e2ip has spent more than three decades working with membrane switch design and silicon keypad technology. It is the core of our business, and we have produced thousands of membrane switch units fully designed and produced in-house.
Our experience has shown us that while membrane switch technology will act as an entry-level solution, one should not mistake this technology as something to be overlooked. This is particularly true when membrane switches are configured with additional innovative technologies.
The possibilities are endless when working on technology like membrane switches, and even more so when working with an experienced team like e2ip. Your customized solution will always be functional and flexible, with the signature e2ip guarantee of quality and reliability.
Membrane switches are part of a range of tactile switch devices, and are considered to be “user interfaces” or “Human Machine Interfaces” (HMIs). Membrane switches and keypads come in many configurations, and are generally used to control various kinds of circuits.
Membrane switch circuitry can be screen-printed using conductive inks (most often carbon or silver conductive ink), and membrane switch technologies offer complete customization.
Whatever your preference is for membrane switch technology all emerge from a simple design that consists of a circuit layer, a circuit spacer layer and pressure sensitive adhesives housed between a strong base and a protective, functional top interface layer.
When working with our e2ip experts, we will recommend the most suitable customization options for your specific application, choosing from a wide range of membrane switch possibilities. This can mean the incorporation of other innovative technologies, or implied visual or tactile designs.
Much of the time, the customizations chosen for projects will involve the outer interface layer and different switch mechanisms.
Membrane switches and keypads are found everywhere, and are well known for offering an incredibly smooth user interface and experience. This comes from a combination of intuitive surface layout design and optimization of individual keys or buttons for sharp tactile feedback.
It is this response sensation, or tactile feedback, that distinguishes these types of membrane switches from their alternative, non-tactile switches.
A membrane switch can also be designed to visually disappear into their housings (referred to as a dead-front effect) for additional visual appeal and seamless surface integration – all while still offering clear and accessible functionality to the user.
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.
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