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JN White: Always Looking to Innovate

JN White started in 1960 as a humble screen printing company; today we develop products for customers looking for items ranging from membrane switches to gaskets and lenses. To bring your unique vision to life, we rely on an in-house network of employees in departments like mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and mechatronic engineering.

IQS Featured Profile: GOT Interface

Founded in 1992, originally called Printec USA Inc., GOT Interface is a leading manufacturer of membrane switches and name plates, using the latest technology to meet their customers’ demanding requirements. With locations on both the West and East Coast of the United States and Global Headquarters in New Taipei City, Taiwan, GOT Interface employs over 800 workers in total and is able to supply products to clients around the world with the highest level of customer service. The 135,000 sq. ft. factory houses both a full-scale design center and a test lab, which ensures quality throughout the production cycle.

IQS Featured Profile: Membrane Switch and Panel, Inc.

With over thirty years of experience in meeting or exceeding the needs of market leading OEM customers, Membrane Switch and Panel, Inc. is a company that you can depend on to get the quality products your industry needs. They take pride in the high quality put into all their products that are made right here, in the United States. A family owned and operated company, located in Orange County, California, they are known for going the distance to provide exceptional levels of customer service.

Understanding the Value of Membrane Switches

If you’re having trouble understanding how and why membrane switches are useful and important tools, consider this situation. You and a few friends have gathered in your living room to watch a game on TV. The gathering involves a lot of food and drinks, which, combined with spontaneous outbursts in reaction to the game, is a recipe for disaster. One of your friends, whose personality is characterized by a combination of hyper excitability and limited spatial awareness, inadvertently knocks a plate of sticky snacks over onto your remote, which is on the floor. There are two ways that this story could end.

Custom Membrane Switches Have Much to Offer

If you’ve ever watched weekday daytime television, depending on the channel you watched, you’re likely to have seen commercial after commercial advertising health insurance policies to retired people. One of the incentives they often offer is some small, free gift, such as a calculator or another kind of small electronic device. In many cases these free gifts are printed or etched with the logo or name of the company from which they came. In what is likely the interest of establishing brand identity and saving money, many of these small electronics are fitted with membrane switches.

Switch Membranes Save the Day

Disaster is looming: your four-year-old, after becoming bored with making finger paintings on the wall with chocolate pudding, has found his way up onto the couch beneath the thermostat. Thinking the thermostat membrane switch pad bears a striking resemblance to an electronic talking/singing alphabet toy he likes to play with, he decides to mash the keypads in hopes of eliciting his favorite alphabet song (C is for Cantaloupe). When that fails, he toddles off to destroy something else. When you return from work, after firing the babysitter you’ve got your work cut out for you. But at least the thermostat isn’t ruined; because it’s covered with a switch membrane, you can just sponge it off and move on to the next mess.

Membrane Switches vs. Discrete Key Switches

I’ve already spent a lot of time emphasizing the benefits of membrane switch use compared to discrete key switch use. Now I’m going to emphasize it some more. If you understand the concept of what a membrane switch is and does, and if you understand the concept of what a switch panel or keyboard with discrete switches is and does, it should be easy to discern the benefits and drawbacks of each variety. Let’s start with the keyboard in front of you (if you’re reading this on a mobile phone, imagine that you’re using a laptop or desktop). If it’s light enough in the room where you are right now, you can probably see the plastic shell of the keyboard between the keys. If you can’t see it, I guarantee it’s there. If you look around the edges of the keyboard and on the surface of the keys, I bet you see a lot of accumulated dust, maybe some little hairs and maybe even some stains.

Membrane Switches-Everyday Convenience from Simple Technology

Based solely on the way ‘membrane switch’ sounds, I would think it was some sort of futuristic half-biological half-electronic device used in laboratories; definitely not something I’ve come across in my everyday life. In reality, they are very simple and common aspects of technology, and they are used by anyone that cooks-actually, anyone that heats up food…or uses a phone. Basically, if you don’t live in a third world country, you push membrane switches every single day that you get out of bed. Those flat, thin electronic buttons on your microwave, stove, dishwasher, security system, TV remote, cell phone and landline phone are what I’m talking about. They activate functions performed by electronic equipment through a rather straightforward process. Although they are considered recent technology, membrane switches use a very simple electronic concept in a highly complex and advanced manner.

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