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A mechanical switch is generally made of plastic parts and copper. A membrane switch, on the other hand, is a circuit printed on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) or indium tin oxide (ITO). The ink with which a membrane switch is printed is usually copper, silver or graphite, all conductive materials. Read More…

Membrane Switch Panels A membrane switch is an electrical switch used to turn a circuit on and off.
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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 Technologies is a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative membrane switches, graphic overlays and electronic interfaces. We can produce tactile and non-tactile switches and keypads, as well as add features such as backlighting and environmental protection. We also offer quick-turn prototype design and production. Since 1991, we have been serving industries such as industrial, medical, military, and avionics.

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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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Many membrane switches require some sort of support so that, for example, a user can push an activation switch successfully. These supports are called membrane switch panels. In addition to supporting switching functions, membrane switch panels also enhance the final product with a tailored decorative appearance. Switch panels may be on the front, back or both.

Membrane switch back panels can be produced using many materials, the most common being aluminum. Aluminum panels can be bare, iridited, alodined, painted or anodized. Other types of membrane switch back panels include plastic injected molded cases/front covers, other metal panels, circuit board materials, stainless steel, acrylic, polycarbonate and ABS.

Plastic injected molded case panels consist of a molded cavity that receives the membrane switch, parting lines, bosses and injector pin marks. The molded cavity allows the membrane switch to be flush with the case surface. Manufacturers must take care to keep everything else away from the switch button locations, to ensure a lack of switch actuation issues. These membrane switch panels are popular in the medical industry.

Typically made of aluminum or steel, metal back panels are popular in industrial applications. They are commonly coated with a protective finish to prevent corrosion. A very common metal and finish combination is black anodized aluminum, as it conforms to any shape, size or thickness that the membrane switch requires.

Printed circuit boards (PCBs) may be used as panels when they lack circuitry. They allow for similar hardware to be installed as metal panels, which allows the panel to be lighter and non-conducive. This type of membrane switch panel is most commonly used in portable equipment that needs to be lighter, such as phone systems and radio controllers.

Membrane switch panels have applications in many industries, including military, defense, aerospace, audio, medical, food and beverage, time management and home security. More specifically, they may be used in dash boards, control cases, GPS, ATMs, self-checkout machines, vending machines, kiosks and more. Membrane switch panels may be designed using a number of custom design options, such as associated electronic assemblies, simple or two-stage backlighting, EMC protection, sealing, reinforced sealing and custom support plating.

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