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23 Oct 2017

Why Membrane Keypads are so Versatile

Why Membrane Keypads are so Versatile

A membrane keypad, also known as a membrane switch, has many purposes and are used in many applications. From everyday household items and office equipment such as microwaves and photocopiers, to complex machinery and engineering controls used in aviation and rail, membrane keypads are incredibly versatile and offer a high quality user experience.

For over 30 years the membrane keyboard has been an essential component to many electronic devices. While the concept of the flat screen interface remains the same, there have been many innovations and improvements which have advanced the design. Today you can include LED backlighting, tactile feedback and choose from a range of material and finishes.

Here are just some reasons why membrane keypads have remained consistent throughout the years and are versatile enough to be used across all industries.

Reliable

The circuitry of the switch and the graphic overlay of the keypad is always reliable, even in the harshest conditions. They are the perfect solution for any application where you need to input data or select manual functions, and Fascia Graphics membrane keyboards are renowned for reliability.

Low cost

Because membrane keypads are usually manufactured in large numbers, they can be designed and produced at a fairly low cost. Bulk orders are normally required, so bespoke membrane keypads are manufactured in a cost effective way.

Endless design options

Nowadays the choices are limitless when it comes to designing your ideal membrane keypad. You can have your say when it comes to the material used, the legend and logo inserts, backlighting and embossing. All of these options offer more versatility for the user and allows the membrane keyboard to adapt to different applications and surroundings.

Suitability

In many sectors such as catering, medical and military, high standards need to be met and all products need to be fit for purpose. Membrane keypads are designed with suitability in mind, and can be manufactured with special resistant materials to meet certain needs and requirements. For example the keypad will not be affected if it comes into contact with extreme heat, chemicals or UV rays. Material options include:

  • UV resistant
  • Chemical resistant
  • Anti-microbial resistant

All Fascia Graphics products can be designed to industry standards such as:

  • ATEX approved membrane keypads
  • UL approved membrane switches
  • IP54, IP65, IP67 rated

Membrane keyboards are versatile because they are used across so many different industries and often designed for commercial use. With so much freedom in design, clients can create the perfect solution for their application. Contact us to find out more about membrane keypads and the options available.

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