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RAFI joins United Nations Global Compact

As part of its corporate strategy to achieve sustainable, resource-saving and climate-friendly growth, RAFI GmbH & Co. KG has joined the UN Global Compact.

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As part of its corporate strategy to achieve sustainable, resource-saving and climate-friendly growth, RAFI GmbH & Co. KG has joined the UN Global Compact. This participation by the German parent company is a further step in the alignment of its corporate development with the UN Sustainable Development Goals for safeguarding human rights, promoting fair labor conditions, protecting the environment, and eliminating corruption. By joining the German network, RAFI has committed to complying with these UN criteria and transparently documenting and publishing its progress in annual reports. “Having signed the UN Global Compact, we can leverage the contacts and experience of the network to implement our sustainability goals even more efficiently,” explains Dr. Lothar Seybold, RAFI’s CEO. This move underlines the commitment of the globally operating supplier of solutions for control systems and human-machine interaction to corporate development in line with ecological and social values. Its current sustainability projects include the expansion of renewable energy generation via photovoltaic and cogeneration systems as well as a modernization drive that will improve the energy efficiency of its German plants. The buildings are successively being fitted with new, eco-friendly roofs, facades, and glazing. Furthermore, RAFI is highly invested in vocational and further training, contributes to regional charities, and supports social commitment of its employees. The company has won several awards for its activities in sustainability and social responsibility, and in 2023 received the EcoVadis medal in Silver.

date: 2024-03-06 | characters: 1623 | download: document, picture 1

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Modular armrest control system in twelve configuration levels

RAFI has developed a multifunction armrest control system for the new tractor generation from agricultural machinery manufacturer Massey Ferguson, a member of the ACGO Group.

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RAFI has developed a multifunction armrest control system for the new tractor generation from agricultural machinery manufacturer Massey Ferguson, a member of the ACGO Group. The scalable solution is available in a wide range of variants so that customers can choose between twelve configuration levels with different function ranges and joystick features. To achieve this high degree of customization, RAFI designed around 80 new injection molding tools and set up a production line with a new assembly process. In the one-piece-flow process, one assembly worker assembles the entire armrest along all stations, supported by visual instructions and pick-by-light technology. All the components and work steps can be seamlessly tracked. RAFI manufactures the armrests almost exclusively using in-house developed technologies, product groups, and its own production processes. The armrest system was developed in accordance with DIN EN ISO 25119 – AgPL c. Safety-critical operating elements for the vehicle and hydraulic control system feature a redundantly designed hardware as well as diagnosis-capable software to reliably maintain error-free functionality. The up to four integrated joystick variants are based on different JOYSCAPE technology platforms developed by the HMI expert. Contactless, wear-free Hall sensors take care of motion detection. They have an operating life of at least five million actuation cycles. Integrated shield plates protect the sensors against any influence from external magnetic fields. Innovative single-axis linear joysticks with latching function are available for the control of additional hydraulic functions. The silicone keypads contain RAFI MICON 5 tactile switches. Arranged in an ultra-compact row of pushbuttons, they deliver distinct tactile feedback. High-quality gold contacts ensure permanent switching reliability. For safety-critical functions, RAFI uses its fail-safe, redundantly designed MICON 5 Safety micro-switches.

date: 2023-11-28 | characters: 2128 | download: document, picture 1

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RAFI: Innovative control concepts at the SPS

RAFI will present a selection of its extensive product portfolio at this year’s SPS in Nuremberg from November 14 to 16. At its booth in Hall 8/128, the manufacturer will display not only a wide range of electromechanical actuators, but also haptic input solutions for touchscreen operation.

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RAFI, one of the world’s leading suppliers of solutions for human-machine communication, will present a selection of its extensive product portfolio at this year’s SPS in Nuremberg from November 14 to 16. At its booth in Hall 8/128, the manufacturer will display not only a wide range of electromechanical actuators, but also haptic input solutions for touchscreen operation. The pushbuttons, rotary/push encoders and finger wheels from the FLEXSCAPE series are mounted on closed touchscreens without any need for cut-outs or holes. They enable tactile operation with haptic feedback and reliable finger guidance. Another RAFI focus at the SPS is the KIS.ME Plug&Play system for easy digital WLAN connection of previously unconnected work, logistics, and production areas. The KIS.ME hardware consists of control boxes with two illuminated pushbuttons which can be legended, as well as RGB signal lamps. The KIS devices are set up via the KIS.MANAGER web platform. They are individually configured by applying simple logical rules to trigger external events such as color states of the signal lamps or actively switched outputs from the control boxes. A virtual dashboard displays key figures and performance indicators. All connected KIS devices can be mapped as digital twins on a shopfloor plan and controlled via their digital equivalents. The third RAFI focus at the trade show is the company’s comprehensive electronic engineering and manufacturing services. As one of Germany’s ten largest E˛MS suppliers, RAFI covers the entire contract production process – starting with material procurement, through PCB assembly, creation and implementation of test concepts, right up to logistics and life-cycle services. The RAFI team of experts is looking forward to welcoming lots of trade visitors to its SPS booth in Hall 8/128.

date: 2023-10-26 | characters: 1980 | download: document, picture 1

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Agritechnica: Versatile touch control solutions from RAFI

At the Agritechnica 2023 in Hanover from November 12 to 18, RAFI will highlight new developments and innovative solutions for the effective control of agricultural machinery and vehicles. The company will present its product and service portfolio on Stand D27 in Hall 17.

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At the Agritechnica 2023 in Hanover from November 12 to 18, RAFI will highlight new developments and innovative solutions for the effective control of agricultural machinery and vehicles. The company will present its product and service portfolio on Stand D27 in Hall 17. There will be a particular focus on RAFI’s state-of-the-art, rugged GLASSCAPE control systems. The capacitive touchscreens come with impact-resistant glass panels, high protection ratings up to IP68, and finely-tuned sensors. The glass sensors can also be used with gloves, and special filter algorithms prevent false actuation triggered by accidental touch. The optical bonding used in these systems guarantees optimal display quality and legibility even in difficult light conditions such as direct sunlight. Even without visual contact, operators of mobile machinery and vehicles can rely on tactile feedback and precise finger guidance that allow them to fully concentrate on their surroundings. Haptic elements from the FLEXSCAPE series – pushbuttons, rotary/push encoders, and finger wheels – are mounted on the touchscreens without any need for cut-outs or holes. This creates adaptive operating systems with perfect functionality, and the display surface remains fully stable and tight. Displays with TWIN TOUCH technology combine touch and force sensitivity. Manufacturers can define the specific pressures required to actuate the various operating elements. This combination makes it possible to implement a functionally reliable touchscreen up to AgPL d. The HAPTIC TOUCH system provides a parameterizable force feedback for accurate conveyance of the tactile specifics of all tactile switches, sliders, and other input elements. RAFI can also customize these systems with a wide range of FLEXSCAPE actuators. The RAFI trade show crew is looking forward to exciting talks and expert discussions during the event.

date: 2023-10-24 | characters: 1896 | download: document, picture 1

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RAFI gains sustainability certification

Appraisal agency EcoVadis has awarded the RAFI Group a distinction in recognition of its sustainability and social responsibility (CSR) programs. The HMI solution provider has received the silver medal from the globally operating ratings platform.

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Appraisal agency EcoVadis has awarded the RAFI Group a distinction in recognition of its sustainability and social responsibility (CSR) programs. The HMI solution provider has received the silver medal from the globally operating ratings platform. This puts RAFI in the top quarter of most sustainable companies according to the EcoVadis enterprise evaluation table. The relevant parameters are: environmental protection, corporate ethics, procurement, and labor and human rights. Throughout the group, RAFI strives for sustainable development and continuous improvement. Included here are the use of renewable energies in production, local procurement of raw materials as far as possible, resource-saving manufacturing, and proactive obsolescence management. The last point ensures customers can count on the long-term availability of reliable electronic products. Other factors praised by Ecovadis are for example good in-house further training opportunities and working conditions at RAFI.
With a number of major projects, RAFI is currently driving further sustainable company development. The group is investing a sum in the high two-digit millions in a renovation and energy-saving modernization project at the corporate headquarters in Berg. It is successively upgrading the business premises with new, climate-friendly roofs, façades, and glazing. Construction started in April on a new factory in Bad Waldsee, which will excel with energy-efficient, low-consumption building infrastructure. As a holder of the EcoVadis medal, RAFI has successfully passed the rating agency’s evaluation process, proving that it operates an effective management system with a focus on sustainability. The award also confirms that RAFI meets the licensing and approval criteria relevant for the industry. EcoVadis has performed over 1.6 m sustainability assessments to date and supports more than 100,000 companies worldwide with the evaluation and achievement of their sustainability, ESG, and compliance goals.
More information about sustainability at RAFI: https://www.rafi-group.com/en/company-career/sustainability/

date: 2023-08-09 | characters: 2000 | download: document, picture 1, picture 2

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MICON 5 SL: Tactile switches for high stresses

RAFI’s new MICON 5 SL series consists of extremely long-life versions of its practice-proven MICON 5 program. With an operating life of up to ten million actuation cycles, MICON 5 SL (Sealed & extended Lifetime) solutions are designed for joysticks and other control devices subject to high stress.

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RAFI’s new MICON 5 SL series consists of extremely long-life versions of its practice-proven MICON 5 program. With an operating life of up to ten million actuation cycles, MICON 5 SL (Sealed & extended Lifetime) solutions are designed for joysticks and other control devices subject to high stress. High-quality gold contacts and housing dimensions of just 5.1 mm x 6.4 mm x 3.85 mm (LxWxH) ensure extremely reliable switching with minimal space requirement. MICON 5 SL key switches are available with SMT and for operating forces of 2.9 N and 5 N. Other salient features of the new Sealed & extended Lifetime versions are a temperature resistance of -40°C to +125°C and IP67 degree of protection, which makes them ideal for casting, painting, and nanocoating. An extensive accessory range offers compatible plungers, keycaps, and illumination solutions for every use case.

date: 2023-07-25 | characters: 876 | download: document, picture 1

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HMI specialist RAFI acquires Xymox Technologies Inc.

Xymox enhances design, engineering and production capabilities
RAFI dramatically expands presence within North America

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To strengthen its market presence in the USA and accelerate its global growth strategy, RAFI Group, one of the leading suppliers of electromechanical components, electronic assemblies, and systems for human-machine communication, acquired the U.S. company, Xymox Technologies, based in Milwaukee, WI. Xymox Technologies, Inc. has over 40 years of experience developing and manufacturing capacitive sensors and membrane switches of the highest quality, with a broad customer portfolio that is compatible with RAFI, and a nationwide sales force. „Combining RAFI’s product and technology know-how with Xymox Technologies‘ competencies and structures, results in a powerful entity in the American market that will further drive our growth strategy.“ comments Dr. Lothar Seybold, CEO of the RAFI Group on the acquisition. RAFI recorded strong growth in the development and manufacture of complex customer-specific operating systems for human-machine communication in recent years and aims to further expand its position as an innovation leader in this sector globally. In this context, the markets in Asia and North America are the main strategic focus. Bob Hartline, CEO of Xymox Technologies, added, “Innovation. Integrity. Service. Results. This is the Xymox culture, and this is the RAFI culture. This merger will help us better serve our customers with the latest HMI technology and global manufacturing capabilities while providing an environment for our employees to grow. It is a perfect match.” „With Xymox, we have succeeded in acquiring a company that is an ideal fit for the RAFI family.“ Lothar Arnold, CFO of the RAFI Group, elaborates. „Xymox has built an excellent reputation in the U.S. in the field of human-machine communication, as a company with great technological expertise, reliable products and a deep understanding of its customers‘ needs.“ The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial terms of the transaction.

date: 2023-07-12 | characters: 1937 | download: document, picture 1

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XTREME-ECU – the latest control unit for RAFI control systems with x86 technology

With its GLASSCAPE range of touchscreens and control panels, the RAFI Group is a leading manufacturer of customer-specific touch control systems for industrial applications. The HMI specialist manufactures all the embedded control units (ECU) for its solutions in-house.

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With its GLASSCAPE range of touchscreens and control panels, the RAFI Group is a leading manufacturer of customer-specific touch control systems for industrial applications. The HMI specialist manufactures all the embedded control units (ECU) for its solutions in-house. This guarantees short development times and an optimal cost-benefit ratio at every stage. The program, which RAFI continually further develops, previously offered a choice of four ECU platforms in increasing performance classes from ECO-ECU (Cortex M0/M4), BALANCE-ECU (i.MX6SX), POWER-ECU (i.MX6Dual/Quad) to ULTIMATE-ECU (i.MX8Quad). Now the HMI specialist has completed the range with the high-performance XTREME-ECU, which uses the x86-based “Elkhart Lake” platform with a processor from Intel’s Atom-x6000E line. The chip architecture optimized for industrial applications comes with a wide range of advantages. They include low power consumption that enables fan-less operation, a wider temperature range of -40°C to +85°C, and support of standard operating systems such as Linux and Windows. As a result, XTREME-ECU significantly reduces the outlay for application-oriented software implementation compared to previous ARM-based ECU versions. What’s more, HTML5 applications also run smoothly on the system. XTREME-ECU is available as a SMARC plug-in module. This means that for the first time device manufacturers can offer their products as x86 systems for industrial applications with fan-less design and long-term availability.

date: 2023-06-28 | characters: 1509 | download: document, picture 1

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RAFI presents new Polish distribution partner

To drive its further expansion in the Eastern European economic area, HMI expert RAFI signed a contract with DACPOL in April 2023, making it the company’s new distribution partner for the Polish market.

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To drive its further expansion in the Eastern European economic area, HMI expert RAFI signed a contract with DACPOL in April 2023, making it the company’s new distribution partner for the Polish market. Founded in 1992 in Piaseczno near Warsaw, the company specializes in selling electrical components for power electronics, process automation, and electrical and energy technology. DACPOL supplies customers in a wide range of industries with quality products from numerous leading producers. Its customers include manufacturers of drive units, welding machines, power supply devices, electrical equipment for traffic systems, vehicles, and consumer electronics – but also research institutes, service centers, and commercial companies. By adding RAFI products to its sales range, the distributor is expanding its portfolio and increasing the availability of high-end control components, actuators, and switching elements in the Polish region. The two companies made their first joint appearance in April at the Warsaw Pack international trade show for packaging technology and materials. Visitors were particularly interested in the RAFI actuators displayed for the first time on a new sample panel on the DACPOL stand.

date: 2023-06-14 | characters: 1221 | download: document, picture 1, picture 2

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MICON 5 S: New generation of tactile switches from RAFI

RAFI is replacing its practice-proven MICON 5 tactile switches with a new series. The MICON 5 S range is even more robust. The outer dimensions remain the same, at just 5.1 mm x 6.4 mm and an installation height of 3.85 mm. However, an optimized sealing system upgrades the new key switch generation to IP67 degree of protection.

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RAFI is replacing its practice-proven MICON 5 tactile switches with a new series. The MICON 5 S range is even more robust. The outer dimensions remain the same, at just 5.1 mm x 6.4 mm and an installation height of 3.85 mm. However, an optimized sealing system upgrades the new key switch generation to IP67 degree of protection. This makes the tactile switches also suitable for use on PCBs protected after assembly by casting, painting, and nanocoating. Other qualities that distinguish the new series from the MICON 5 are a maximum operating temperature that is 35°C higher and a temperature resistance of -40°C to +125°C. This meets current automotive industry standards. Just like in the predecessor range, high-quality gold contacts ensure permanent switching reliability. MICON 5 S is available in both SMT and THT types and in versions with operating forces from 1.5 N to 7 N. Depending on the operating force, the lifetime is up to one million actuation cycles. RAFI ensures functional reliability with 100-percent testing of the force-travel characteristic curves. For installation of the key switches under overlays, the extensive accessory range offers round and square plungers in various dimensions and illumination variants, indicator fields for ring lighting, and bezels in all basic colors.

date: 2023-06-07 | characters: 1308 | download: document, picture 1

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RAFI expands MICON 5 micro-switch series

With the MICON 5 S, MICON 5 SL, and MICON 5 SAFETY series, RAFI has launched a new generation of robust, ultra-small tactile switches.

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With the MICON 5 S, MICON 5 SL, and MICON 5 SAFETY series, RAFI has launched a new generation of robust, ultra-small tactile switches. The extremely compact micro-switches measure just 5.1 x 6.4 x 3.85 mm. Thanks to their optimized sealing system, they achieve IP67 degree of protection and can therefore be installed on PCBs protected by casting, painting, or nanocoating. The extreme temperature resistance from -40°C to +125°C meets current automotive industry standards. High-quality gold contacts ensure permanent switching reliability. The micro-switches are available for operating forces of 1.5 N to 8 N as well as in the extremely long-life MICON 5 SL version. With an operating life of up to ten million actuation cycles, the SL switches are designed for tough applications, e.g. in joysticks and other control devices subject to high stress. The third option in the range is an enhanced-safety version. With identical dimensions, the MICON 5 SAFETY series incorporates two potential-free, separate NC and NO contacts. Due to the two-channel contact system, these models are ideal for safety-critical applications that meet the functional safety requirements of IEC 61508, DIN EN ISO 13849, IEC 62061, IEC 60601, DIN EN ISO 25119, DIN EN 50128, or ISO 26262. Characteristic of all MICON 5 variants is their distinctive tactile feedback. The model series are available with SMT and in some versions THT. The media-resistant design makes them ideal for automated PCB assembly and sealing. There is also an extensive range of accessories with compatible plungers, keycaps, and illumination solutions for all use cases.

date: 2023-04-25 | characters: 1625 | download: document, picture 1

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RAFI Group invests in the future

RAFI is currently investing in two major projects: In April 2023, the company will begin construction of a new building in Bad Waldsee with infrastructure that is both energy-efficient and low-consumption. The new facility is a combined, state-of-the-art office and production building.

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RAFI is currently investing in two major projects: In April 2023, the company will begin construction of a new building in Bad Waldsee with infrastructure that is both energy-efficient and low-consumption. The new facility is a combined, state-of-the-art office and production building. It will house the operating equipment for plastics and automatic machine production, metal processing, tool and die making, and tool and die development. A number of classrooms and the facilities for basic training in metalwork will be combined into an impressive apprenticeship, teaching, and further training center. “These projects represent an investment in the sustained further growth of the entire RAFI Group,” explains Dr. Lothar Seybold, CEO of the RAFI Group. CFO Lothar Arnold adds: “The construction of a new production plant in Bad Waldsee is a clear statement of commitment to the region as a business location. It creates new, crisis-proof jobs here.”
The second major project is the revamp of the location in Berg. It was launched in 2022 and RAFI has now completed the first construction phase. As part of its growth strategy, RAFI is investing a sum in the high two-digit millions for the three-year renovation and energy-saving modernization project. It involves successively fitting the buildings with new, climate-friendly roofs, façades, and glazing. The physical effects are expected to deliver energy savings of up to 45% and a significant reduction in CO2 emissions of around 340 tons per year. The first construction phase for Building A has been successfully completed. Now the nine-story block has new external insulation plus a rear-ventilated façade made of certified recycled aluminum. From an energy standpoint, all components are designed for maximum reduction in CO2 emissions.

date: 2023-02-22 | characters: 1798 | download: document, picture 1, picture 2

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RACON ST: New generation of tactile switches from RAFI

RAFI’s tried-and-tested RACON 8 and RACON 12 S tactile switch series are now available in a temperature-optimized version intended for various PCB protection procedures.

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RAFI’s tried-and-tested RACON 8 and RACON 12 S tactile switch series are now available in a temperature-optimized version intended for various PCB protection procedures: Thanks to the additional sealing system, the new RACON ST tactile switch series (sealed & extended temperature range) is ideal for casting, lacquering and nanocoating of correspondingly equipped PCBs. In addition, RACON ST sets itself apart from conventional switches thanks to its 35°C higher maximum operating temperature and, with a temperature resistance of -40°C to +125°C, it also meets the current standards of the automotive industry. None of the usual RACON tactility is lost due to the extended durability features. Like the existing series of key switches, the ST switches have compact dimensions of 12 mm x 12 mm or 8.4 mm x 8.4 mm and are available in SMT or THT versions. High-quality gold contacts ensure permanent switching reliability. To meet the various demands of tactile feedback, the switches are available in types for operating forces of 2.5 N to 9.7 N. For applications underneath membranes, the range of accessories includes round or square plungers in twelve lengths ranging from 1.4 mm to 7.6 mm.

date: 2022-11-16 | characters: 1193 | download: document, picture 1

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MICON 5 SAFETY: Micro key switch with two-channel contact system

MICON 5 tactile switches from RAFI are now also available in a new MICON 5 SAFETY version with a two-channel contact system.

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MICON 5 tactile switches from RAFI are now also available in a new MICON 5 SAFETY version with a two-channel contact system. With a base of just 5.1 x 6.4 mm and a height of 3.85 mm, MICON 5 SAFETY key switches come in the same dimensions as MICON 5 key switches, but integrate two potential-free, separate NC and NO contacts. This means the micro key switches enable an especially cost-effective and space-saving design in applications that comply with functional safety standards such as DIN EN IEC 61508 (basic functional safety standard), DIN EN ISO 13849 (safety-related parts of control systems), DIN EN IEC 62061 (safety of control systems), DIN EN IEC 60601 (medical electrical equipment), DIN EN ISO 25119 (control systems for agricultural and forestry machines), DIN EN 50128 (rail applications), or ISO 26262 (road vehicles). Due to the optimized sealing system, MICON 5 SAFETY key switches comply with IP54 and/or IPx7 degrees of protection. With a temperature resistance of -40°C to +125°C, they also meet the current requirements of the automotive industry. For PCB assembly, the key switches feature SMT connection and are suitable for casting, painting, and nano-coating. Just like RAFI’s standard versions, MICON 5 SAFETY key switches feature a gold-contact system for reliable switching, excellent tactility, and a long operating life. The key switches are available for various operating forces and, depending on the version, they achieve up to one million operations. Thanks to the identical dimensions of the two ranges, the extensive MICON 5 accessory program of plungers and keycaps is equally suitable for MICON 5 SAFETY key switches.

date: 2022-10-26 | characters: 1658 | download: document, picture 1

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RAFI Electronics expands production capacities

Last December, the RAFI Group’s Chinese branch, RAFI Electronics, moved into its new production facility in Shanghai. In the new factory in Quingpu, RAFI Electronics has a production area of 7,800 m˛, of which 4,600 m˛ is a clean room area for the production of electronics using SMT and THT assembly.

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Last December, the RAFI Group’s Chinese branch, RAFI Electronics, moved into its new production facility in Shanghai. In the new factory in Quingpu, RAFI Electronics has a production area of 7,800 m˛, of which 4,600 m˛ is a clean room area for the production of electronics using SMT and THT assembly. The HMI specialist will use five SMT lines to produce mainly electronics for the medical technology, robotics, and automotive industries. The other 3,200 m˛ of production space is allocated to product assembly. With cutting-edge energy supply technology, RAFI Electronics also meets its green responsibilities: Installed on the roof is a solar power system with an area of 2,200 m2 and a capacity of 200 KVA. It powers a micro grid with an energy storage system.
On the opening date on December 22, 2021, Zhu Mingfu, Director of the Standing Committee of the People’s Congress of Qingpu District, visited the new factory and praised the sustainable development of the industrial park, which he called a win-win situation for all stakeholders. Thanks to the new factory, RAFI Electronics can not only considerably expand its production capacities, but also moves closer to the Asian markets. Simultaneously, RAFI customers in Europe and the USA benefit from the good price-performance ratio the manufacturer achieves by purchasing components in China. On this basis, RAFI with its production locations in Germany, Italy, Hungary, the USA, and China, can offer ideal solutions for every customer requirement.

date: 2022-02-16 | characters: 1508 | download: document, picture 1

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RAFI Hungaria turns 30

On the occasion of its 30th anniversary this year, RAFI Hungaria Kft. looks back on three decades of success. In 1991, RAFI founded RAFI-BBP in Mezotúr, Hungary, to expand its assembly capacities for electromechanical operating elements. Even in its first year, the number of employees increased from 5 to 21.

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On the occasion of its 30th anniversary this year, RAFI Hungaria Kft. looks back on three decades of success. In 1991, RAFI founded RAFI-BBP in Mezotúr, Hungary, to expand its assembly capacities for electromechanical operating elements. Even in its first year, the number of employees increased from 5 to 21. Starting in 1995, RAFI-BBP gradually expanded its activities to include the manufacture of electronic and opto-electronic assemblies. The company also introduced quality management in compliance with ISO 9002. After continuous expansion of the manufacturing facilities and soldering systems, the company also added assembly of electronics products for the automotive industry to its range. In 2000, a new production unit was built, doubling the operating area. At the same time, the company adopted a process-oriented QM system according to EN ISO 9001:2000. Over the following years, the company expanded its production capacities by installing new high-performance assembly lines for electronic assemblies as well as a third production unit with a total useful area of 2,200 m˛. It also introduced a quality management system for medical products that complies with ISO 13485. Today, RAFI Hungaria operates production areas totaling 7,760 m˛ and has more than 500 employees. There has always been a focus at the company on training and further training to ensure a qualified current and future workforce. This prompted it to join forces with local technical school Teleki Blanka to establish a highly practical training program for electronics technicians. Furthermore, RAFI Hungaria cooperates with the University of Debrecen in its dual-studies program by offering opportunities for works students.

date: 2021-12-15 | characters: 1712 | download: document, picture 1, picture 2

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BeeWaTec exclusive partner for KIS.ME since October

In October, RAFI and BeeWaTec agreed on a partnership for the sale of RAFI’s innovative KIS.ME communication and process control system. BeeWaTec is a solution provider for lean manufacturing, agile production and Industry 4.0. In the future, its customers will be able to directly order all KIS.M

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In October, RAFI and BeeWaTec agreed on a partnership for the sale of RAFI’s innovative KIS.ME communication and process control system. BeeWaTec is a solution provider for lean manufacturing, agile production and Industry 4.0. In the future, its customers will be able to directly order all KIS.ME hardware components and services, including application-specific system configuration, from BeeWaTec. KIS.ME stands for “Keep it simple. Manage everything”. The smart Plug&Play solution enables fast and easy digitalization of previously unconnected work, logistics, and production areas. The system is based on WLAN-capable control boxes and signal lamps with integrated I/Os which are networked via the KIS.MANAGER web platform. They are configured to the specific application in each case using simple logical rules. This enables customers to implement transparent signaling processes in previously non-digitalized production or logistics applications. It also allows easy integration of manual workplaces, remote delivery zones and older machines into the cloud-based control system. The data from these application areas is then captured in the cloud system and displayed in KIS.MANAGER for analysis. KIS.ME users can access KIS.MANAGER through a central web account at RAFI. As an exclusive partner of RAFI, BeeWaTec can offer its customers this service together with the required hardware from a single source. “We are delighted to have gained such a renowned specialist for manufacturing systems as BeeWaTec to be our sales partner” explains Axel Zauke, Key Account Manager at the RAFI Group. “The interest of BeeWaTec in our product also shows that it offers the right solution for many digital retrofitting jobs.” “In our view, previously no convincing solutions were available for the efficient collation of data from unconnected production or logistics areas and its transfer to the control system,” says Joachim Walter, COO of BeeWaTec. “KIS.ME closes this gap. Its ingenious concept also makes implementation very easy.”

date: 2021-12-08 | characters: 2032 | download: document, picture 1

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RAMO control components in floor cleaners

During the typical working day of a floor cleaner, the control technology must be able to withstand a good deal of wear and tear and, in addition to mechanical stress, must also withstand many a rustic actuation. That’s why Dr. 

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During the typical working day of a floor cleaner, the control technology must be able to withstand a good deal of wear and tear and, in addition to mechanical stress, must also withstand many a rustic actuation. That’s why Dr. Gansow Gmatic AG uses robust, easy-to-install switches from the RAFI RAMO 22 series as the control units in its high-quality Gmatic and Rotan scrubber dryers. The actuators, sized for an installation opening with a diameter of 22.3 mm, are very easy to install and connect. As standalone solutions in the completely enclosed mono-housing, they achieve a high degree of protection up to max. IP69 without the need for further seals. Thanks to direct wiring via M12 terminals, no time-consuming individual wiring is required. Correct connection is possible without specialist knowledge of electrical engineering. Service and maintenance work is also reduced, because the connections can be easily disconnected and reconnected as required. Switching states and settings are indicated clearly by signal lamps, illuminated switches and twist grip labels. The energy-efficient LED technology is robust and lasts for the lifetime of the machine.

date: 2021-12-01 | characters: 1166 | download: document, picture 1

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E˛MS for low-power applications

Today, the energy consumption of heating radiators is usually recorded and calculated fully automatically using smart meters. These devices must function maintenance-free and without battery replacement over an operating life of ten years.

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Today, the energy consumption of heating radiators is usually recorded and calculated fully automatically using smart meters. These devices must function maintenance-free and without battery replacement over an operating life of ten years. As a provider of electronic engineering and manufacturing services (E˛MS), RAFI produces large quantities of these high-value electronic meters and additionally supports metering companies in optimizing designs for low-power applications. To ensure its customers can rely on the maintenance-free functioning of its devices, RAFI insists on appropriately long storage and supply periods. This is why the E˛MS service provider exclusively procures its lithium batteries for low-power applications from suppliers who guarantee an extended minimum service life of 12.5 years. RAFI additionally carries out in-house random checks of the battery cells. All handling and manufacturing processes are designed to avoid wear-inducing stress on the batteries. Apart from battery quality, the energy-saving function is crucial for the service life of low-power electronic devices. RAFI recommends energy-efficient components and optimizes PCB layouts and intended transmission performance. Engineering solutions and high manufacturing quality prevent leakage currents. To protect against electromagnetic interference, RAFI takes suitable EMC precautions, if necessary including shielding.

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RAFI Manager Tosberg re-elected as COGD Board Member

Joachim Tosberg, Life Cycle Manager at RAFI, has been re-elected for the second time as a Board Member of the Component Obsolescence Group Deutschland (COGD).

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Joachim Tosberg, Life Cycle Manager at RAFI, has been re-elected for the second time as a Board Member of the Component Obsolescence Group Deutschland (COGD). Since 2017, RAFI has been a member of the association, which currently comprises more than 160 companies, and is working there on recommendations for action and guidelines for best-practice solutions in dealing with obsolescence. “The current focus is increasingly on the topic of sustainability”, explains Tosberg. “With the SCIP database, the EU has further tightened the requirements according to RoHS and REACH, obliging manufacturers to report the use of substances of concern in a Europe-wide database. This not only concerns electronic components, but also synthetic materials, metals, paints, and much more. It is therefore all the more important to counteract the accelerated discontinuation of components and materials through proactive selection of the most durable, permanently available materials and components possible. Through our involvement in the COGD, we can help shape the conditions and structures for sustainable obsolescence management in association with other industry players and make product development more resource-efficient overall.” One of the key tasks of COGD, which leading industrial companies as well as numerous component manufacturers and distributors belong to, is to develop strategies and methods for proactive obsolescence management to be able to adapt products and production processes at an early stage where there are discontinued components and make alternatives available. Apart from exchanging information in seminars, workshops and lectures, the association is also involved in standardizing obsolescence management and has introduced Smart-PCN, an overarching standard for the communication and automatic processing of product discontinuations.

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A RAFI classic: The KN 19 tactile mains switch for under-membrane installation

Due to its extremely compact design and unique short operating stroke of just 0.55 mm, the KN 19 membrane-covered mains switch from RAFI can be integrated directly into low-profile data entry systems.

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Due to its extremely compact design and unique short operating stroke of just 0.55 mm, the KN 19 membrane-covered mains switch from RAFI can be integrated directly into low-profile data entry systems. Therefore, the tactile switches for AC rated voltages of 250 V and DC rated voltages of 12 V to 50 V can replace conventional mains switches without the need for cut-outs in the unbroken overlay. In the case of DC rated voltages, the rated current is 6 A. KN 19 switches are available in a single-pole version with a normally-closed contact plus a normally-open contact and in double-pole form with two normally-open contacts. As an alternative to installation under the overlay, the switch can also be fitted with keycaps from the RAFI RK 90 range. The standard overall height of 9.7 mm means the KN 19 can be combined with other RAFI tactile switches and electronic components on a single PCB. The manufacturer supplies the switches for grid spacing of 19.05 mm x 38.1 mm, also in illuminated types.

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E-BOX: Emergency stop type with additional control component

RAFI has extended its E-BOX product family for remote-location emergency stop buttons by a version with an additional control component. Apart from the emergency stop function, the slimline boxes can additionally feature either a pushbutton, a selector button, or a keylock switch from the RAFIX 22 FS+ control component series.

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RAFI has extended its E-BOX product family for remote-location emergency stop buttons by a version with an additional control component. Apart from the emergency stop function, the slimline boxes can additionally feature either a pushbutton, a selector button, or a keylock switch from the RAFIX 22 FS+ control component series. This means they offer a further control option for remote applications without the need for extra cables. The housing dimensions of 109 mm x 40 mm x 29 mm make the E-BOX range ideal for attachment to 40-mm profile rails. The mounting clip is easy to attach to the profile rail groove via the single screw hole, then the E-BOX is simply snapped on without the need for tools. Alternatively, two screw holes are available for easy mounting on flat surfaces. RAFI supplies its E-BOX ready for connection. The M12 terminal means the control unit can be put into operation immediately without any need for wiring. The E-BOX comes in IP65 degree of protection and is designed for use in a temperature range of -25°C to +70°C.

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RAMO 22 T illuminated pushbutton with metallized front ring

Just like all the control components from the RAMO range from RAFI, the illuminated pushbuttons in the RAMO T series are available for mounting hole diameters of 22.3 mm or 30.3 mm.

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Just like all the control components from the RAMO range from RAFI, the illuminated pushbuttons in the RAMO T series are available for mounting hole diameters of 22.3 mm or 30.3 mm. While the RAMO 30 T comes as a standard with stainless steel bezel, RAFI now supplies the slimmer RAMO 22 T models not only in the classic black plastic housing, but also with a metallized front ring. RAMO T models are available in a wide choice of bezel colors. They stand out for uniformly illuminated button surfaces as well as a noticeable tactile feedback. The switching elements are integrated tactile switches from RAFI’s MICON 5 range with high-quality gold contacts, which guarantee switching reliability and a long operating life. For custom legending of the button bezels, RAFI offers the FLEXLAB legending system with labelling sheets either pre-printed or for printing by the customer. Due to their closed mono-housings with IP 66 or higher degree of protection, RAMO control components are ideal for use in or retrofitting into decentral applications. The easy connection via M12 plug terminals makes extra wiring unnecessary and allows installation by untrained personnel.

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Signal lamps and control box with IO-Link from RAFI

With new types of its outdoor-capable E-BOX control units and TILTED DIAMOND+ signal lamps, RAFI now offers two innovative product families for the IO-Link interface. As a control box with an IO-Link interface, the E-BOX IO-LINK makes it possible to integrate switches and key switches for simple control tasks in any field bus.

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With new types of its outdoor-capable E-BOX control units and TILTED DIAMOND+ signal lamps, RAFI now offers two innovative product families for the IO-Link interface. As a control box with an IO-Link interface, the E-BOX IO-LINK makes it possible to integrate switches and key switches for simple control tasks in any field bus. The slimline, rugged units feature IP65 degree of protection. The M12 terminal means even untrained personnel can quickly install them and put them into operation. The IO-Link device identification prevents errors because incorrectly installed devices are reported to the control unit. The IO-Link Master automatically transfers saved parameters to replacement devices. Thanks to integrated tactile switches from the MICON 5 series, the illuminated pushbuttons of the E-BOX provide excellent tactile feedback. They can be customized via IO-Link with a large range of functions to suit the application. Included among the options are night mode with various brightness levels, the flexible choice of white, red, green, blue, and yellow illumination, or three RGB colors that can be selected by the customer. Furthermore, the buttons can be configured with four different flashing modes for different application cases. RAFI supplies the E-BOX IO-LINK equipped ready for commissioning with one or two switching or indicator elements from the RAFIX 22 FS+ series. For individual marking of the control components, printed or unprinted FLEXLAB labelling sheets are available. With their compact dimensions of 123.2 mm x 40 mm x 35.6 mm, the control units are ideal for assembly on 40 mm profile rails on production lines or safety fences. The accessories include a fixing clip that can be attached to profile rail grooves and other mounting surfaces. The E-BOX simply snaps onto the clip. RAFI has also released an IO-LINK version of its RGB-LED signal lamp from the TILTED DIAMOND+ series. Thanks to its M12 terminal and IO-Link parameterization, it is also fast and easy to install. Apart from freely configurable night settings and illumination colors, the TILTED DIAMOND+ IO-LINK comes with further options. It can signal application-specific alarms or machine statuses with eight different flashing modes such as single flashes, continuous flashing, or pulsating light. What distinguishes the signal lamps are exceptional brightness, vibration resistance with IP66 degree of protection, no need for maintenance, and the striking dome-shaped bezel design. The diamond-shaped lenses arrayed all round give the bezels excellent illumination, clear signal colors, and top visibility over large distances. The accessories available include support tubes in various lengths and shapes and a mounting base.

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Rugged signal lamp with stainless steel collar and red/green LED

RAFI is expanding its rugged RAFIX 22 FSR control component range with a signal lamp featuring a stainless steel collar with IP65, IP67 and IP69 degree of protection to the front side. The integrated red/green LED can indicate three signal statuses.

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RAFI is expanding its rugged RAFIX 22 FSR control component range with a signal lamp featuring a stainless steel collar with IP65, IP67 and IP69 degree of protection to the front side. The integrated red/green LED can indicate three signal statuses. The translucent indicator is a neutral white in standby mode, green indicates regular operating condition, and red signals faults. The convex signal indicator makes it easy to see the signals from different directions and distances. The lamps have a diameter of 31.3 mm and an installed height of 12.2 mm. Like all RAFIX 22 FS/FSR control and signaling units, they fit standard 22.3 mm installation openings. The mounting depth is 25.45 mm. For the display of different status conditions, the lamps feature wiring over separate terminals with reverse-polarity protection for 2.8 mm x 0.8 mm quick connectors with operating voltages of 8 VDC to 30 VDC.

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“POWER” now followed by “ULTIMATE”: New High-End ECU for Touchscreens

RAFI uses its own standard ECUs in customer-specific touchscreens and control panels. This has allowed us to quickly realize a large number of projects for industry, agricultural and construction machinery, or medical technology to date, while saving resources.

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RAFI uses its own standard ECUs in customer-specific touchscreens and control panels. This has allowed us to quickly realize a large number of projects for industry, agricultural and construction machinery, or medical technology to date, while saving resources. RAFI develops and produces the ECUs and touchscreens including sensors in-house, enabling it to ensure continuous long-term availability and quality of the systems. RAFI covers a wide range of applications with its ECU program. The RAFI control unit in the “ECO-ECU” series with ARM Cortex-A5 or M3M4 processor was developed for simple, cost-sensitive operating and display tasks, with max. 800 x 600 pixel resolution. Control units in the “BALANCE-ECU” model range with a single ARM Cortex-A9 processor cater for higher operating requirements and resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080 pixels. The even more powerful “POWER-ECUs” with ARM Cortex-A9 in Dual or Quad design are used for touch user interfaces with animated graphics and resolutions of up to 1920 x 1200 pixels. With the newest “ULTIMATE-ECU” series, RAFI is raising its range of Embedded Control Units to the next performance level. The “ULTIMATE-ECU” is designed for touchscreen applications with high quality 3D visualization, multi-touch inputs, and Full-HD screen resolutions on up to 24″‚ display diagonals. Its centerpiece is an ARM Cortex-A35, i.MX8QuadXPlus processor from NXP with Yocto-based embedded Linux core and a clock frequency of 900 MHz. As standard, the “ULTIMATE ECU” offers two Gigabit-Ethernet interfaces, a USB 3.0 interface and three CAN-Bus interfaces. The new ECU generation has already been proving its worth as a central computer for mobile processing machines in several projects.

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Customized OEM joysticks from RAFI for all control requirements

With its JOYSCAPE joystick platform and extensive add-on options, RAFI is able to implement custom control solutions for any application purpose and with optimum ergonomics for the job.

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With its JOYSCAPE joystick platform and extensive add-on options, RAFI is able to implement custom control solutions for any application purpose and with optimum ergonomics for the job. Four differently dimensioned platform modules cover all use cases in various industries such as mechanical engineering, medical technology or construction and agricultural machinery. For heavy-duty applications, RAFI uses its JOYSCAPE ROUGH model with a shock resistance of 110 Nm. Ergonomic multifunction joysticks developed in close cooperation with the customer ensure easy and intuitive operation even under the toughest conditions. For challenging but less rugged applications, the joystick platform offers the versatile JOYSCAPE MULTI basic model. This version is also available with customized handles. Depending on requirements, the manufacturer can install thumb joysticks, rockers, pushbuttons and other actuator or signal elements. Where installation space is tight and control tricky, JOYSCAPE BASIC with free tilt function in the x/y plane is the optimal solution. The smallest model in the range is the compact thumb joystick JOYSCAPE TINY. It is designed for flexible integration into joystick handles or other control elements. All variants use wear-free 3D Hall sensors for motion detection. They have an operating life of up to five million actuation cycles. For high safety requirements, the sensor system is also available in a redundant design. The ferromagnetic steel housing effectively shields the sensor system, providing additional ruggedness. The joysticks are fully manufactured in-house and configured with various rockers, angles of deflection, operating forces or control components. This is how RAFI ensures seamless integration of its products into diverse customer systems. Optional extras are also available such as illuminated handles for work at night, capacitive hand detection to avoid operating errors and easy-clean folding bellows for hygienically sensitive areas.

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RAMO S selector switch comes with its own housing

RAFI’s selector switches in the RAMO S series feature a completely closed housing with IP65 degree of protection and M12 terminals. That means they do not need any additional housing.

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RAFI’s selector switches in the RAMO S series feature a completely closed housing with IP65 degree of protection and M12 terminals. That means they do not need any additional housing. Therefore, these switches – like all control and indicator elements in the RAMO 22 and 30 series – are ideal for cost-effective construction and retrofitting of decentral applications. Depending on the series, the switches are designed for mounting holes with diameters of 22.3 mm or 30.3 mm. Alternatively, the RAMO EDGE fixing angle offers the option of placing the switches offset on any surfaces or on 40-mm profile rails. The RAMO S series comprises selector switches in different types with rotating angles of 40°, 60° or 90°. Depending on the model, the levers can be switched to up to three positions and the actuation functions momentary contact, latching or momentary contact and latching. The contact functions available are 1NC+1NO, 1NO and 2NO. The rugged selector switches are also available in illuminated versions with translucent handle marking. The simple connection with standard M12 plug terminals makes wiring unnecessary, so RAMO switches, key switches and lamps can even be installed by untrained personnel. The components in the RAMO 22 series feature black front rings in synthetic material, while the RAMO 30 versions have flat stainless steel bezels.

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RAFI eCatalog: over 5,000 electro-mechanical components

The RAFI eCatalog is available online at components.rafi.de. The eCatalog presents more than 5,000 electro-mechanical RAFI components divided in the product groups emergency stop, pushbuttons, control components, signal lamps, tactile switches and accessories.

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The RAFI eCatalog is available online at components.rafi.de. The eCatalog presents more than 5,000 electro-mechanical RAFI components divided in the product groups emergency stop, pushbuttons, control components, signal lamps, tactile switches and accessories. The completely updated catalog comes with a new user interface and a whole range of new functions. For example, a product finder makes it easy for customers to find the ideal component by entering the parameters they need. For each product, a menu appears next to the technical data and a download option provides an extensive product description including images and videos. There is also a 3D viewer for looking at the product from all angles. The download area provides the 3D data of the selected product in .stp format for import into CAD systems. Users can also find the declarations of conformity as well as operating manuals, certificates and product leaflets there. A wish list allows customers to send product inquiries and receive answers from RAFI distributors. The RAFI eCatalog is available in English, German, French, Italian and Chinese language and was designed for perfect display on desktops, tablets and smartphones.

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RAFI illuminated pushbutton in stainless steel design with ring lighting

RAFI has expanded its RAFIX 30 FS+ control component program with illuminated pushbuttons in a modern, stainless steel design. The new models come with ring lighting, a stylish front ring, and a button surface with a metal V2A insert.

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RAFI has expanded its RAFIX 30 FS+ control component program with illuminated pushbuttons in a modern, stainless steel design. The new models come with ring lighting, a stylish front ring, and a button surface with a metal V2A insert. The extremely flat structure means the button stands just 3.45 mm proud of the front panel for an elegant appearance. The pushbuttons are available with white, red, green, yellow, or blue lighting rings. The illumination is provided by an LED. The pushbuttons feature IP65 degree of protection to the front side and, like all RAFIX 30 FS+ control and signaling units, they fit standard 30.3 mm installation openings. Even through gloves, the tactile feedback is clear. For terminal connection, the pushbuttons can be combined with PCB switching elements for PCB application or QC switching elements for conventional wiring. The PCB version has a mounting depth of just 15.7 mm, and the switching elements with LEDs and other components are located on a common board. The QC switching elements are connected individually with 2.8 mm x 0.8 mm quick connectors, resulting in a mounting depth of 33.3 mm. Illumination is via a plug-in LED clip. Both types of switching elements are available in versions with gold contacts for a maximum 35 V and 100 mA or with silver contacts for up to 250 V and 4 A.

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New RAFI red/green signal indicator

RAFI has expanded its RAFIX 22 FS+ control component program with a signal indicator featuring an integrated red and green LED. The indicator can display three status conditions in one light. The translucent bezel is a neutral white in standby mode, green indicates regular operating condition, and red signals faults.

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RAFI has expanded its RAFIX 22 FS+ control component program with a signal indicator featuring an integrated red and green LED. The indicator can display three status conditions in one light. The translucent bezel is a neutral white in standby mode, green indicates regular operating condition, and red signals faults. The indicators have a diameter of 29.8 mm and an installation height of 14.4 mm. The domed surface makes the indicators easily visible also from the side. Like all RAFIX 22 FS+ control and signaling units, they fit standard 22.3 mm installation openings and feature IP65 degree of protection to the front side. The mounting depth is 25.25 mm. The display of different status conditions is possible due to separate terminals with reverse-polarity protection for 2.8 mm x 0.8 mm quick connectors and operating voltages of 8 VDC to 30 VDC.

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New RAFI signal indicator in elegant design for display of three status conditions

RAFI has expanded its RAFIX 30 FS+ control and signaling unit program with an ultra-flat (3.45 mm) LED signal indicator featuring a stainless steel front ring. Thanks to an integrated red and green LED, the indicator can signal three status conditions.

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RAFI has expanded its RAFIX 30 FS+ control and signaling unit program with an ultra-flat (3.45 mm) LED signal indicator featuring a stainless steel front ring. Thanks to an integrated red and green LED, the indicator can signal three status conditions. The translucent bezel is a neutral white in standby mode, green indicates regular operating condition, and red signals faults. The signal indicator features separate terminals with reverse-polarity protection for 2.8 mm x 0.8 mm quick connectors and operating voltages of 8 VDC to 30 VDC. The new signal lamps feature IP65 degree of protection to the front side and, like all RAFIX 30 FS+ control and signaling units, they fit standard 30.3 mm installation openings. With a collar diameter of 34.5 mm and a mounting depth of 31.85 mm, the integrated lamps are suitable for a minimum grid spacing of 35 mm.

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New RAFI illuminated pushbutton with ring lighting

RAFI has expanded its RAFIX 22 FS+ control and signaling units program with illuminated pushbuttons with ring lighting. The pushbuttons come with an illuminated ring in the colors white, red, green, yellow, or blue, which makes them also suitable for night design. The illumination of the ring is provided by an LED.

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RAFI has expanded its RAFIX 22 FS+ control and signaling units program with illuminated pushbuttons with ring lighting. The pushbuttons come with an illuminated ring in the colors white, red, green, yellow, or blue, which makes them also suitable for night design. The illumination of the ring is provided by an LED. The pushbuttons feature IP65 degree of protection to the front side, an installation height of just 10 mm and, like all RAFIX 22 FS+ control and signaling units, they fit standard 22.3 mm installation openings. The pushbuttons deliver clear tactile feedback, even through gloves. For terminal connection, the pushbuttons can be combined with PCB switching elements for PCB application or QC switching elements for conventional wiring. The PCB version has a mounting depth of just 9.2 mm, and the switching elements with LEDs and other components are located on a common board. The QC switching elements are connected individually with 2.8 mm x 0.8 mm quick connectors, resulting in a mounting depth of 27 mm. Illumination is via a plug-in LED clip. Both types of switching elements are available in versions with gold contacts for a maximum 35 V and 100 mA or with silver contacts for up to 250 V and 4 A.

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Control units for respirators: RAFI ramps up production

HMI specialist RAFI has been producing capacitive control units for the HAMILTON-C6 mobile respirator station from Swiss medical technology manufacturer Hamilton Medical for around four years.

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HMI specialist RAFI has been producing capacitive control units for the HAMILTON-C6 mobile respirator station from Swiss medical technology manufacturer Hamilton Medical for around four years. This company, which has specialized since 1983 in the development of intensive respirator systems, ranks among the leading suppliers of intelligent high-end devices. Currently, manufacturers and suppliers face major challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting surge in demand for respirators. But, thanks to foresighted planning and management of manufacturing capacities, RAFI has succeeded in increasing production of its control units far beyond the usual volumes. “As soon as the first alarming reports came in, we started thinking about how we could boost delivery capacity if necessary,” explains Max Mattes, the responsible RAFI Account Manager for the Systems business unit. “Our Purchasing department pro-actively contacted the relevant component suppliers. Our control units are an essential feature of the respirators. So of course we feel that RAFI has an indirect responsibility for ensuring the supply of life-saving medical devices.” The HMI manufacturer produces the control units entirely in-house. To increase the quantities at short notice, it had to flexibly adjust capacities in its production department and re-organize its order processing. The year before last, the company established its own clean room system for the production of glass sensors for capacitive touchscreens so that it could remain independent from Asian suppliers. Apart from the 17″ touch sensors for the Hamilton respirators, RAFI also produces the diagnostic electronics and integrates the touch controllers on its own assembly lines. The front glass panels are also printed and fitted with electro-mechanical keypads in RAFI’s own facility. The hygiene-compliant silicon key switches are inserted into openings cut into the front glass panels, and snap-action contacts are installed underneath the actuators. Development and production of the control units, which RAFI supplies as fully assembled, ready-to-use assemblies, comply with the EN ISO 13485 medical standard. “To meet the acute demand, we had to restructure a lot of our sequences. Obviously, all processes that are critical for the operating surfaces of the respirators come first right now,” says Mattes. “But of course we’re still doing everything to make sure all our customers get their supplies on time.”

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Robust USB 3.0 and RJ45 feedthroughs for integrated and standalone setups

The RAFI RAMO range includes robust USB 3.0 and RJ45 feedthroughs for front panel installation or standalone setups, in addition to switches and signal lamps with M12 plug terminals. The RAMO F feedthroughs feature an IP65 degree of protection when the protective cap is closed.

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The RAFI RAMO range includes robust USB 3.0 and RJ45 feedthroughs for front panel installation or standalone setups, in addition to switches and signal lamps with M12 plug terminals. The RAMO F feedthroughs feature an IP65 degree of protection when the protective cap is closed. RAMO EDGE 90° mounting angles allow for remote mounting of individual feedthroughs and other RAMO components on vertical surfaces or on 40-mm profile rails. RAFI especially designed all RAMO 22 and 30 components for individual housing-free mounting at remote locations. Featuring single-part, fully enclosed mono-housings, the feedthroughs can be installed in 22.3 mm or 30.3 mm mounting holes without an additional housing, just like the series‘ pushbuttons, emergency stop switches, selector switches, keylock switches, and LED signal lamps. RAMO 22 components feature black plastic front rings. RAMO 30 versions have a flat stainless-steel bezel.

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RAMO K: Keylock switch with M12 terminal for stand-alone assembly

The keylock switches from RAFI’s RAMO K range offer a rugged, fast-assembly control solution for decentralized applications where it is necessary to lock critical actuation functions. Like all control elements and indicators from the RAMO program, the keylock switches do not require any additional installation housing.

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The keylock switches from RAFI’s RAMO K range offer a rugged, fast-assembly control solution for decentralized applications where it is necessary to lock critical actuation functions. Like all control elements and indicators from the RAMO program, the keylock switches do not require any additional installation housing. The completely closed housing with IP65 degree of protection and the M12 terminal ensure rapid on-site assembly without time-consuming manual wiring. Thanks to the Plug&Play connection via standard M12 plug terminals, even untrained personnel can commission the devices from the RAMO 22 and RAMO 30 series for 22.3 mm or 30.3 mm mounting holes. With the RAMO EDGE 90° mounting angle for individual mounting, the switches can also be mounted as required on any vertical surface and on 40-mm profile rails. RAFI supplies the RAMO K keylock switches in a variety of types with rotating angles of 40°, 60°, or 90° as well as various rotating angle shapes. The switches are also available with distinctive haptic qualities for up to three switching positions with momentary contact, latching, or combined actuating functions. The RAMO 22 and 30 models differ not only in their dimensions, but also in design, with black front rings made of synthetic material or flat stainless-steel front rings. RAFI presents the RAMO range of operating and indicating elements as well as feedthroughs at www.rafi.de/en/ramo-2230.

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Leading-edge control solutions from RAFI

RAFI exhibited its developments and products in the field of control components, system components, and capacitive input technologies at the 2019 SPS trade show in Nuremberg, Germany. Introducing Smart Solutions, RAFI presented a new technology concept for wireless condition and progress signaling for use in intralogistics processes.

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RAFI exhibited its developments and products in the field of control components, system components, and capacitive input technologies at the 2019 SPS trade show in Nuremberg, Germany. Introducing Smart Solutions, RAFI presented a new technology concept for wireless condition and progress signaling for use in intralogistics processes. The portal-based system intelligently links mobile pushbutton units with freely positionable signal lamps via WiFi. What makes Smart Solutions stand out are the universal application options, simple use, and fast setup. The pushbutton boxes and signal lamps integrate WiFi interfaces. The units come with an unambiguous ID and a USB port connector. To start up the system, the user simply logs in to the RAFI portal once, defines the linking logic required, and saves a digital twin of its application. Another RAFI highlight at the trade fair was a representative cross-section of the company’s solutions for renowned customers in machine and plant engineering, automotive and commercial vehicle manufacturing, communications electronics, and household appliances. The product range on show covered everything from handheld units and operating panels to electronic assemblies and fully integrated complete solutions for commercial vehicle control. RAFI is not only one of Germany’s largest contract manufacturers of electronics, but also ranks among Europe’s leading manufacturers of capacitive industrial touchscreens. With its Twin Touch technology, RAFI has launched a new generation of industrial touch data entry systems featuring combined touch and force detection. This solution prevents accidental input errors and opens up scope for new input levels. It means users can select or set function menus or parameters by varying the pressure exerted on the display. Another innovation, the mechanical key switches and finger guidance solutions in the FLEXSCAPE range enable reliable blind operation of touchscreen functions. The touchscreen keeps its high degrees of resilience and ingress protection because the actuators are fixed without openings or holes in the surface. Other areas of the trade fair stand were dedicated to compact embedded control units (ECU) for HMIs and control systems, new basic models for the JOYSCAPE joystick platform, and RAFI’s successful switch and key switch programs.

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TwinTouch industrial touchscreens with force detection

RAFI expands its GLASSCAPE portfolio of industrial-grade capacitive touchscreens, introducing the new TwinTouch input technology, which in addition to touch evaluates the force of inputs. Combining touch and force detection, TwinTouch significantly increases operational safety.

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RAFI expands its GLASSCAPE portfolio of industrial-grade capacitive touchscreens, introducing the new TwinTouch input technology, which in addition to touch evaluates the force of inputs. Combining touch and force detection, TwinTouch significantly increases operational safety. Capacitive switches and fields in the touchscreen can be configured to require a defined pressure force for touch commands. This helps prevent accidental input through unintended contact with the screen. The switching thresholds for the applied pressure can be individually adjusted via software. At the same time, the combined evaluation of touch and mechanical force enables an implementation of additional input levels. For instance, pressing a screen button for a prolonged time may activate a context menu, or applying different amounts of pressure may be used to adjust parameter values. The TwinTouch system with trackless pressure measurement ensures reliable IP65 ingress protection. Video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5dRQgXlDsc Deep link: https://www.rafi.de/en/products/control-systemshmi/capacitive-systemsglasscape/ PDF brochure: https://www.rafi.de/en/company/download-center/pdf-brochures-flyers/

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Agritechnica: Operating solutions for agricultural machinery and commercial vehicles

RAFI presents its innovative control components and operating solutions for agricultural machinery and commercial vehicles at the 2019 Agritechnica trade show in Hanover, Germany, in Hall 17, at Booth B19.

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RAFI presents its innovative control components and operating solutions for agricultural machinery and commercial vehicles at the 2019 Agritechnica trade show in Hanover, Germany, in Hall 17, at Booth B19. The HMI specialist particularly highlights armrest systems developed for VALTRA tractors and PistenBully snow plows, the extended JOYSCAPE joystick platform, the new touchscreen input technology TWIN TOUCH, the RAFIX 22 FSR series of control and signal components, and the RAMO pushbutton series. Trade show visitors are welcome to test the SmartTouch armrest of current VALTRA tractors in an agricultural simulator. This integrated control system, manufactured entirely by RAFI and awarded with the Red Dot Design Award for its ergonomics, allows operators to customize all functions. As further proof of its development competence, RAFI presents the armrest control panel designed for the Kässbohrer PistenBully. Both the innovative multifunction lever and the four-axis joystick for controlling the snow plow blade are based on RAFI’s JOYSCAPE joystick platform, which enables speedy customization of levers and joysticks for all kinds of applications and with varying degrees of complexity. Additional showcases include a joystick for the latest generation of Fendt tractors and the new elementary component JOYSCAPE TINY, an extremely compact thumb joystick for space-saving integration into joystick handles. RAFI’s new TWIN TOUCH input technology is an innovation in the field of PCAP touchscreens for mobile machinery. It combines touch and force detection, preventing accidental incorrect input and enabling new safety and input functions. There is a working model at the booth, which visitors are invited to try out themselves. RAFI furthermore exhibits electronic assemblies that the company produces as an EMS service provider for manufacturers of mobile machinery and industrial vehicles. Also on display, RAFIX 22 FSR control and signal components boast high thermal resistance, high resistance to dirt and dust, and tolerate cleaning with high-pressure cleaners. To complete the selective overview of RAFI’s extensive portfolio, RAMO pushbuttons are especially suited for easy integration in offset applications and require no additional housing. Visit RAFI at the 2019 Agritechnica exhibition! Hanover, Germany, 10 – 16 November 2019 Hall 17, Booth B19

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Emergency stop switches with M12 plug terminals

Complementing the tried-and-tested pushbuttons, selector switches, keylock switches, and LED signal lamps, RAFI also supplies emergency stop switches in its RAMO product range. RAMO E switches are designed for 22.3 mm and 30.3 mm mounting hole diameters.

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Complementing the tried-and-tested pushbuttons, selector switches, keylock switches, and LED signal lamps, RAFI also supplies emergency stop switches in its RAMO product range. RAMO E switches are designed for 22.3 mm and 30.3 mm mounting hole diameters. They feature two NC contacts for a 35 V switching voltage and comply with all relevant ISO and IEC standards. The design ensures simple, time-saving installation. Like all RAMO devices, the emergency stop switches feature easy-assembly M12 plug terminals that require minimum wiring work. Customers can specify any cable length from the manufacturer of their choice for the plug & play solution that guarantees easy commissioning, even by untrained personnel. The RAMO series‘ hallmark single-part, fully enclosed mono-housings can be mounted directly on aluminum profile rails using the RAMO EDGE mounting bracket. No additional housing is necessary. This makes RAMO operating components a flexible, highly economical standalone solution for distributed industrial applications. All RAMO emergency stop switches provide IP65 ingress protection according to DIN EN 60529 on the front side. Featuring maximum mounting depths of 30.2 mm (RAMO 22 E) or 36.4 mm (RAMO 30 E), they are also suitable for applications with restricted space. The RAMO series is designed to fit the look and dimensions of the RAFIX FS+ series, allowing users to mix and match control components from both series as they wish. Data for RAMO E – including stp files for import into CAD systems – are available at https://components.rafi.de.

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