General Label’s durable, cost-effective membrane switches engage with the user to effectively function in any environment, no matter how demanding. Our membrane switches are typically constructed with multiple layers of polycarbonate, polyester and 3M™ pressure sensitive adhesive.
General Label has an in-house high-speed precision component placement machine, an HP Indigo press, a digital flatbed press and a custom-built laser machine. We constantly strive to have the best quality machines to deliver the modern, functional membrane switches you need.
What Are Membrane Switches?
Membrane switches are user-equipment interface utilities that allow for the communication of commands from users to electronic devices and equipment. An example of a membrane switch we use every day is a microwave. Unlike mechanical switches made of copper and plastic parts, a membrane switch is a circuit printed on polyester or ITO conductive film. The ink used for screen printing is usually silver or graphite filled and therefore conductive. The end result are buttons that are easy on the hands, graphically pleasing and made to withstand regular use.
Switch Option Types
We have a variety of options available for your membrane switch.
Tactile touch provides the user a physical response when a key is pressed (like pushing keys on a keyboard and seeing letters appear on your screen). A tactile membrane switch is created by adding metal/polyester domes or by forming your graphic keys. Domes are available in a variety of sizes and actuating forces.
Non-tactile touch keys don’t provide a physical response. Non-tactile switches are extremely cost effective, use a thinner profile and are simpler to construct.
Unlike a traditional button, a capacitive switch can detect the presence of your finger and the absence of your finger without you needing to push a button. Capacitive touch membrane switches can also be designed for “light” touches where your finger barely touches a feature on the overlay panel. General Label can incorporate both capacitive touch and traditional membrane switch technology into your membrane switch.