Membrane Keypads

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Throughout the world, especially in more developed economies, electronic devices become more important to businesses and individuals on a daily basis. Read More…

Membrane Keypads Membrane keypads are user-equipment interface utilities that allow for the delivery of commands to electronic devices.

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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 $$$

Livermore, CA  |  925-960-9900

Since in 1976, Valmark Interface Solutions has a sterling record of providing highly engineered and reliable membrane, mechanical, capacitive switches — and other pointing and input devices — to many of the world’s largest OEM organizations. VIS has been dedicated to providing the best and most complete line of high-tech printed components available, and our vertically integrated manufacturing capabilities supports designs from initial rapid prototyping to full production.

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Valmark Interface Solutions, Inc. $$$

Frisco, TX  |  770-487-1950

Hoffmann + Krippner is a high-tech contract manufacturer for state-of-the-art custom input solutions ranging from keypad overlays, ultra-flat printed membrane sensors, printed electronics, to fully functioning backlit membrane switches and touch screen solutions including the electronics and enclosures. Due to in-house production capabilities and vertically integrated relationships within the HK Systems Group, H+K can supply individual components, build an entire solution, or take a raw idea from initial concept to final production.

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Hoffmann + Krippner Inc. $$$

Calabasas, CA  |  866-317-0208

Pacific West America, Inc. has spent the past 18 years developing high-quality membrane switches, control panels, and flex-circuits. Our team has the knowledge to make sure your membrane switch has the right appearance, lighting, and texture for your application.

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Pacific West America, Inc. $$$

Pomona, CA  |  909-784-6305

King Epoxy Emblem Technology Partners (KTP) is your go-to source for membrane switches. With our 16,900-square-foot facility, we have a broad range of capabilities such as in-house design and engineering support, warehousing, and turnkey assembly.

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King Epoxy Technology Partners (KTP) $$$
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Even in developing countries, where access to sources of electricity is irregular, electronic devices like mobile phones can be found everywhere. In order to interact with these devices, control systems like keypads, switches, panels and screens are necessary.

Membrane keypads are among the many user interface construction possibilities. They are used as button covers and displays on cell phones, automobile control panels, computer controls and even light switches. Industry, commerce and the consumer products market all rely on technology that integrates membrane keypads and other interface systems.

The personal computing industry, which serves almost every person in developed economies and a rising number of people in the developing world, depend heavily on keyboard production. Most personal computing keyboards involve moving parts like plastic keys; membrane keypads involve a sheet, usually of plastic, layered on top of a circuit board and printed with symbols.

Membrane keypads are more frequently used equipment control systems and in small consumer electronics applications, as most varieties are not practical for prolonged typing applications.

While membrane keypads are not as suitable for typing applications as plastic keyboards are, their qualities make them very suitable for other applications. Consumer electronics like mobile phones, kitchen utilities and even automobiles often involve the use of membrane keypads.

In telephones, membrane keypads are useful because they can be clearly printed with labels, they are not susceptible to build up of dirt because they feature no separated buttons and they are moderately resistant to accidental spills. This is also true of keypads for use in domestic utilities like blenders and other food preparation equipment. Membrane keypads usually consist of three layers.

The bottom layer of the keypad is fitted with circuitry that is connected to the rest of the electronic device. Above this layer is an electrical insulator, and above that layer is the membrane on which the symbols are printed. On the lower side of the membrane are conductive materials, which, when forced into contact with the bottom circuitry layer, completes an electrical circuit and sends a signal.

Some configurations also feature a layer of plastic or metal domes beneath the membrane, which, when depressed, makes a noise or offers resistance; this indicates to a user whether or not the keystroke has registered. Because there are so many membrane keypad possibilities, it is not difficult for electronic device manufacturers to find the right model for their products.

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