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Membrane Switches 101: Conductive Inks and Printed Circuits

on 12/21/20 8:15 AM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Manufacturing Printed Electronics Membrane Switch
Membrane switches are impressive components that operate a wide array of electronic devices – from the microwaves inside our homes to life-saving medical equipment in our hospitals to heavy-duty industrial machinery. However, no matter the environment or desired outcome, every membrane switch shares a few basic – yet imperative – features. To create a functional user interface, a membrane switch is composed of a sequence of thin layers. However, you could argue that the most important layer is the circuit made from conductive inks printed on a flexible substrate. Without these elements, a membrane switch wouldn’t be able to take input from the user and control the operation of the product. So today, we’re taking a deeper look at conductive inks and printed circuits.
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6 Benefits of Membranes Switches for Medical Equipment

on 12/15/20 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Membrane Switch
When we think about technology invented over 30 years ago, the assumption is that it’s now outdated and possibly obsolete. VCRs, answering machines, and 8-bit video game consoles come to mind. However, one technology that has stood the test of time is the membrane switch. Introduced in the early 1980s, membrane switches were quickly adopted by many industries, including medical equipment. Since then, materials and converting processes have greatly improved, making membrane switches even more functional and cost-effective. Today, membrane switches are the go-to interface for many types of medical devices – from patient monitoring systems to hospital beds to surgical equipment.
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Podcast: Dave Shoemaker on Technology and Manufacturing Readiness Levels

on 12/10/20 9:30 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Podcast
In this episode of The Better Product Solutions Podcast, Steve sits down with Dave Shoemaker, Senior Manufacturing Engineering Manager at Tapecon. Dave is a veteran Tapecon employee and has overseen countless projects across a variety of applications. Dave and Steve dissect the topics of manufacturing readiness levels (MRL) and technology readiness levels (TRL). Watch the video, listen to the audio, or read the full conversation transcript below.
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The Right Touch: Choosing Between Tactile & Non-Tactile Membrane Switches

on 12/9/20 12:14 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Membrane Switch
Devices and screens have taken over our professional and personal lives. So, by now, we’re all accustomed to entry methods like keyboards and touchscreen. But for many types of products, including medical equipment, industrial equipment, consumer electronics, the membrane switch remains the best choice for user interfaces. A membrane switch is a thin, flexible switch that uses printed circuitry to create a customizable user interface. There are many advantages of membrane switches, including being compact, lightweight, cost-effective, and durable.   While a membrane switch has a relatively simple design, they can also be accentuated with a host of differentiating features, depending on your needs and objectives. One popular enhancement is tactile feedback.
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How’s This for a Bright Idea? Backlighting for Membrane Switches

on 12/2/20 12:06 PM By | Casey Cephas | 1 Comment | Membrane Switch
As we get closer to the end of the year, we are beginning to see holiday lights being put on display. While the glow and colors are meant to put us in a festive mood, we can’t help but think about a different type of illumination that’s near and dear to our hearts – backlighting for membrane switches. For the average person, a small blinking light or a bright control panel may not mean much, but for a product designer, backlighting can make a dramatic difference in the appearance and functionality of a user interface.
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10 Benefits of Membrane Switches for User Interfaces

on 11/17/20 8:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Membrane Switch
First impressions can make a lasting impact. When it comes to most electronic equipment, the initial experience a user may have is with the interface. At the same time, device manufacturers need the user interface to fit within the product’s overall design and budget. Often, a membrane switch is a solution that checks all the boxes and satisfies everyone.
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7 Things to Consider When Selecting Adhesives

on 11/13/20 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Custom Converting Adhesives
If you’ve been following our blog, you already know that we are big fans of adhesives. Whether you’re assembling an electronic device or creating a wearable that needs to stick to skin, odds are there’s an adhesive that can fit into your design and improve the functionality or manufacturability of your product.
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Thinking Lean and Green – Sustainability in Manufacturing

on 11/11/20 1:04 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing
Manufacturing is undoubtedly important to our modern lives by creating the majority of the products we rely on every day. However, it’s also important to acknowledge that our industry plays a role in the growing concern over climate change. According to the EPA, industry is responsible for 22% of greenhouse gas emissions, just behind transportation (28%) and electricity (27%). Of course, this is just one example of how human activity can impact the environment, and we must consider all avenues to protect our natural resources.
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Super Material: Benefits and Applications of Printing on Tyvek®

on 10/21/20 8:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Technology Printing
In the movies, superheroes rely on their special powers to overcome challenges and, in the end, save the day. Of course, we understand that the ability to fly, invisibility, and super-speed are purely fiction. In the real world of industrial and durable printing, there is a certain product that seems to have an array of material superpowers. But in the case of Tyvek®, it comes down to scientific innovation, rather than science-fiction.
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Getting the Most Out of In-Mold Decorating

on 10/13/20 6:41 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing In-Mold Decorating
Hunter S. Thompson once said, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.” It’s an excellent credo to live life by, but it also applies to product design. One manufacturing process, in particular, that requires expertise and attention to detail is in-mold decorating (IMD). When done correctly, IMD can yield impressive results. But if certain considerations aren’t followed, the outcome may not be what you expected.
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