UV Nitrogen Hard Coat Textures for Membrane Switch Applications

Top-Quality Membrane Switch Coatings

In the 1990s the demand for durable, scratch- and chemical-resistant UV coatings reached its peak. The best method for producing these coatings required curing specialty inks in an inert, oxygen-free atmosphere, and so the UV nitrogen dryer, which floods the environment with nitrogen, became the equipment of choice. Many UV nitrogen dryers also incorporated plasma bulbs at the head of the dryer that cured the very top layer of ink to create a skin that could be controllably wrinkled to varying degrees, offering a wide variety of surface textures from a single ink. Read more “UV Nitrogen Hard Coat Textures for Membrane Switch Applications”

Difference Between Contract Manufacturing & Private Label

What is best for your business?

There is a lot of confusion regarding the subtle differences between contract manufacturing and private labeling. There are advantages and disadvantages to each method, and either can work well depending on the product and the requirements of the buyer. The end goal for both methods is the same, to procure a great product that customers will buy! Read more “Difference Between Contract Manufacturing & Private Label”

Understanding Product Life Cycle Management for Consumer Electronics Products

Today’s consumer products have dramatically shorter life cycles than products from just twenty years ago. This is especially prevalent among consumer electronic products, which are often designed with obsolescence in mind so they don’t last longer than the next iteration. The home video player is an excellent example. Read more “Understanding Product Life Cycle Management for Consumer Electronics Products”

4 Reasons to Consider a Milwaukee Manufacturer

Price, manufacturing location, shipping cost, and level of customer support are just a few of the factors a company should consider when choosing a new supplier. Offshoring can be great for a well-established company with a lot of experience working in Asia or South America. But it may be an unfamiliar and risky supply chain process for a smaller company or start-up. Read more “4 Reasons to Consider a Milwaukee Manufacturer”

Flexible Rubber Keyboard: How are Bendable Keypads Made & Why Do We Use Them?

What Is a Flexible Keyboard?

A flexible keyboard is a keypad made from silicone or other soft polymers that bend and flex. It could be a qwerty, numeric or even a customized keyboard designed for any application. They’re durable, water resistant and virtually indestructible. Read more “Flexible Rubber Keyboard: How are Bendable Keypads Made & Why Do We Use Them?”

Intellectual Property: How to Protect Your Valuable IP During Manufacturing in China

What Is Intellectual Property?

Put simply, your intellectual property (IP) is the idea, invention, or process behind your product, a creation of your intellect. This is a wide-ranging category that includes, among other things, trademarks, copyrights, patents, and trade secrets. The person who owns the IP has the power to decide how their IP is used and by whom. Read more “Intellectual Property: How to Protect Your Valuable IP During Manufacturing in China”

What is a Tactile Keypad?

Tactile keypads are simply keypads that have been specifically designed to give feedback to the user upon actuation. For example, when a button is pushed on a non-tactile keypad, the user’s finger presses against the visual representation of a button. The user does not know at what point they have actuated the button unless there is some type of visual signal. On the other hand, a tactile keypad provides a ‘snap’ feel or ‘click’ providing the user haptic feedback. This feedback lets the user know that they have actuated the keypad. Read more “What is a Tactile Keypad?”