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Membrane keyboards

Membrane keyboards technical datasheet & User manual

Foil keyboard is a popular solution of switch and control units at automation instruments, medical devices, vehicle insudtry.

Its advantages over other traditional solutions:

  • Excellent usability in extreme conditions. Extreme uses include installation in outdoor, high-altitude and dry environment. They withstand extreme temperature and pressure variations.
  • Its installation is simple (strong adhesive layer can be sticked on most surfaces), requires a small place on the front part of the unit (from total thickness of 0,5 mms).
  • The design of electrical control panel is simplified by inner circuit layout of the keyboard.
  • Cost-effective solution for large and medium scale productions.
  • Hygienic, easy to clean user surface.
  • Long life, 1 million - 5 million keystrokes.

General types:

  • Foil switching, touch type: the contact surface is the conductive layer on the inner side of the graphic foil, which in case of touch closes the circuit of the lower contact foil.
  • Foil switching, switching feeling: The contact surface is on the inner side of the curved graphic foil, which in case of press rotates and closes the circuit of the bottom contact foil.
  • Click effect: Molded stainless steel domes are built to the circuit of the lower contact foil, which provides a high-precision (swing ahead to a determined power) and chattering-free switching. From the switch the user can be informed by the click effect.

Graphic solutions:

Graphic design is made by using sieve printing and digital printing technology. Design foils can be realized by a variety of surface structures.

General foil types:

  • Dull-velvet structure foil
  • Finely structured fine-type foil
  • Bright Foils

Display windows:

  • It is possible to make water clear window to dull foils (for displays). These windows have high hardness (high scratch resistance) and chemical resistance.

  • Coloured (dull transparent and water clear transparent) windows, for LEDs and displays.

Keys embossing:

Buttons of the keyboard and the front foils can be made with different patterned and height embossing. The possible forms of design can be seen here.

Frame embossing

Normally the high of embossing is 0.3 mm. This is good touchable, easy produceable and suitable for general keypad constructions.

Surface / flat embossing

Normally the high of embossing is 0.3 mm. This is good touchable, easy produceable and suitable for general keypad constructions.

Dome embossing

Normally the high of embossing is 0.5 mm. It has tactile effect, good touchable and suitable for general keypad constructions.

 

 

Switching arrangements

Matrix circuit

Popular solution in case of many buttons keypads where important the few ways connection. Thanks for it the FP connection cable width will be lower and keypad will be more space efficient.

Common potention circuit

Popular solution where have only few buttons because it provide easy electrical control solution and cost effective keypad.

Dividual buttons circuit

Popular solution where needed the independent potention of buttons.

 

 

LED integration

If you wish we can integrate SMD LED's into the keypad. LED's inserted with conductive silver paste, help with dispenser machine. All placed LED's protected with UV cured glue.

  

 

Connection

The flexible outlet of the keyboard can be connected to the control electronics in two ways.

  1. The outlet is equipped with clincher or crimped terminal with connector housing. In this case the connector of the control panel can be a standard 2:54 pin header, too.

 

        2.The outlet is made to ZIF/FFC connection, which is beneficial for smaller spacing (from 1.25 mm).