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Capacitive Touch HMI Overlay and Materials

Written by Steven J Goodman - User Interface & Cable Assembly Product Manager
Posted on July 17, 2018 at 6:00 AM

As capacitive touch human machine interface (HMI) assemblies become more popular, both designers and users are becoming more familiar with the technology as it replaces traditional mechanical HMI products. These capacitive touch HMIs can be used in extreme environments, with users wearing gloves, and can operate reliably for years.

Just as a mechanical HMI (membrane switches, tactile switches, etc.) relies on the overlay material properties to determine system function, capacitive touch HMIs rely on the overlay material properties to drive capacitive touch sensitivity and overall system performance.

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Firmware Development Basics For SMART HMIs

Written by Steven J Goodman - User Interface & Cable Assembly Product Manager
Posted on July 9, 2018 at 1:36 PM

When our customers are in the preliminary stages of launching a new SMART HMI project, they typically reach out seeking advice on the best way to start. With what can amount to a near infinite number of HMI design options and system feature combinations, brainstorming an embedded firmware project can quickly become overwhelming. Where does one begin? How does the firmware work? What level of detail is required now?

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The Right Way to Keep Costs Down For High Reliability HMI Devices

Written by Steven J Goodman - User Interface & Cable Assembly Product Manager
Posted on November 16, 2017 at 10:45 AM

Recently I spent the weekend at a family member’s home and experienced two failures of everyday human-machine interfaces (HMI) devices that truly perplexed me. One was a collapsed dome switch on a spa controller; the other was a graphical display error on a touchscreen coffee maker.

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Innovative HMI Technology and Design Advancements

Written by Steven J Goodman - User Interface & Cable Assembly Product Manager
Posted on September 12, 2017 at 1:23 PM

Over the last 25 years, the evolution of touch screen technologies has brought sweeping changes to how society uses human-machine interface (HMI) products. Originally touch screens were small, monochrome, and required a stylus and single touchpoint to operate.

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7 Advantages of Using a Full Service HMI Supplier

Written by Steven J Goodman - User Interface & Cable Assembly Product Manager
Posted on August 25, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Manufacturing complete human-machine interface (HMI) assemblies can be a complex and difficult journey, which is especially true if it involves more than one supplier. This blog post mentions a few of the great advantages of being able to work with a single full service HMI supplier.

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Using SMART Human-Machine Interfaces to Improve User Experience

Written by Steven J Goodman - User Interface & Cable Assembly Product Manager
Posted on August 7, 2017 at 3:23 PM

In all likelihood right now as you read this post, there is a smartphone somewhere on your person, on your desk, or otherwise within reach. These products have become much more than just a means to communicate with others.

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Making Your SMART User Interface Design Weatherproof

Written by Victor Ho - Mechanical Engineer
Posted on July 25, 2017 at 2:46 PM

When creating your SMART user interface design, the operating environment should be taken into careful consideration. Environmental contaminants, moisture, temperature extremes, UV radiation, and overall wear and tear from use in outdoor environments are factors that should be considered before determining material and component selection for your SMART user interface.

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Smart HMI Design To Production Timeline

Written by Victor Ho - Mechanical Engineer
Posted on July 13, 2017 at 1:55 PM

Before designing your custom human-machine interface project, it's important to have an idea of all the steps involved before and during production. Each step has variable length so while there isn't an exact timeframe for production, having a more informed viewpoint is critical to everyone's ability for following HMI design best practices.

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Advancements in Medical Device User Interface Assembly Materials

Written by Ed McMahon - CEO
Posted on October 20, 2016 at 12:38 PM

Advancements in user interface assembly construction methods are often overlooked in HMI applications, becoming an afterthought while too many people assume that the older graphics, adhesive, rubber, and backlighting technologies all stay the same. This is not the case, especially within medical device HMI manufacturing.

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3 Benefits Of Lower Costs For HMI Manufacturers

Written by Ed McMahon - CEO
Posted on July 21, 2016 at 1:37 PM

Continued improvements to the human-machine interface (HMI) manufacturing process across entire electronic industries have made technology once widely considered too expensive for most applications now accessible within many design budgets.

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