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A Design Engineer’s Guide to Control Panel Overlays

on 3/14/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Graphic Overlays
What does heavy-duty industrial machinery have in common with a cutting-edge medical device? Neither can do their jobs without human operation. That’s why the control panel, and particularly the user interface, should be a prime feature of equipment – and not merely an afterthought. If you’re a design engineer considering your options for creating the optimal control panel, allow us to provide a quick overview of control panel overlays and how they can benefit your product.
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7 Considerations for Designing a Custom Graphic Overlay

on 3/7/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Graphic Overlays
First appearances may be deceiving. Take the graphic overlay, for instance. At initial glance, this may seem like a relatively simple application. But the truth is, there are many factors to consider and choices to make when designing a custom graphic overlay. In this article, we’ll cover the areas to concentrate on to make the optimal graphic overlay for your application.
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A Designer's Guide to Color Matching in a Graphic Overlay

on 2/28/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Printing Graphic Overlays
Color can be a very subjective, even emotional topic. We all have our favorite shades and hues that we prefer in our personal lives. But when you’re creating a custom graphic overlay, color can (and should) be very objective and precise. That’s why color-matching techniques come in during the design and printing processes.
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Mind Your Ps – Choosing Polycarbonate or Polyester for Graphic Overlays

on 2/17/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Graphic Overlays
Here at Tapecon, one question we often get from customers is, “What’s the best material for a graphic overlay?” As much as we’d like to give you an easy, definitive answer, the truth is…it depends. There are two films that are commonly used to construct a graphic overlay (also known as the faceplate of a membrane switch): polyester and polycarbonate. Both are excellent materials, but they each come with their own advantages. In general, polyester is the more durable and rugged option for harsh environments, but polycarbonate has unique attributes for different applications.
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Podcast: Rafael Tudela from Tapecon on Flexible Hybrid Electronics

on 1/13/22 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Podcast Graphic Overlays
In episode 10, we talk to Rafael Tudela, a fellow Tapeconian with an interesting educational background. A double major in electrical and electronic engineering, Rafael spent most of his career on the electrical side before bringing his talents to Tapecon where he is mostly working in the world of flexible hybrid electronics. We spoke with Rafael about the exciting projects he’s working on at Tapecon and what he sees for the future.
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Podcast: Lou Brossard of Curbell Plastics on Light Management Film

on 10/27/21 1:39 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Podcast Graphic Overlays
In this episode Lou Brossard, the Senior Product Specialist from Curbell Plastics joins us. Lou specializes in films and tapes, and discusses the markets and applications for light management films. Lou also explains how light diffusion works, the technology behind it, and what needs to be considered with the selection of films when it’s being incorporated into a new project or design.
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Multi-faceted – 5 Unique Purposes of a Graphic Overlay

on 9/2/21 10:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Graphic Overlays
Do you consider yourself a multi-tasker? There’s ongoing debate whether multi-tasking is truly possible. On one side, some people feel more productive when juggling several tasks at once. On the other side, some studies show that the brain isn’t wired to switch focus back and forth effectively.  While multi-tasking is up for interpretation, there’s no question that being multi-talented is a great skill to have. That reminds us of the unassuming but overachieving graphic overlay. 
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