Rugged keyboards & trackballs

mil spec keyboard

Rugged keyboards & trackballs for demanding applications

Requirements for military applications are demanding. It needs a deep technical knowledge to find the right robust keyboard or pointing device solution.  

Military projects require an availability of 10 -15 years. We have full control over every component used in the keyboard: whether it is the mechanics, the PCB, firmware, we have that fully under control and that's why we can guarantee this long term availability.

We do not produce consumer products, only high-end industrial products for demanding applications.

What exactly makes our products "rugged“?

Our keyboards and trackballs are waterproof, dustproof and we have several MIL-spec certifications. When we develop a new product, we promise long time availability, which is an important term in the word “rugged”. 

military keyboard

Specific features

  • MIL-STD-461F,  DO160F or  MIL-STD-810E (as applicable)
  • Unique IP68 solutions
  • LED Backlit keyboards with fiber optics, dimmable
  • Night Vision compatible backlighting NVIS
  • Extended temperature and humidity tests
  • Maintenance free products
  • Certificate of Conformity fully compliant with IEC 60945
  • Smooth operation in rugged environments
  • High level of corrosion resistance
  • High impact resistance
  • IP68 scroll wheel solutions
  • COTS solutions possible
  • Custom designs, even for low quantities

    Check our rugged keyboards & trackballs

    Rugged keyboards & trackballs suited for military use.

    rugged military keyboard

    The "standard" rugged keyboardrange

    The military market started with the production of the F-range MIL spec trackballs and in doing quite some projects with these trackballs we noticed that the customer also needed a keyboard with similar requirements, so we decided to make a standard range called MKB104.

    MKB104 keyboard range

    The range is fully tested to MIL STD 461 and MIL STD 810 and DO-160. We have a panel mount and desktop version available.

    milspec keyboard amphenol connector

    What is special about this rugged keyboard ?

    It uses a fully machined aluminium enclosure and carrier plate.

    There is an EMC can on the backside for improved EMC behaviour.

    All metal components have a Surtec 650 coating for an improved corrosion and scratch resistance.

    The keyboards are equipped with an Amphenol connector (as a standard).

    The switch we are using for this military keyboard has a unique combination. It's a full travel switch and it has a long durability: a lifetime of over 10 million actuations.

    It feels like a normal keyboard and furthermore it can be backlit (NVIS compatible) and is waterproof.

    mil spec keyboard with trackball

    Customized MIL-SPEC keyboard with trackball

    Night vision compatible backlighting NVIS on keyboards

    rugged keyboard with EMC can

    EMC can on backside

    MKB104 keyboard with rugged E38 trackball 

    Rugged military trackball

    Rugged MIL standard trackballs

    F-range military trackballs

    MIL-STD-461F, DO160F and MIL-STD-810E trackballs

    MIL-standard possibilities 

    • DO-160 

    • DO-810

    • 461E & 461F 

    • RE102 

    • CE102 

    • RTCA-DO160D 

    • MIL-STD-810E 

    • MIL-STD-461G 

    • RTCA-DO160G

    • CE101 

    • CE102
    • RE101
    • RE102 
    • RS101 
    • RS103 
    • CS101 
    • CS114 
    • CS115 
    • CS116 

    Typical applications

    • Military – naval
    • Military vehicles
    • Radar Tracking Systems

    Customized rugged keyboards & trackballs

    NSI is specialized in adapting keyboards and trackballs to your needs. 

    Contact us for any further question or pricing

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