There are so many innovative ways to create a custom membrane switch keypad for your business. That’s why it’s important to have a good idea of what you’re looking for, such as your wants, needs and expectations. To help you out, here are 10 things to consider when planning your project.
What you’re looking for
It all starts here. Whether you want to get something customized, optimize what you already have, or simply want a model that’s more pleasing to the eye, it has to be clear to your engineers from the get-go. Plus, it definitely has its perks. If they know your goals, they would be happy to explain how your keypad can maximize the space you have and optimize the user experience. That’s what they’re there for!
How you feel about your HMI solutions
Your new membrane switch keypad should be an upgrade. Think about how you feel about your current HMI and tell your engineer. If there are things you want to keep or elements that you can do without, it’s useful to know when configuring your design plan.
How your keypad will be used
Engineers need to know where and who will be using your keypad to decide what material to use, as well as it’s size, thickness, adhesive type, and other protective considerations. Elements like metal domes for improved tactile feedback or backlighting keys for visibility are heavily dependent on this information.
What standards you need to follow
Some manufacturers must follow requirements outlined in the UL94 standard concerning the flammability of plastic components installed in appliances, the IP standards that measure product sealing and all applicable NEMA standards. It’s important to be aware of which policies apply to you, whether for traceability or sanitizing and disinfecting, so they can be met.
The space your keypad will fit in
If you want a perfectly-fit solution, measure the space available for your membrane switch keypad carefully and share the numbers with your engineer. Obstacles like doors nearby and outlets are just as important to signal. Modern 3D modelling techniques allow engineers to preview spaces with the design of your keypad to make sure everything is as it should be. The more information, the better!
What your budget is like
We said it. If you let your manufacturer in on how much you plan on spending for your project, they’ll work to get it done in a way that meets the highest standards, all while being wallet-friendly.
Would you want to have a prototype?
Having a 3D model or prototype of your design gives you a sneak peak at the development stage and spot anything that needs to be changed before production. In short, it helps you identify issues sooner than later.
Are your files organized?
CAD or 3D files, as well as Vector files for your illustrations are usually needed to process an order. Your manufacturer might be able to offer a vector image creation and 3D modelling service that can help you with just that!
When you want your project to be ready
The type of membrane switch keypad that works best for you depends on your timeline. All providers work differently, so choosing the right manufacturer is essential to guarantee a streamlined process from start to finish.
What you have planned long-term
There’s no harm in planning for the future. Add-ons, updates and optimisations are only a few things that you can begin think ahead about. Sharing them with your manufacturer can save you money and give you an understanding of what’s realistic. Don’t be shy to use the expertise and know-how of engineers.
Take it from us, designing and manufacturing high-quality membrane switch keypads for the electronics, industrial and consumer industries is no easy feat. But with state-of-the-art equipment and engineering, these challenges are easily surmountable.
If you want to take your products to the next level with the most reliable membrane switches on the market, look no further. Our engineering team will be more than happy to work with you to find the best option for your needs.