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9 Questions to Ask When Designing a Membrane Switch

on 1/8/21 9:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Membrane Switch
When you watch someone who has mastered their craft – whether it’s artistic, athletic, or another endeavor – the performance can seem effortless. Of course, what you don’t see is the countless hours of work to make the complex appear simple.
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Graphic Overlay Options for Membrane Switches

on 1/4/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Printing Membrane Switch
What’s more important – style or substance? If you’re talking about membrane switches, it’s actually a trick question because you can have both, thanks to the graphic overlay. Allow us to explain why this hardworking component of a membrane switch is way more than just a pretty face.
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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When we think about technology invented over 30 years ago, the assumption is that it’s now outdated and possibly obsolete.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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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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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 | 1 Comment | 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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How to Improve Product Design and Performance With Converted Foams

on 10/1/20 7:42 PM By | Casey Cephas | 2 Comments | Manufacturing Custom Converting
The saying is true – good things can come in small packages. In today’s marketplace, devices are simultaneously getting smaller and more powerful. However, compact products pose a wide range of design challenges and complexities. The good news is that in many cases, the solution is surprisingly simple: foam. Now, we’re not talking about the foams of yesteryear. Through dedicated research and development, materials manufacturers have created innovative and specialized foams for a multitude of applications.
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Empowering Remote Patient Monitoring with Flexible Printed Electronics

Telemedicine was already on the rise even before COVID-19 hit. However, it’s one thing for a medical professional to consult with a patient virtually – it’s a bigger challenge to perform diagnostics and monitoring from a distance. As our population grows and ages, along with the increasing rates of chronic health issues, our healthcare system is at risk of being overwhelmed. One strategy to keep up with demand and reduce overall cost is with remote patient monitoring.
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