space of approximately 36 square inches using three keypads with custom designed graphics depicting the complex functions of the machinery.

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About Digital Switching Systems:
Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Digital Switching Systems is a leading provider of rugged, open-source keypad solutions for the industrial, outdoor equipment, marine, military and transportation industries. A subsidiary of DNA Group, Digital Switching Systems continues to bring to the forefront state-of-the-art devices and software applications for remote, networked control of low voltage DC power applications through the DSS family of components powered by omni-BUS™. For more information about Digital Switching systems, please visit

DNA Group, Inc. is a manufacturer of custom controls for the portable appliance, white goods and consumer products market. To learn more, please visit

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