Reid Industrial Graphics Product’s Capacitive Switches can be used as more than just switches. The team at Reid Industrial can help with your next project, integrate other technologies to enable the sensor to become a multi faceted product with capabilities that will stand out from you competitors. Our recent project with Australia’s largest air conditioner manufacturer, Actron Air, has enabled them to increase their product offering to reflect the growing demand for automated controls in the home air conditioning.
- Can be set to sense when your product has been picked up or moved
- Can have Built-in noise detection and filtering
- Multi-touch (Can be used for multiple touch points at the same time).
- Can be set for single tap, double tap, slide touch or rotor
- Very durable as it can be housed behind up to 6mm thick glass or other materials
- Can be combined with a buzzer or LED light for user feedback
- Incorporate proximity sensors
- Incorporate Reid Industrial Backlighting Technologies
- Remote Control touch pads
- Gaming devices
- Security control keypads
- Home automation control panels
- Human-machine interfaces with configurable button, keypad or scrolling functions
- Single finger gesture interfaces to swipe, scroll, or double tap controls
For your next project, contact Reid Industrial Graphic Products for an obligation free quotation.
Why buying local is better
We have conversations quite regularly with people about buying local versus offshore suppliers and sadly, we often hear the horror stories during these conversations. Stories about incorrect products being delivered, incorrect dimensions, incorrect colours or the product not being what the person expected, and we pretty much have the same answer each time. Whilst offshore suppliers may have their benefits, in our opinion, the benefits of local supply far outweigh any benefits of using offshore suppliers. Here’s why.
Is it really local?
What we’ve found is that in many cases, people don’t actually know where their product is coming from. Just because a sales representative is based locally does not mean that their products are locally made. We’ve had too many discussions with customers where they are not properly informed, or they’re just unaware. Ask the suppliers if their product is produced locally. Make sure you know the facts.
Local support & representation
We conduct customer visits to discuss your projects and find a solution. This means that you get to speak directly with our team, face to face, and discuss your requirements in detail. Meeting our team in person means that you know who you are talking to. After visiting your business, we have clear understanding of what you need, with no uncertainty.
We have full control over the finished product as we produce it here in our facility. This ensures that what you receive is exactly what you’re after, and if any issues arise they can be addressed quickly, easily and with a faster turnaround on delivery because we’re local. Did you know that we reinvest a minimum of 5% of our turnover into R&D Projects, allowing us to develop new products and collaborate with key customers to utilise the technology to grow their businesses.
From an ethical perspective, buying locally manufactured products supports our local community, keeping skilled Australians employed. Our staff are all highly trained, and locally based.
When buying offshore products, you need to consider the cost of freight. Furthermore, if you receive an incorrect item, or a part needs to be replaced, you’re looking at additional freight costs.
We are often asked about our point of difference, the difference that makes Reid Industrial stand out from the other suppliers to the printed electronics markets; the short answer is that from its inception Reid Industrial Graphic Products has always been a specialist manufacturer of interface products, somewhat of a trail blazer for new products and technologies.
We are not an importer working from a back office nor are we a Nameplate company that just makes overlay panels and membrane switches on the side, our specialty is combining the R&D, knowledge, process capability and management structures to engineer products that integrate a number of printed electronics technologies into a fully functioning plug and play device.
Yes, of course we can offer imported products, we have at our disposal some of the best suppliers in the Asian region, however our roots are with designing and manufacturing Australian made products that you simply can’t order on line. We pride ourselves in the fact that when you deal with Reid Industrial you are supported by dedicated Account Management and Customer Service Teams who are backed by experienced Design Engineers and top notch Production personnel, working from our purpose built manufacturing facility just north of Brisbane.
So whether your next project is a simple prototype label, overlay panel, or a membrane switch technology with all the backlighting technology whistles and bells, all you need to do is send us an email or pick up the phone and we will be back to you anywhere in Australia and NZ within the same day or at the latest the next working day. Check out our full product range on our website www.reidindustrial.com.au
For your next project, contact Reid Industrial Graphic Products for an obligation free quotation.
With a successful Electronex 2017 Tradeshow wrapped up, we would like to send a big thanks to the long list of customers who visited us at the stand during the two days. To those of you who are new to Reid, we will be following up with you over the next week or so to talk in more detail about your upcoming projects. In the meantime don’t hesitate to call us if you didn’t get all the information about the product you are interested in.
Come and visit us at the Electronex 2017 Tradeshow in Melbourne.
Where we will be showcasing our full range of Interface Products; Including Graphic Overlays, Membrane Keypads, Capacitive Sensors, Backlighting Technologies and more.
When: Wednesday 6/9/17 – Thursday 7/9/17
Where: Melbourne Park Function Centre
We’re looking forward to catching up with you at the show
Reid Industrial Graphic Products can produce antimicrobial Graphic Overlays and Membrane Keypads, these products are suitable for environments where cleanliness is essential.
The material used is Autotex AM, which is a hardcoated Polyester that has a built-in Microban® antimicrobial protection that inhibits the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria.
The material can withstand harsh cleaning chemicals typically used in the medical industry.
Some applications where these products can be used include medical environments (Hospitals and Nursing Homes) and areas of high traffic (Shopping Centres, Airports, Hotels and Fitness Centres).
Badging Solutions. Domed Labels are a great way of branding your product. The ‘domed’ resin finish is extremely tough and enhances the printed image.
Some of the applications for these labels are:
Clubs (RSL Clubs, Surf Clubs, Sport Clubs)
Service Station Chains
Hospitals and Health Care Industry
Fast Food Chains
Transportation (Airlines, Trains)
Choice of adhesive is important when designing a Membrane Keypad. There are many factors to consider including material type and surface finish and the operating environment of the product.
Typical applications for Membrane Keypads use 3M 467, however, many different adhesives are available which meet a variety of application specifications.
- Adhesive options include:
- 3M 467 (standard applications) – For general industrial bonding between substrates and typical surfaces
- 3M 468 (double thickness 467) – For general industrial bonding that need a
slightly thicker adhesive than normal nameplates etc
- 3M LSE (low surface energy applications) – Excellent bond to low surface energy
plastics, such as polypropylene, powder coatings or lightly oiled surfaces
- 3M VHB (very high bond) – VHB adhesive is suited for when high bonding
strength is needed for industrial bonding with high shear or pull force
Of course with any adhesive that you may choose, the most important step to maintain
adhesive, is to ensure that the bonding surface has been thoroughly prepared by
cleaning and making sure it is dry and well unified. Typical cleaning solvents are Isopropyl alcohol/water mixture (rubbing alcohol) or Heptane.
We have several methods including Rail Emboss, Pillow Emboss, Dome Emboss, Multi-Level Emboss, 3-Dimensional Lines and Text and Concave Emboss.
We have multiple machines capable of both Cold and Hot emboss, including our Projecon Hot Embossing machine.
By now most people know how great EL lamps can be, and how they can be utilised in almost any Membrane/Capacitive Switch design.
But what we don’t talk about often is the inverters used to power them.
Well there are two different types, SMD chip style inverters which are great for small compact designs where size really does matter. The second type are transformer based where there is more room in the design and a simple power solution is required.
The transformer based inverters are usually the most powerful type and can either be integrated into existing PCB design, or even plug and play where they simply get plugged into the el lamp and nothing more than a simple 9-12v DC power supply is needed.
Thinking that you need a large Inverter because your interface panel is quite large?
Think again, we design the lamps utilising only selective areas and use the latest ink technologies from the UK, the lamps are not running on high frequency and are long lasting. We supply to Aerospace, Automotive, Medical and Super Yauchts applications to name a few.
Our “best in class” El lamps are an easy option to include in any switch assembly where back-lighting is required.
If you need more details when planning your next project, just get in touch with one of our Product Specialists and we will have a workable solution for you in no time.