Reid Industrial is a specialist leading Australian manufacturer of Membrane Switches and Overlay panels. This product, also known as Membrane Keypads are momentary switches with a user interface to control equipment and machines, and are generally a cost effective alternative for mechanical switches. The top layer is typically the graphical interface, also known as a graphic overlay, which identifies the functions being controlled using icons or text.
To improve the user experience, a membrane switch can be designed to provide haptic or visual feedback. A great example of tactile feel is through the use of tactile metal domes or poly-dome construction. Our thermal embossing process allows for precise embossing of various button designs and when this type of tactile feedback is used, a user will press a key or button and feel a ‘snap’ action as the dome is compressed.
A selection of metal tactile domes with varying actuation forces are available, our US supplier Snaptron specifies a life span of 5 million actuations. Further enhancements are achievable by utilising Duraswitch Push Gate Technology, thin designs that provide excellent solutions for next-generation products.
Reid Industrial is highly regarded within the Electronics Industry for design and supply of Membrane Switches and Flexible Printed Electronics for use in the most harshest of environments. Our robust switch designs have been independently laboratory tested and also tested by our customers in simulated extreme environmental testing.
Reid Industrial's Membrane Switches are used in industries such as Commercial Marine Autopilots, Super Yachts, Gaming Consoles, Pool Filtration, Electric Vehicle Filling Stations, Electricity Monitoring Devices, Air Rescue Helicopters, Aerospace, Agriculture and many more applications.
As mentioned in our Backlighting Technologies section, Reid Industrial has the technical and process capability to integrate surface mount components directly into the membrane switch design. Our stringent proprietary printing and pick and place process allows for reliable functionality of the SMT and SMD components onto the flexible substrates.