Autonnic's New Versabuds - Through Surface Controls - November 03, 2010
Autonnic launches it's new through surface controls, Versabuds, at METS in Amsterdam on stand number 03.101.
Versabuds are a range of controls developed by Autonnic Research that operate through surfaces using specialist fluxgate technology. No holes are required as a ‘Bud’ is simply bonded to a surface and a detector placed on the reverse side of the panel.
Capable of working through substrates up to 12mm, Versabuds have been designed to replicate the action of a potentiometer or rotary switch. Further versions will be also be available in place of conventional rocker switches, push button devices, sliding controls or joysticks.
Any standard knob can be attached to a rotary Bud, making it easy to adapt to a customers’ own style. Versabuds enable great flexibility in layout and location of controls. Any number of buds can be located in one area, without magnetic interference, spaced as close as 42mm apart.
Image shows illustration of Versabuds elements.
Versabuds utilise a highly developed form of fluxgate derived technology, enabling remote actuation of electronic devices without the need for direct electrical connection. The obvious benefit of this technology is the absence of powered electrical circuits at the user interface and the elimination of through panel holes.
In a marine environment, the prevention of corrosion of electrical components is a prime advantage as leakage points are eliminated. Structural integrity is also maintained, as there is no weakness caused by holes from conventional switches.
METS is the world’s largest trade exhibition of equipment, materials and systems for the international marine leisure industry organised by Amsterdam RAI in association with the International Council of Marine Industry Associations.