Tactile Switch Manufacturers and Companies

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  • Know Your Switch Types

    Tactile switches are different from most membrane switches because they require higher pressure to activate. A tactile switch is often related to mechanical switches, that are used in many different keypads and keyboards uses in a variety of industries. Because of their wide range of application, there is great variance in the type and size of tactile switches. Many switch types are interchangeable, but some are unique to specific uses. If you are ever in the market to purchase switches, you may run across some of the following types: KMT2:...

  • Defining Your Products with Tactile Feedback

    by: Jon Mullett, Snaptron, Inc. Whether it is a control panel, surgical instrument, mobile device, consumer appliance, or remote control, finding the ideal tactile response can separate your product from the competition. In today's electronics industry, product designers are challenged with creating products that are sleeker, slimmer, smaller, and more functionally advanced than ever before. In addition, they are often required to be less expensive than their predecessors and competition. So how do you set your product apart? One possible relatively low-cost solution is finding the ideal tactile feedback to...

  • Why Tactile Switches Matter

    A few years ago, as smart phones were beginning to emerge as the newest fad in the personal electronics market, I remember how much ado was made about how a certain industry leader's signature PDA/phone/mp3 player would be equipped with a touch screen that simulated the experience of pushing a real button. I remember thinking to myself, Great. Now they're offering us the chance to buy a product with a touch screen that's more expensive than a simple button interface, and its selling point is that it resembles a simple...

  • Tactile Switches: The Light Touch Switch

    One of the problems with the standard design of the tactile switch is that it requires a higher pressure to collapse. This makes it sometimes difficult to activate the switch, and extremely difficult to switch between easier to press membrane switches and mechanical tactile switches. However, a new design for tactile switches may eliminate this problem for many. The new switches, called light touch switches, are easier to press than many other tactile switch designs. In addition to being easier to press, the switches also have a clear indication of...

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Tactile Switches

Tactile switches are user-equipment interface utilities that are characterized by a discernible response to the application of pressure by a user. All kinds of industrial, commercial and consumer products are accessed through switches, keyboards, panels, screens and other interfaces. Because there are so many kinds of electronic devices that receive commands through switches and panels, a wide variety of switch and panel configurations are necessary to accommodate them.

The properties and characteristics of different switch varieties vary depending on their application. For example, a switch placed on an outdoor garage door opener must be shielded against variable weather and temperature conditions to a certain degree. An indoor switch, on the other hand, is less likely to be exposed to such hazards and does not require special protection from them. An important innovation in the ongoing development of switch technology was the tactile switch. Simply put, switches are a way to send a signal to an electronic device. When a switch is pressed, it either closes or opens an electrical circuit, which changes the way the connected device operates. Tactile switches distinguish themselves from other switch varieties in that their use involves a sensation that indicates to users whether or not the desired change to the connected circuit was effected by the depression of the switch.

In some cases when a switch is depressed, a circuit connection or breakage is not made. This can be because of inadequate switch depression or for other reasons. A tactile switch indicates to its user that the appropriate action has been performed by providing resistance up to a certain point during its depression. The force required to overcome this resistance is called actuation force. When sufficient force is applied beyond that point, the resistance of the switch is overcome. This variability of actuation force, combined with an audible indication (a feature of many tactile switches), assures users that the intended change to a circuit has been made. Tactile switches are constructed in many shapes and sizes. In most cases, they feature a metal or plastic covering, inner switch equipment, conductive materials and resisting elements like a spring. Some are simply domes, which, when depressed sufficiently, suddenly collapse and then regain their shape when released. Tactile switches come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and actuation forces. Using different sizes of metal domes or polydomes will vary the actuation force. Metal domes come in a large assortment of shapes and sizes with actuation forces between 180 to 700 grams; different polydome actuation forces can be achieved by changing the diameter and height of the polydome to meet specific requirements. Tactile switches are available for all kinds of applications and are among the most widely used switch varieties.

Tactile Switches
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Tactile Switches - GOT Interface LLC
Tactile Switches - GOT Interface LLC

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