Thumbstick Actuators offer soft touch elastomer handle options.

Press Release Summary:

TS series Thumbstick is available with 3 thermoplastic elastomer handle options; actuators may be specified as Option B (Castle), Option C (Winged Hat), and Option D (Conical). Resilient to water, dust, oils, and UV, handles provide soft, non-slip tactile feel and are suited for applications subject to prolong use. Products can be specified as single- or dual-axis joystick, and contactless Hall effect sensing provides extended life proportional control up to one million lifecycles.

Original Press Release:

TS Series Now Available with Soft Touch Elastomer Handles

New over mold handles provide non-slip and comfortable actuation.

Vista, California – APEM, Inc. launches three new soft touch elastomer handle options for the TS series Thumbstick.  Similar in size and operation to “gamepad” controls, the TS series Thumbstick is ideally suited for military robotics, material handling and UGV operator control units.

Further expanding upon APEM, Inc.’s fastest growing product line, three new elastomer actuators are now available for the TS series Thumbstick. They may be specified as the Option B “Castle”, Option C “Winged Hat” and Option D “Conical” from the “Option Selection” guide. Constructed from high-grade thermoplastic elastomer, the Option B, C and D handles are resilient to water, dust, oils and UV. Providing a soft, non-slip tactile feel, the new handles are ideally suited for applications subject to prolong use.

Inside its sleek miniature package, the TS series features contactless Hall effect sensing to provide long life proportional control up to one million lifecycles. It can be specified as a single or dual axis joystick and is available with a range of user-specified features.  The TS series provides full EMC protection; including EMI, RFI and magnetic field. The TS series may be rear or drop-in panel mounted and is environmentally sealed up to IP69K.


APEM, Inc. for more information: 

(760) 598-2518

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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