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They are printed, embossed or otherwise marked with shapes that correspond with commands. Because of the wide extent to which graphic overlays are used throughout industry, commerce and in consumer products contexts, graphic overlays are very important to the proper functioning of all kinds of industrial, commercial and consumer electronic utilities. Read More…

Graphic Overlays Graphic overlays, in the context of end-user interface accessories, are symbols and signs used to identify the location and function of buttons on a membrane keypad.
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Eden Prairie, MN  |  800-806-6113

Our membrane switches are known for their high-quality and affordable prices. We work hard to find the precise parts that will work with your every need. It is our goal to create a relationship with you that is beneficial to both parties.

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ALUDEC USA $$$

Perry, NY  |  800-227-5718

JN White is an ISO 9001:2015 and ITAR-certified manufacturer of membrane switches, graphic overlays, and custom labels. We nimbly handle projects big and small and have the uncommon ability to translate what our customers need into high-quality, high-precision outcomes.

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JN White $$$

Watertown, CT  |  800-853-5617

ECI uses a co-designing approach to work collaboratively with our customers, and to create aesthetically pleasing and mechanically functional products. Our graphic overlay capabilities include computerized color matching, backlighting, window tints, rapid prototyping, and many more. Whether your application is in the medical, industrial, or military, our team of experts will develop a graphic overlay that is built to last.

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ECI Technologies $$$

Santa Ana, CA  |  800-228-6693

Membrane switches are our business, and for over 40 years we have remained a leading manufacturer in our industry. We credit our success to our innovative products, manufacturing techniques, and dedication to customers. We have a mission of providing the most competitive prices and expert engineering in the business today.

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Weber Precision Graphics $$$

Chaska, MN  |  800-959-0108

Founded in 1972, Dyna-Graphics is a world leader in membrane switch technology. Dyna-Graphics’ membrane switch technology product line includes rubber keypads, graphic overlays, touch screens, printed circuit boards, printed circuit board assemblies, and flexible printed circuit boards for membrane switches and rubber keypads, as well as environmentally sealed membrane switches.

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Dyna-Graphics Corporation $$$
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In industrial settings, graphic overlays allow professionals to give commands to their equipment. Automated machine tools, shipping and handling equipment and all kinds of other electronic devices used in industrial processes involve membrane keypads and keyboards, all of which must be marked in some way in order to be useful.

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The same is true for a host of commercial utilities like telephones, cleaning equipment and door access control systems. In homes, membrane keypads can be found on many kinds of domestic utilities like dishwashers, ovens, food processors and even on children's toys.

Membrane keypads offer several advantages over individual key-based keyboards and keypads. Because there is no separation between keys on a membrane keypad, there is less opportunity for collection of dirt or exposure to spills. Many membrane keypads' graphic overlays, because of their composition, are naturally resistant to contaminant exposure.

Graphic overlays can be constructed of polycarbonate, polyester, acrylics and many other materials in a wide variety of gloss levels, textures, hardnesses, and gages. Each overlay may have many different colors, complex graphics, transparent windows, embossed keys, and wide variety of cut-out areas. Since they must endure operator contact, graphic overlays are built to withstand use by being printed on durable but flexible material.

Graphic overlays can also be used in tandem with tactilely-enhancing switches. Such tactile switches involve the incorporation of a plastic or metal dome beneath the overlay, which, when depressed, offers resistance and (in some cases) an audible confirmation of keystroke registry. Printed textures also provide chemical and UV resistance, physical surface protection, and longer wear time.

Overlays may also be backlit or have dead fronts, which are buttons that can only be seen when backlit.

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