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07 Aug 2017

How does the Military use Membrane Keypads?

How does the Military use Membrane Keypads?

Membrane keypads are a vital part of a number of pieces of equipment used by the military across the world. When you’re defending your country, you need state-of-the-art technology and revolutionary machinery to defeat potential enemies and acquire the right intelligence. Much of this top grade military technology has now tricked down to consumer level, such as GPS and drone technology. Here at Fascia Graphics we produce bespoke membrane keyboards for a range of applications, and military equipment takes up a lot of our manufacturing work.

In production, membrane keyboard designs can be rolled out in vast numbers or bespoke units, from one to one million. Therefore, military services can take advantage of this service when producing handheld equipment for each team member or apparatus which needs to be duplicated and stored at bases around the world. From bomb disposal equipment to unmanned machinery, the majority of hi-tech gear used by the military requires some sort of membrane switch. Here are a few examples of how the army, the navy and the air force use membrane keypads.

Aerospace Electronics

Have you ever had the opportunity to view the cockpit in an aeroplane? You’ll be amazed by the number of controls and switches, and the complexity of the electronic systems. Military aircraft is even more intricate and requires the highest level of engineering. Membrane keypads are often used in aviation engineering.  

Communications

Defence communications technology is the best in the world, and the safety of our military depends on it. From thermal imaging cameras to wireless communications devices for intelligence purposes, it’s important that these often tiny pieces of machinery have effective controls.

Computers and Cyber

Cyber warfare is possibly the biggest threat most nations face today, and military services are investing more and more in ways to combat online threats and increase cyber security. New hardware and software is being designed to detect malicious activity and protect civilians from it.

Bomb Disposal

Bomb disposal units have an extremely difficult job in the field, and rely heavily on technology. The equipment bomb disposal experts use often have membrane keypad controls, and the remote team they are in communications with will also be using membrane powered devices.

Unmanned Technology

UAV technology has opened up a world of opportunities for military teams and drones are now a vital part of defence strategy. Most unmanned vehicles will require membrane keypads to work effectively.

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