Membrane Switches

The Touch Point where People and Machines Interact

In its nearly 40 years as a company, VIS has a sterling record of providing highly engineered and reliable membrane, mechanical, capacitive switches — and other pointing and input devices — to many of the world’s largest OEM organizations.

Membrane switches can be thought of as a user interface like touch screens, plastic keyboards, toggle switches and many other kinds of control systems. The buttons and controls can be as simple as tactile switches for controlling lighting, and they can be as complicated as membrane keyboards and switch panels for use with computers. The main benefits of membrane switches include their low profile, ease of cleaning, sealing capabilities, and wide design flexibility. Membrane switch can be used together with other control systems such as touch screens, keyboards, lighting, and they can also be complicated like the membrane keyboards and switch panels in mobiles and computers. Membrane switches are reliable, effective, low-cost user interfaces, suitable for a wide range of products and across multiple end-use applications and markets.

Our experienced applications engineering staff will consult with you about options for materials, panel construction, design, engineering, safeguarding methods, graphics, product life expectancies and cost efficiencies for all types and configurations of switching and sensing technologies.

  • Typical Membrane Switch Features

    Tactile and Non-tactile

      - Metal domes

      - Polyester domes (i.e. "Polydomes")

      - Graphic domes

    PET, Flex (Kapton), PCB

    Gaskets and IPC conformaance

    Embedded components (LEDs)

    LCD or LCD window options

    ESD, EMI, or RFI shielding

    Backlighting (LED, optical fiber, EL)

    Backer panels (steel, aluminum, PMMA)

    Housings and HLA integration 

  • Additional Options for Membrane Switches

    Multiple activation forces (200-1500g)

    Excellent temperature resistance

    Thin and low-profile

    Various embossing options available

    Unlimited design limitations (shapes and sizes)

    Up to 1 million actuations

    100ohms closed switch resistance, typical

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