Anatomy of a Silver Flex Membrane Switch Infographic

Silver Flex membrane switches are the most common construction for flexible, custom membrane keypads. It is also the most popular membrane switch construction due to its affordability. But what exactly are the parts that make up a membrane switch? What design options are available for each of these pieces? And what are the benefits of …

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Sourcing Membrane Switches: A Checklist

Selecting a membrane switch supplier should be easy. However, seemingly simple printed keypads can cause a lot of problems such as unexpected costs, poor material choices, manufacturing inexperience and just plain poor customer service. To make sure your next switch order meets your requirements and expectations, here is a quick checklist of the top five …

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Implementing Light Guide Film Backlighting

The engineers at Pannam can integrate backlighting into your membrane switch using any of four different technologies (Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), Electroluminescent (EL) Lighting, Fiber Optic Lighting and Light Guide Film) depending upon your requirements. This document focuses on Light Guide Film – what it is, when to use it and considerations prior to designing …

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The Most Important First Step in the PCB Design Process: 16 Electrical Engineering Pros & PCB Design Experts Weigh In

PCB design is an intricate process requiring careful consideration of a variety of factors and attention to the tiniest details. Fail to pay attention to these minute details, and you may end up tossing aside weeks of work to start anew when you realize that your failure to account for a material consideration or a …

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How to Choose the Right Switch Technology for Your Product

Product engineers and electrical engineers have many choices when it comes to switch technology for their products. The switch is the component that breaks an electrical circuit and either interrupts the current or diverts it from one conductor to another. Typical switches include capacitive switches, mechanical switches, and membrane switches. Engineers also choose from flexible …

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The Engineer’s Guide to Printed Electronics: Technologies, Standards, Materials and More

It seems like everyone’s getting excited about innovations in printed electronics. To the layperson, printed electronics is a new and exciting technology. But to the engineer, printed electronics is a well-established practice that continues to advance.  In its simplest form, printed electronics is the process of printing electrically functional inks or other materials on a …

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What is User Interface Design? Product Design Principles, UI Trends, and More

A Definition of User Interface Design A user interface (UI) is the part of a machine, product, or device with which a person interacts. Usually visual and tactile in nature, a user interface is what an individual uses to make a machine or product do what he wants it to do. The user interface should …

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How to Choose the Right Printed Electronics for Your Product: Cost, 2D vs. 3D Printing and Other Considerations

Printed electronics are used in more products today than ever before, as technology continues to advance and inkjet printers become more capable of printing electrical circuits faster and at a lower cost. Product designers and engineers rely on printed electronics for flexible screens, intelligent labels and packaging, OLEDs, medical devices, wearables, and other products. But, …

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21 Engineers and Product Designers Reveal the Single Best Way to Balance HMI Design and Usability

Human-machine interface (HMI) design is one of the most critical aspects of product design. It’s a delicate balance of form and function, facilitating communication between machines or devices and the humans that operate them. HMIs must support the product’s functionality in a way that’s user-friendly for the humans tasked with operating the machine. In other words, …

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4 Must-Follow User Interface Design Principles

UI designers face the challenge of designing user interfaces that not only are functional but also are aesthetically pleasing and able to meet consumer expectations. Design a UI that is too confusing, and consumers or users won’t use the product. Design a UI that is too simplistic, and consumers will view your product as subpar. The …

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