Membrane switches can be combined with laminated overlays for complete panel assemblies, and can be designed in numerous shapes, sizes, and layouts. Surface-mount LEDs can be incorporated, and options such as tactile response, static discharge, and EMI/RFI/ESD shielding are also available. Switch assemblies can be attached to rigid subpanels that can include mounting hardware. Complete assemblies can be installed as a single component during final product assembly.
New versions of BASF's Ecovio line are both compostable and designed for either injection molding or thermoforming. These combinations are becoming more common for the single-use bioplastics used in food service and food packaging applications, but are still not widely available.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.