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Podcast: Mark Darby of Lumitex on Flexible Light Technology

on 4/8/21 11:07 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Podcast Membrane Switch
In Episode 7, we talked to Mark Darby, Vice President of Sales for Lumitex, designers and developers of innovative lighting solutions. In this episode, we discuss how their flexible light technology has made them a leader in the world of lighting design. Mark also shares what markets are currently driving new business sales, how they work with customers to customize lighting solutions and what tests go into making sure all products are user ready. 
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3 Factors That Affect the Cost of a Membrane Switch

on 2/8/21 7:00 AM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Manufacturing Membrane Switch
"How much does it cost to make a membrane switch?” It’s a common question we get from customers (and likely one you’re pondering if you’re reading this article). Unfortunately, the short answer is…it depends. Since membrane switches are custom-made and include so many variables, it’s not feasible to provide a clear-cut estimate without first reviewing the specifications and discussing a few areas. However, based on our experience, three main factors impact the cost of manufacturing a membrane switch.
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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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Podcast: Neil Bolding of MacDermid Enthone on Membrane Switch Evolution

on 12/23/20 1:57 PM By | Casey Cephas | 0 Comments | Podcast Membrane Switch
In this episode, we talked to Neil Bolding, Technical Manager at MacDermid Enthone Industrial Solutions about the evolution of membrane switches. Membrane switches first entered the manufacturing scene nearly 40 years ago, and iterations of the technology have never ended. Neil shares with us why this tech is so trustworthy and where he sees them heading in 2021 and beyond.
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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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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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