A variation on the versatile, classic membrane switch option, the primary difference with a non-tactile membrane switch is that they emit light and/or sounds through the graphic overlay of the user interface, rather than a tactile response, to indicate that the switch activation has taken place.
Non-tactile switches are fundamentally different from traditional mechanical switches, as the lack of tactile feedback makes it possible to have a higher sensitivity and a faster reaction time, while offering a longer service life than their tactile membrane switch counterparts.
Both types of tactile and non-tactile switches have their own set of unique benefits and ideal applications. 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 membrane 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 or plastic dome found in tactile membrane switches. The pads are housed between a base or circuit layer (printed circuit board) and the protective layer of complex user interfaces.
Non-tactile membrane switches have characteristically flatter surfaces as a result, which means they can be designed in a wider variety of shapes. The lack of a metal dome or plastic dome beneath the overlay means that non-tactile membrane switches can feature a more compact and streamlined design.
Non-tactile keypads offer a solid state, low-component design and high durability, which means that they are easy to clean, low maintenance and long lasting, even in the most demanding applications.
Non-tactile keypads are often the best solution when the surrounding environment will be characteristically dark or subject to extreme industrial conditions. 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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