Membrane Switch Panels

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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.

Leading Manufacturers

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 $$$

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) $$$

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. $$$
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Switch Panel Manufacturing Switch Panel Manufacturing - Douglas Corporation

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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