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Because there are so many kinds of electronic devices that receive commands through switches and panels, a wide variety of switch and panel configurations are necessary to accommodate them. Read More…

Tactile Switches Tactile switches are user-equipment interface utilities that are characterized by a discernible response to the application of pressure by a user. All kinds of industrial, commercial and consumer products are accessed through switches, keyboards, panels, screens and other interfaces.
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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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The properties and characteristics of different switch varieties vary depending on their application. For example, a switch placed on an outdoor garage door opener must be shielded against variable weather and temperature conditions to a certain degree. An indoor switch, on the other hand, is less likely to be exposed to such hazards and does not require special protection from them.

Touch Sensitive Switch PanelTactile Switches - Douglas Corporation

An important innovation in the ongoing development of switch technology was the tactile switch. Simply put, switches are a way to send a signal to an electronic device. When a switch is pressed, it either closes or opens an electrical circuit, which changes the way the connected device operates.

Tactile switches distinguish themselves from other switch varieties in that their use involves a sensation that indicates to users whether or not the desired change to the connected circuit was effected by the depression of the switch.

In some cases when a switch is depressed, a circuit connection or breakage is not made. This can be because of inadequate switch depression or for other reasons. A tactile switch indicates to its user that the appropriate action has been performed by providing resistance up to a certain point during its depression. The force required to overcome this resistance is called actuation force. When sufficient force is applied beyond that point, the resistance of the switch is overcome.

This variability of actuation force, combined with an audible indication (a feature of many tactile switches), assures users that the intended change to a circuit has been made. Tactile switches are constructed in many shapes and sizes. In most cases, they feature a metal or plastic covering, inner switch equipment, conductive materials and resisting elements like a spring. Some are simply domes, which, when depressed sufficiently, suddenly collapse and then regain their shape when released.

Tactile switches come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and actuation forces. Using different sizes of metal domes or polydomes will vary the actuation force. Metal domes come in a large assortment of shapes and sizes with actuation forces between 180 to 700 grams; different polydome actuation forces can be achieved by changing the diameter and height of the polydome to meet specific requirements. Tactile switches are available for all kinds of applications and are among the most widely used switch varieties.

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