NKK Launches Online Legend Maker Tool for Design Engineers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Sept. 7, 2006) - NKK Switches, an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of electromechanical switches, now offers the Legend Maker, an online tool created specifically to aid design engineers in panel design. The Legend Maker is an industry first and is available at nkkswitches.com/legendmaker.

The Legend Maker, offered exclusively by NKK, speeds the design process and enables engineers faced with incorporating human interface into the design of state-of-the-art products to customize switches and develop unique legend designs online. The Legend Maker is a simple online CAD tool that takes engineers step-by-step through the creation and specification process and allows engineers the convenience of immediately proofing their legends.

Beginning with switch, cap type, print surface, orientation, color and print method selection, the Legend Maker effortlessly guides the user through the process. NKK offers screen printing, pad printing and laser etching/engraving options. In addition, NKK's wide array of cap designs allow engineers to mark the legend on the exterior of a cap, interior of a cap, or even to specify a three-piece cap assembly featuring the legend marked on the center filter.

Where the Legend Maker significantly reduces design time is in the final step of legend selection. The user is prompted to input his own characters and text, font style and font size, or select from numerous images provided by NKK. For text legends, the user can select font styles and font sizes. Upon inputting the legend graphics, the user is immediately presented with a proof of the legend that includes the exact specifications input into the Legend Maker. After ensuring that the legend meets expectations, the final step is a simple click of a button to submit the legend to NKK.

Prior to the Legend Maker, NKK used downloadable legend packets to guide engineers through the process. Legend packets are still available by request directly from NKK or can be downloaded from www.nkkswitches.com.

A leading designer and producer of electromechanical switches, NKK Switches offers one of the industry's most extensive selections of illuminated, process sealed, miniature, specialty and surface mount switches. The company manufactures more than four million toggle, rocker, pushbutton, slide, rotary and DIP rotary, keypad and keylock switches. NKK Switches maintains a complete network of qualified representatives and distributors through the United States, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia.

NKK Switches is keenly aware of the myriad of issues that are covered under the RoHS directive. With more than 50 years of experience in the switch industry and as an environmentally-conscious company, NKK is committed to not only providing high quality products and services, but also providing environmentally safe products for its valued customers. NKK continues to lead the industry in responding to the needs of the marketplace with innovation, high reliability and a commitment to excellence.

For more information, contact NKK Switches, 7850 E. Gelding Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Phone 480-991-0942. Fax 480-998-1435. Or visit the NKK Switches Web site at www.nkkswitches.com.

For more information contact:
Bob Wanless (NKK Switches) 480-991-0942

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