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11 May 2018

How the Manufacturing Industry uses Membrane Keypads

How the Manufacturing Industry uses Membrane Keypads

Membrane keypads and membrane keyboards are commonplace in manufacturing. The majority of electrical equipment requires some sort of membrane switch, which means there will be an element of user interface for almost all manufactured electric products. Aside from the production line, the machinery involved in the production of the products will also most probably be robotic or controlled manually by membrane keypads.

Whether a factory is manufacturing consumer or commercial products, it will likely be using membrane switches as a component. Have a look at some of our examples below to see how membrane keypads are used within the manufacturing sector.

Human-machine Interaction

In factories and industrial plants where the production line is in full swing, there has to be some form of communication between the machinery and the staff. Even though most of the process is now automated, there still needs to be a level of interaction with the technology, and membrane keypads are often the most reliable way because of their durability and the protection against liquids, dust and chemicals.

Safety and Communications

In terms of some of the most important products manufactured featuring membrane keypads, safety alarms and protection systems are in this category. For example, many fire alarms, emergency response buttons and call systems require a membrane keyboard for functionality. Fascia Graphics has worked closely with companies who produce these safety products, including emergency voice communication systems for disabled refuge areas. Read the full case study for more details about how the customised membrane keypads and graphic overlays were featured in these critical communications designs.

Military Grade/Medical Equipment

The manufacture of equipment for the medical or military sector is also significant, and may require bespoke controls and solutions. Membrane keypads can be employed on life saving machines and monitors for use in hospitals, care homes and other medical environments. Reliability and durability is of high importance in these instances.

Telecoms

The telecoms industry requires not only sturdy and robust keypads, but sophisticated membrane switches which allow for data entry and bespoke displays. Telecoms products need to be manufactured with care and customised membrane keypads fitted individually to ensure maximum operation efficiency.

Membrane keypads are an essential part of the manufacturing process. To find out more about how Fascia Graphics works with the UK manufacturing sector as a manufacturer in its own right, visit the sectors part of the website.

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