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What Start-up Device Developers Need to Know About Membrane Touch Switches

What Start-up Device Developers Need to Know About Membrane Touch Switches
Paul Petersen

When it came to developing a reliable means of a proper on and off switch for circuits (among other uses), there was a time when the membrane switch was not considered one of them. When it was first developed, whilst it was generally easy to install and make use of because of how compact it was, it simply wasn’t reliable enough to be used in some of the more hostile environments. It was too easy for foreign objects to get stuck in sensitive areas and for the membrane switch to eventually degrade because of it.

However, with technological advancement, it has had a surprising effect on the membrane switch over the years. Whereas it used to be ridiculed for breaking down too quickly, technology has finally caught up enabling membrane switches to be used by many different industries thanks to their many different applications. However, it can be difficult to understand the importance of membrane switches for device developers who have never used them.

Why the membrane switch could be just the thing for you

It can be difficult to develop a means of activating and operating certain pieces of machinery because of the amount of space required to build a proper circuit. More often than not it needs an entire board to take full advantage of what the machinery is capable of. For these situations, membrane switches are a godsend because of how easy they are to implement. The membrane switch is made of very thin and very pliable materials, so you don’t need a great amount of space to implement it. The only thing it needs is to be developed to cater to the requirements of the circuitry, and there are many services out there which can accomplish this for you. Whether you need a detailed graphics overlay or a Membrane Keypad, there is no shortage of services available.

Flexible and reliable

In the past, the lack of quality materials to make membrane switches more durable meant that it was only a temporary solution, the switch would work for a short while before breaking. Now that membrane switches no longer suffer from this problem, their added longevity has opened up their potential. The high conductivity makes it an excellent choice, alongside the fact that it has silver and carbon conductors. This gives plenty of practical application options in multiple industries. There is currently no other technology that provides the function better than a membrane switch can.

To conclude, it can be amazing what technological achievements can be made in the space of a few years. For the membrane switch, none of its key features have changed; it is still almost exactly the same as it has always been – only it is now capable of delivering on its promise of diversity and reliability. For the start-up device developer, if you are in need of a way to reliably operate machinery without having to rely on cumbersome methods, the membrane switch might just be what you need.

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