CIRM - Our contribution to the newsletter of July 2022
We are a proud member of CIRM (Comité International Radio-Maritime - The International Association for Marine Electronics Companies). Last friday the summer newsletter was sent and we had the opportunity to make our contribution with an article about NSI. We want to give you the chance to read this article too, so we are posting it on our own blog: The most demanding jobs ask for the most reliable solutions.Let’s take a deep dive into the world of maritime keyboards, pointing devices and control panels.. Requirements for maritime applications are demanding. More and more regulations are coming, mandatory tests and certifications are indispensable, and in the maritime world, all components simply have to meet the highest standards. Parts must be protected against water, dust, dirt, oil and even chemicals. Therefore a deep technical knowledge is needed to find the right solutions for operations in challenging conditions. These requirements also apply for keyboards, trackballs and control panels. Therefore, our company NSI has fully committed itself to meet the highest level of control, accuracy and quality in this niche market. Since 1988 NSI provides reliable solutions for the demanding applications in various industries. One of our largest markets is the maritime and marine sector. With more than 30 years of experience you can say we are a reliable supplier of all kinds of input devices. Input devices can be understood as various products: keyboards, trackballs, joysticks, touchpads, control panels, radar & ECDIS control panels and more. NSI is a Belgian based company and, together with the UK company Cursor Controls, part of the discoverIE Group plc. We offer the most extended range of maritime keyboard and trackball solutions with IEC60945 certification in the world! This large standard product range is a big advantage, but we really make a difference with flexible custom solutions and personalized products. Even for smaller quantities. Do you know that NSI and Cursor Controls are the only companies offering IP68 fully waterproof trackballs? This patented design has already proven a huge difference in various maritime applications. Furthermore the development of custom and standard IP68 trackballs and scroll wheels is constantly being improved. Through the years, our reputation for quality has ensured that we have collaborated with some of the most visible names in maritime technology. You can see the usage of the NSI products in various applications: from yachts till submarines and from workboats till navy ships or cruise vessels. NSI stands for high quality technical solutions. Therefore we are proud to state our development of the GEN4 keyboard controller based on Cypress Infineon PSoC 4. For this USB keyboard controller full developments has been done in-house. This enables us to offer the greatest possible flexibility towards customer solutions. These are including: Large Switch matrix support;. Multiple key-technology;. Easy connection and processing of up to 7 bidirectional rotary encoders;. Led backlight control at individual key level;. Flexible trackball integration;. In-field reprogramming support via integrated boot loader.. At NSI we also offer a full service regarding testing and certification for IEC60945 / IACS E10 and MIL Standards like MIL-STD-810 and MIL-STD-461. All the tests are exclusively done in collaboration with accredited test houses. In this way we unburdens our customers for the tests and certifications and assures them to deliver certified products. Furthermore NSI has an ‘open certificate’ for light customization for most of their standard products. This means that small changes, like another country layout, backlight change or adding a logo can be made without having to reapply for certification. Maybe a small change already might be the perfect solution for you? To this we can add that our company has all necessary mechanical and electrical design facilities available in order to meet specific customer requirements. This enables us to offer custom made products, for example: - Personalized sealed keyboard, branded with a logo;- Special shape or output;- A pointing device that fits perfectly into your own console, withstanding extreme temperatures;- Special requirements or a certification for certain applications or markets;- Or a complete custom made control panel. Our dedicated team of development engineers like to be challenged and the goals is always to deliver high quality custom products that meet all requirements. NSI regards close cooperation with their customers throughout the entire design and production process as the key point to a successful partnership and perfect solution. We can conclude that through these many years of experience, our high quality product solutions, the wide products range and the possibility for customization, we can fulfil our role as a trustworthy supplier in the maritime market.. Keyboards & pointing devicesfor the most demanding jobs.
Rebranding of NSI's logo and corporate identity
Rebranding of NSI's logo and corporate identity. NSI's original logo was created by a Brussels artist when the company was founded in 1988. Since then, we have proudly used this composition for more than 30 years. Our logo is now well known in the sector and still represents solidity and confidence. We love our logo, we love our brand, but we are also moving forward! So it was time to modernise our logo. This spring, our internal marketing manager renewed the existing NSI logo while maintaining and respecting the historic fundamentals of NSI. The following changes were made: The composition of NSI is slightly repositioned so that the dimensions are completely correct.. Our main product categories "keyboards & pointing devices" has been added to the logo.. Our tagline "for the most demanding jobs" has been added to the logo. This confirms our values of providing high quality products in various sectors with high requirements.. The logo was modernised by using a sleek font.. The colours were adjusted and fixed. The orange accent colour gives an extra fresh and modern look to NSI.. With the renewal of the logo, we give our appearance a new boost, without detracting from our history. If you would like to use our new logo and colours, you can download them from our download center.
We will meet again ! We are proud to participate at folllowing exhibitions in 2022. This is where we will show you our latest products & innovations. SMM Hamburg, Germany 6 - 9 september 2022 Stand B6.519 Euronaval, Paris, France 18 - 21 October 2022 Booth Nr. to be confirmed
NSI moved to a new location
It has happened ! Coffee machine installed, computers connected ! Not all boxes have been unpacked but production is up and running at full speed and ready to start shipping your orders. Even in these strange times we have been growing our operations and require more warehouse space to expand our business.Our new address is : NSI bvKapittelstraat 18B-3740 BilzenBelgium Our other contact information (email, telephone, bank data) will remain the same.Interested to see how we managed to pull this off in just 3 days? Click on the short video here below.
6 inch touchpads with 8 shortcut keys
NSI and Cursor Controls announce a new range of advanced touchpad solutions. These touchpads provide smooth and precise cursor control using the latest and most advanced touch sensing technology. When installed, the design allows for easy cleaning, decontamination, and maintenance, ensuring continued optimum performance and operation under the harshest of conditions. Fully customisable functionality and gesture mappings, layout, size and appearance – including custom branding options. Tolerant to moisture, water and liquid contaminants . Solid state sensing technology - no moving parts. Haptic and audible feedback - function specific . Multi-finger gesture support . IP65 sealing. Standard 6" touchpads with 8 shortcut keys We can offer 2 standard, readily available, 6 inch touchpad versions with 8 shortcut keys, USB output and a glass overlay. 8 shortcut keys are located at the top of the touchpad module. These utilise capacitive touch sensing technology and incorporate frequently used functions such as Cut, Copy & Paste, cursor resolution adjustment etc., as well as a panel lock feature to facilitate cleaning/decontamination of the device.
NSI designs marine keyboard for ChartWorld
ChartWorld, a world leader in marine navigation systems, was looking for a manufacturer to produce a premium keyboard that could offer extra functionalities to their clients. The keyboard had to be waterproof, backlit, and have an IEC 60945 certification. By personalizing one of our (premium quality) standard marine keyboards we could create a product that directly fitted all the needs of ChartWorld. We added specific labels to the keys, the ChartWorld logo and a custom frame. Our IEC 60945 certified keyboards offer flexibility within the certification.
Corona COVID-19 precautions
A message from NSI bvba regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) As always at NSI, supporting our customers, employees and partners remains our absolute highest priority and we would like to reassure you that we are fully committed to doing all that we can to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak and any disruption to our operations. We have already taken a number of steps to reduce risk throughout each aspect of our operations including the establishment of a Group Coronavirus Taskforce which meets daily to monitor the very fluid global picture, review all latest Governmental and WHO advice and guidelines, and implement a proportionate and appropriate action plan to mitigate risk. Steps implemented over the preceding weeks have included: A halting of all overseas business travel and non-essential local travel – replacing face to face meetings with online meetings and conference calls. A pre-emptive review of planned external party visitors to our facility with a postponement wherever possible. Provision of anti-bacterial gel and cleaning agents.. Increased frequency site cleaning. An increase in working from home where appropriate. Regular Coronavirus information bulletins posted to all notice boards in support of staff briefings on the latest guidance and precautions to be taken. Reduction of internal face to face meetings and an increase in social distancing. Increasing stock holdings of any items identified as ‘high risk’ and a continual monitoring of the NSI supply chain by the team to ensure early identification of potential issues and allow for actions to be taken.. Our production remains operational, following the governmental announced safety precautions, and we do not anticipate delivery issues in short term due to the Corona Covid-19 virus. Our customers will be informed on an individual base if orders should become delayed. Should you have any questions or require further information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your regular contact and they will be happy to assist. From all of us at NSI we thank you for your continued support and would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone the best of health. Best regards, Freddy Caubergh Managing Director
IEC 60945 marine certified silicone keyboard with ergonomic trackball
NSI proudly presents a new range of IEC60945 certified keyboards : the “RKTE85” series is highly suited for marine environments thanks to its robustness and ease of maintenance. They feature a compact rubber silicone keyboard and integrated ergonomic 38 mm trackball with hall-effect scroll wheel. They all have recently been certified to IEC60945 fourth edition; this is required for use with ECDIS & Radar systems. The backlit keys warrant for optimized performance while working in low-light environments. The key legends are backlit using high brightness LEDS. Using low power LED's assures an extended life time for the backlighting. An external power supply is not necessary; the power from the USB keyboard port being sufficient. A non-backlit version is also available. This series is offered as enclosed version with robust ABS enclosure or as panel mount version. Options include NVIS compatible backlighting and custom dimming settings. Customization is possible without having to reapply for certification. F.i. adapted backlighting controls, addition of company logo or specific function keys, different layouts, different colour, … See detailed product page
Make operators' life easy - use keyboards. NSI launched their "Food keyboards", specifically adapted to the harsh conditions in food processing industry. The combination of cold environment and hot cleaning water/damp creates one of the most challenging environments for electronic HMI devices. Touchscreen might seem like the perfect solution, but has its limits towards ergonomics and usability. CASE STORY - INDUSTRIAL KEYBOARDS FOR THE FOOD INDUSTRY When Puratos, one of the biggest food ingredient suppliers in the world, modernized its machinery, Hygienic designed touchscreen displays, integrated with the company’s computer systems, were installed. This seemed like the perfect solution, given the hygienic requirements and harsh conditions within the production area. These multi-touch screens have a few downsides though. It is a lot more ergonomic and comfortable for operators to work with a keyboard and mouse/trackball when entering large amounts of data. Furthermore, when the touch functionality does not fully work (due to pollution, malfunction, gloves,…) the operator station may go out of service. Puratos began looking for a custom solution and landed on the NSI food keyboards. Because the touchpanels could be mounted in several ways, Puratos needed a custom solution to fit the keyboards onto its panel computers. NSI designed a frame that attached directly to the existing infrastructure, in every possible mounting form. The foldable design and adjustable angle of the frame provided an ergonomic advantage for the Puratos team. Even when the type of panels changes, NSI can quickly adapt the frame without high costs or efforts. Steven Batselier - Automation Manager Puratos N.V. “We wanted to make life easier for our operators by installing keyboards next to our existing displays. Finding products that fit the hygienic needs within the food industry wasn’t easy. Finding the right mounting onto our panels was even a lot more difficult. But when we landed on the NSI website we found what we were looking for. They really made a difference by designing a custom-made frame to mount the keyboards on our existing displays. It was tested thoroughly in our facilities to make sure both the frame and the keyboards met our standards. Everything was installed and delivered within two days after testing. NSI offered great service.” . Contact our specialists for advice. .
NSI joined the DiscoverIE Group plc
Following the acquisition of the parent company, NSI are delighted to announce that they have joined the discoverIE Group of companies. This exciting step leaves NSI perfectly placed to continue driving forward with our growth and development strategies, allowing us to further enhance the industry leading technology and support we provide to our valued global customers and partners. NSI will operate within discoverIE’s Design & Manufacturing division – a group of 13 businesses, all sharing a strong focus on providing leading edge, customer-specific electric & electronic components and solutions in B2B markets. For more information on the discoverIE Group plc, please see the below video or visit www.discoverIEplc.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iV2UH_oknQI&t=6s
Silicone rubber keyboards with ergonomic trackball
This 85 key keyboard features a compact rubber keyboard with integrated waterproof ergonomic trackball. The backlit keys warrant for optimized performance while working in low-light environments. Panel mount and desktop version available. For more information, see the productpage