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Resistive Touchscreens: Low-Cost Solution vs. Capacitive Screen

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on October 19, 2021 at 10:43 AM

Touchscreens are everywhere. From the coffee maker in the breakroom to the smartwatch on your child’s wrist to the in-flight entertainment system on your commuter flight, touchscreen technologies are a part of our everyday lives. As touchscreens continue to become intertwined in our culture, they help make everyday tasks that much simpler and improve the ease of use for all kinds of electronics.

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Human-Machine Interface Design Options to Meet MIL-STD Requirements

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on September 20, 2021 at 10:19 AM

Our nation’s warfighters demand the highest reliability vehicles, weapons, and communication systems that exist. Lives depend on these products working the first time and every time. They rely on the quality and reliability of the electronics behind their state-of-the-art systems.

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Supply Chain Challenges on the Electronics and Manufacturing Industry

Written by Kendall Paradise
Posted on August 23, 2021 at 10:13 AM

The last 18 months have been some of the most challenging that many of us have had to deal with both personally and professionally. It has often felt like we were riding waves, coming closer to things getting a little more normal, only to have them change radically. Looking forward to the next 18 months, I don’t see those changes getting any easier for us or our industry.

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Membrane Switch Material for Sterilization and Autoclave Application

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on July 29, 2021 at 9:13 AM

Specific to medical devices, handheld electronics, rack-mounted equipment, and other instrumentation utilize membrane switches as a low-cost and high-reliability solution for keypad and button technologies. There are countless button and switch options available for the plethora of design requirements that exist. Medical professionals use these buttons as the primary way to interface and operate the device.

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Incorporating Low-Cost NVIS Materials into Your Avionics Bezel

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on January 27, 2021 at 9:15 AM

There are many forms of Night Vision Imaging Systems (NVIS) that help our nation’s warfighters, pilots, and other professionals. Known as Night Vision Goggles (NVG), these devices are highly specialized and amplify various wavelengths of light allowing the user to “see” in darkness.

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The Pros and Cons of Building a Prototype HMI for Electronic Devices

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on October 20, 2020 at 9:13 AM

It is not often we build an electronic device without any sort of prototyping, but it can happen given the nature of the project and the deadlines being met. If a customer needs a Human-Machine Interface (HMI) to hit the floor in 2 months, the time to develop and build a prototype is strained as both the customer and design engineers will want to test it and provide feedback.

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Three Options to Adding a Cable to a Rigid PCB Front Panel HMI

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on July 31, 2020 at 9:23 AM

Front panels, bezels, and other types of human to machine interface equipment use several circuit technologies to operate. These circuit types usually involve some form of printed or etched traces using conductive materials like copper and conductive ink. These custom layouts are routed across insulating sheets and films, eventually becoming circuit boards and flex circuits. Dome switches, LEDs, and touchscreens can be added to these everyday circuit boards, bringing them to life as a high-technology HMI solution.

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Incorporating Transparent Capacitive Touch Switches

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on April 13, 2020 at 9:21 AM

The use of capacitive touch switch technology is widespread and becoming more frequent each day. Capacitive touch switches are common on thousands of everyday devices including gas station pumps, smartphones, lamps, automobile dashboards, and even the smart speaker in your home.

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5 Tips to Operate LCD Displays in Cold Environments

Written by Steven J Goodman
Posted on March 12, 2020 at 10:57 AM

The use of liquid crystal displays (LCDs) in user interface assemblies is widespread across nearly all industries, locations, and operating environments. Over the last 20 years, the cost of LCD displays has significantly dropped, allowing for this technology to be incorporated into many of the everyday devices we rely on.

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The Many Layers of HMIs and What They Do

Written by Epec Engineered Technologies
Posted on November 6, 2019 at 9:20 AM

As a premier supplier of human-machine interface (HMI) solutions, our engineers work with and design several types of membrane switches. From tactile and non-tactile response switches to the emerging technology of capacitive touch switches, we have provided proven quality for our customers depending on their needs.

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