Membranes

Tactile Membrane Switches

Working with an experienced team on a classic technology means the possibilities are endless. e2ip has spent three decades finessing membrane and silicon keypad technology - the core of its business - with thousands of units fully designed and produced in-house. The key takeaway from these years of experience is that while it will suffice as an entry-level solution, one should not mistake this technology as something to be overlooked, particularly when configured in assembly with additional innovative technologies. This means that your finished custom solution will always be functional and flexible, with the signature e2ip guarantee of quality and reliability.

The Classic Control Choice

Membrane switches and keypads come in many different configurations but are generally used to control different kinds of circuits. 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. From there, our e2ip experts recommend the most suitable customization options for your specific application from a wide range of possibilities. This can mean the incorporation of other innovative technologies, or implied visual or tactile designs. Much of the time, the customizations chosen will involve the outer interface layer and different switch mechanisms.

These kinds of switches and keypads are found everywhere and are renowned for offering an incredibly smooth user 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 travel and actuation response sensation, or tactile feedback, that distinguishes these types of membrane switches from their alternative, non-tactile keypads.

They can also be designed to visually disappear into their housings (dead-front effect) for visual appeal and seamless surface integration, while still offering clear and accessible functionality to the user.

Like many of the technologies e2ip offers across its commercial repertoire, membrane switches and silicon keypads contain characteristically few components by design. This means added durability, portability and ease of integration into many applications. It also means these types of units can be easy to clean, simple to maintain, and particularly suitable where hygiene is a critical factor.

A Classic Solution with a Customized Finish

Key Features​

  • Thin build
  • Different button shapes and arrays
  • Embossing options available
  • Various color options
  • Dead-front effect
  • Hermetic seal
  • High-temperature resistant
  • Light diffuser
  • Backlighting
  • Key actuator 

Customization Areas

  • Graphic overlay: design and materials
  • Circuits: rigid, flexible, printed, inks
  • Shielding: materials
  • Backlighting: LED, PDT, optical fibre, EL
  • Switching: tactile, non-tactile, domes
  • Component integration: rigid, flexible
  • General integration: backplates and housings
  • Environmental factors: gaskets and sealing

Applications

  • Control panels
  • Remote controls
  • Laboratory instrumentation
  • Fitness equipment
  • Telecommunication devices
  • Household appliances
  • Security systems

Learn More

Contact our team and learn more about our full technological specifications including electrical, mechanical, environmental and certifications.

More products for your applications

Capflex™

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.

Clicktouch™

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.

Non Tactile Keypads

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.

Electronics should not get in the way of design freedom.

For more information, contact our team.