A variation on the versatile, classic membrane switch option, non-tactile switches differ from tactile switches primarily in that they offer less tactile or haptic feedback to the user when pressed to activate. Non-tactile switches have a different structural design and instead can use light and/or sounds to indicate to the user that switch activation has taken place, compensating for the lack of tactile feedback. They may have a higher sensitivity, but also have a faster reaction time, and last a lot longer than their tactile membrane switch counterpart.
Both types of switches have their own set of unique benefits and ideal applications, in suitable environments. Having offered, evolved, and engineered this type of technology to perfection over the span of three decades, you can trust our team at e2ip to help you understand the most suitable type of switch for your project.
Non-tactile switches use a layered, self-contained design just like tactile switches, with the main design difference being that conductive pads are used in place of the metal domes found in tactile switches. The pads are housed between a base or circuit substrate and a protective, functional top interface layer.
Non-tactile switches have characteristically flatter surfaces as a result, which means they can be designed in a wider variety of shapes. The domes used in tactile switches can take up precious space, and as such, non-tactile designs offer the benefit of being overall more compact and streamlined.
True of all membrane switches, and in fact most of the technology in the e2ip wheelhouse, non-tactile keypads of course offer the benefit of solid state, low-component design and high durability. This means they promise long-lasting use, low maintenance and the easy-to-clean guarantee.
Non-tactile keypads are often the best solution when the environment will be characteristically dark or very industrially harsh. They are designed and manufactured to withstand high vibration factors and maintain both their usability and form in such conditions. They can also be a good option when a more cost-effective or economical solution is called for, and can reduce the overall cost of larger projects they may be incorporated into.
These technologies, while offering complete customization, all start with a simple design: layered circuits, spacers, and adhesives housed between a strong base and a protective, functional top interface layer.
Capacitive switches typically consist of a thin circuit board, the key component, that sits between a backing layer and some form of durable top overlay.
Designed for high-performance use in the harshest of environments, the ClickTouch™ membrane switch is a unique and versatile solution that cleverly combines smart form with reliable function.
Electronics should not get in the way of design freedom.
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