Finger Operated Joysticks offer CANbus and CANopen options.

Press Release Summary:

Featuring contactless Hall effect sensing, HF Series is available with up to 3 proportional axis and 2 momentary pushbuttons. IP67-rated units measure just 40 mm below panel, making them suitable for vehicles where ergonomics and operator comfort are paramount. Available with up to 4 default addresses, CANbus J1939 option may be specified with Baud rate of 125 kbit/s, 250 kbit/s, 500 kbit/s, or 1 Mbit/s and cycle time of either 50 ms or 15 ms.

Original Press Release:

APEM, Inc. Introduces Canbus Interfaces for HF Series Finger Operated Joysticks

New CANbus J1939 and CANopen options allow for easy integration into vehicle electronic systems.

Vista, California – APEM, Inc. introduces CANbus J1939 and CANopen interfaces for the finger operated HF series joystick. The HF Series features contactless Hall effect sensing to provide long life proportional control for over five million lifecycles.  It is available with up to three proportional axis and two momentary pushbuttons and has been rated for an environmental protection level of IP67.  Featuring a compact body and measuring only 40mm below panel, the HF Series requires minimal console space making it ideal for vehicles applications where ergonomics and operator comfort are paramount.

The HF series’ CANbus J1939 option may be specified with a Baud rate of 125kbit/s, 250kbit/s, 500kbit/s, 1Mbit/s and a cycle time of either 50ms or 15ms.  The J1939 option is available with up to four default addresses.  A change on the termination end allows users to change the device IDs, allowing the use of up to four joysticks on the same BUS.  Additional joystick addresses may be specified during the product configuration.  CANbus J1939-71 is industry standard that is also available for the HF series joystick.

CANopen is a flexible protocol that provides increased functionality and is gaining wide acceptance in vehicle applications. 

The HF Series CANbus option accommodates a 9 to 35VDC power supply and will operate between -40 to +85C.  It has been qualified per EMC Standards, EN61000-6-3:200, EN61000-4-3 Extended and ESD:  EN61000-4-2.

Contact:  APEM, Inc. for more information:  Tel: (877) 246-7890, Email:

About APEM, Inc.
For over 60 years, APEM has been a leading manufacturer of high quality miniature and industrial switches, offering one of the broadest ranges of products in the industry.  APEM’s portfolio, comprised of an expanding range of MMI interface products, includes switches, joysticks, indicators and keypads.  

APEM is a vertically integrated manufacturer with a strong commitment to maintaining its exceptionally high standards in safety, service and reliability, while continuing its emphasis on innovation and product development.  For more information about APEM, Inc.’s product line, please visit the company’s website at
CH Products and MEC Switches are trade names of APEM, Inc.

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