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The most reliable and economical membrane switch is the non-tactile type. However, they do not give the user direct feedback from the switch. Using a LED indicator or display change can sometimes overcome this drawback.
Non-tactile switches also have the advantage of easily creating custom shapes and sizes of the active keypad areas.
Tactile membrane switches have a snap action that is clearly noticeable to the operator. Conductive stainless steel snap domes have the best action. They can also eliminate the need for a flexible upper circuit layer. To ease the final mating of the switch and avoid the possibility of a dome becoming inverted a .015" - .020" backing layer can be provided.
Hydro formed polydomes offer a milder tactile response and a narrower operating temperature range then the metal dome.
Because of the relatively short travel of membrane switches, it is often necessary to provide users with some type of feedback. Feedback can be visual, audible, or tactile. Visual or audible feedback should be a consideration in the electronics design. Domes can be added to a membrane switch to provide tactile feedback. There are two types of domes that we use in membrane switches, stainless steel and polyester. There is no significant difference in reliability between these two dome technologies.
Non-tactile and tactile switches can be mixed in the same panel. This can be desirable when a large active area is needed for a particular switch or perhaps hidden maintenance or programming switches.
A printed circuit board can be used for the lower circuit. The board can provide structural support and incorporate numerous surface mount components. This assembly can be bonded to your PCB or sub-contractors can be utilized to provide this type of construction.