4 Common Questions Answered About Nameplates & Dials, Overlays and Panels

nameplatesdials5333Selecting a supplier for your product identification requirements may be a challenge. There are many aspects to consider and questions that may arise in the process.  Below are some common questions and answers to assist you with the design and creation of your custom product identification .

1. What is the standard lead time for Nameplates & Dials, Overlays, Panels?

Wilson-Hurd’s standard lead time is 15 business days. For orders that need artwork approval, the order is given 12 business days, but it may be delayed depending on how quickly we receive approval. Orders requiring special material may have a longer lead time. Due to the custom nature of our orders, we highly recommend you contact one of our Business Development Representatives for a lead time specific to your order.

2. What materials does Wilson-Hurd offer?

We offer a wide variety of materials for our Nameplates & Dials, Overlays, and Panels, including polycarbonate, polyester, acrylic, vinyl, aluminum, stainless steel, brass, & cold-rolled steel. If there is a material you are interested in that we do not have listed please feel free to contact us.

3. What options are available for Nameplates & Dials, Overlays, Panels?

Wilson-Hurd is able to offer domed nameplates, embossing, debossing, selective texturing, colored LED windows, folding, forming, die cutting, laser cutting, and hard-coating. To see more options, please visit our Nameplates & Dials, Overlays, Panels Capabilities page.

4. What type of aluminum finishes does Wilson-Hurd offer?

We offer a wide variety of aluminum finishes including brushed, satin, brite, cosmetic brite, linen, and mill. We can do glossy, matte, or semi-gloss on any aluminum finish, and we are able to match the color of the finish to any custom color.

To view more questions and answers about our products, click here to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page or if you have a question that we have not answered visit our Contact Us page.

Featured Projects: Custom Designed Guitar Display

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Wilson-Hurd’s POP division has demonstrated their unique, and sought-after capabilities by developing a custom designed, over-sized guitar display. This permanent display is an exceptional way of highlighting any company’s brand to make it stand out.

Product features include:

  • 1/2″ medium density fiberboard body, painted black
  • Digitally printed wood grain & embossed aluminum frets on neck
  • Overlay made of .118″ acrylic, graphics are digitally printed, screened with a gloss topcoat for protection, and laser cut to fit the shape of the body
  • Pickups on the guitar were created by embossing our cosmetic brite aluminum
  • Laser cut, white vinyl used for the pick guard
  • Includes authentic Les Paul guitar parts (tuners, bridge, and gold knobs)
  • Strings consisting of 2 different wire gauges
  • Matching painted black stand allows for the guitar to stand alone
  • Horizontal or vertical wall mounting also available with slots in back side of guitar
  • Assembled at our plant in Wisconsin then individually packed and shipped to your requirements

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Contact us today to order your brand’s exclusive guitar display, or for more information on Wilson-Hurd’s Point-of-Purchase capabilities.

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Are you a current customer of Wilson-Hurd? If you would like your company’s project to be featured on the homepage of our website in our “Featured Projects” section, please e-mail us at marketing@wilsonhurd.com.

Featured Projects: Electronic Theatre Controls

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Wilson-Hurd has been honored to work with the Middleton, WI-based company Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) on a number of projects, including ETC’s own CEM3 System. The CEM3 System was designed by ETC to help reduce setup time, simplify system backups, and make the process of networking a lighting system run as smoothly as possible. The CEM3 platform provides a simple and risk-free way to control lighting on stages and touring events.

Wilson-Hurd’s engineering team was able to brainstorm and combine the most effective manufacturing capabilities to give the CEM3 System these key features:

  • Capacitive touch wheel for precise lighting controls
  • Extremely tight color control using digital/screen printed combination of graphics
  • Adjustable backlit keys & LEDs for easy viewing in dark control rooms
  • Precisely embossed keys to provide explicit snap action key response
  • Assembly of the keypad to powdered coated metal backpanel

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For more information on Electronic Theatre Controls, please visit their website here.

To learn more about Wilson-Hurd’s capabilities, please contact us at 800.950.5013 or e-mail us at sales@wilsonhurd.com.

Are you a current customer of Wilson-Hurd? If you would like your company’s project to be featured on the homepage of our website in our “Featured Projects” section, please e-mail us at marketing@wilsonhurd.com.

The Top 8 Advantages of Capacitive Switches

How many times a day do you think you use a capacitive switch? Probably more than you would think. For instance, when you touch the mouse on your laptop, change the temperature on your oven or use a smartphone, you are using capacitive switching.

Trends show that more manufacturers are incorporating capacitive switching technology into their new products. Two key reasons for selecting capacitive switching are its ability to withstand the harshest conditions, as well as its ease of maintenance when compared to other mechanical mechanisms.

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What are the advantages?

  • Flexibility in design of product
  • The ability to sense through heavy and thick film materials, making the switch vandal proof
  • Reduced board space requirements
  • Cost-effective alternate to traditional switching technologies
  • A variety of non-conductive overlay materials can be used, including plastic, acrylic and glass
  • Easy integration of multiple functions including LED drivers and back-lighting
  • No mechanical components within switch eliminates potential mechanical failure, and will save you money on repairs and maintenance
  • There are multiple types of interfaces that capacitive switches can be used with, including buttons, sliders, touch-pads, touchscreens and proximity sensing

Where are they used?

  • Vending machines
  • ATMs
  • Smart phones
  • Tablets
  • Household appliances
  • Exercise equipment
  • Digital cameras
  • Industrial equipment
  • Computers
  • Automotive industry

If you would like to learn more about capacitive switches and to see how they operate, view our YouTube video below.

 


 

About Wilson-Hurd:  Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing Company specializes in the production of custom electronic control products including membrane switches, capacitive switches, PiezoPanels, elastomeric keypads, and touchscreens, in addition to medical contract manufacturing, point-of-purchase displays, printed electronics, nameplates, panels, dials, and overlays. Wilson-Hurd was founded in 1904, and is headquartered in Wausau, WI, with additional locations in Berlin, WI.

For more information on Wilson-Hurd and our capabilities, visit our website at www.wilsonhurd.com, and contact us at 1.800.950.5013 or at sales@wilsonhurd.com. 

Four Benefits in Selecting a Contract Manufacturer For Your Medical Device

Hydrogel 2The decision between hiring a contract manufacturer or leaving the production up to your company may seem daunting. There are many factors to consider. Do you have the resources? The skills? The tools? Do you have a compliant manufacturing quality system? Leaving these tasks up to your company may be too much to handle. That’s why choosing a contract manufacturer may be the best decision for developing your medical devices. Here are some reasons why.

The Benefits

Cost Savings

  • Companies do not have to expend capital on facilities and systems.
  • Money can be saved on labor costs such as wages, training and benefits
  • Contract manufacturers may offer cost advantages such as in acquiring raw materials

Experience

  • Contract manufacturers utilize professionals experienced in design and development of all manufacturing processes
  • Experts use their knowledge to assist companies in selecting the right materials and tools for the product
  • Products are manufactured at a much faster rate

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Business Focus

  • Companies will focus on their core competencies once they hand the manufacturing of the device over to an outside source
  • Time can be saved on training or hiring of extra employees
  • Responsibility of project production can be placed on the professionals with years of experience

FDA Compliance

  • Guarantees the manufacturer meets all production standards and regulations for producing medical devices
  • ISO 13485 certification establishes a manufacturer’s credibility and commitment to quality
  • Emphasizes the cleanliness and safeness in the production area

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Still wondering if contract manufacturing is right for you? Contact us and we can further discuss how Wilson-Hurd can help with your medical device!


About Wilson-Hurd:  Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing specializes in the production of custom electronic control products, medical contract manufacturing, printed electronics, as well as nameplates & dials, overlays, and panels. Wilson-Hurd was founded in 1904, and is headquartered in Wausau, WI, with additional locations in Berlin, WI.

For more information on Wilson-Hurd and our capabilities, visit our website at www.wilsonhurd.com, and contact us at 1.800.950.5013 or at sales@wilsonhurd.com

Printed Electronics: Endless Possibilities for Innovation

Have you ever stopped to think about how many times you use something electronic in a day? Electronics have become a staple in people’s lives all over the globe, allowing us to communicate instantly with one another, make purchases online or in a store, and even get from Point A to Point B.

A great deal of engineering & design work can go into making these electronics, as well as complicated manufacturing processes. Thanks to advances in technology electronics are getting easier and cheaper to manufacture. One of the most efficient new manufacturing methods is the ability to print an entire electrical device on various substrates, a process resulting in Printed Electronics. Before we get into how these flexible devices can benefit you & your company, let’s first explain how they work.

What are Printed Electronics?

Various printing methods can be used to deposit electrically functional & optical inks onto a substrate. The inks can be deposited in any pattern to suit the type of application it is being made for. The result is a fully functional electronic device that can be thin & flexible, or more durable depending on what it’s for. Widths of traces can vary from super fine to broad.

Materials used for printed electronics can include polyester, polycarbonate, polyimide, and FR-4. Substrates can then be coated to protect the printed pattern. Top-performing inks, coatings, & plating include:

  • Silver
  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Nickel
  • Gold
  • Silver/Carbon

The printed electronic devices can then be molded, cut (laser or die), or formed into any required shape.

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What are the Advantages?

The versatility of printed electronics is a huge draw for all manufacturers and markets. Some common applications for printed electronics include:

  • Antennas (VHF, UHF, RF)
    • Digital TV
    • Wireless
    • Security
  • Disposable Medical Items
  • Flexible Circuits
  • Flexible Pressure & Temperature Sensors
  • Automotive Embedded Circuits
  • Contour-Shaped Products
  • Printed Memory & Batteries
  • Wearable Technology

Printed electronics have also been used for flexible displays, animated posters, smart labels, and even clothing. When you start to think about what could be done in the future with printed electronics and all the different uses that they could serve, a multitude of possibilities open up.

While versatility is one huge benefit of printed electronics, another is low-cost volume fabrication. With the ability to create more electronic devices at a lower cost to you, it is a win-win situation. Some companies have even started to develop disposable printed electronics specifically for the medical industry where sterilization is always a concern. Patients can use the electronic device, and then dispose of it when they are done with it, something you wouldn’t want to do with an expensive circuit board.

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What are the Possibilities?

Every day scientists and engineers are coming up with innovative new ways that printed electronics can be used in all kinds of applications. It could be that someday instead of having to visit your doctor for a check-up, you put on a disposable monitor that can send your health information straight to your doctor’s office over the internet.

Perhaps someday we’ll be able to wear workout clothing that can monitor your heart rate, distance, & number of calories burned during a run, or maybe we’ll be able to wear a t-shirt that uses solar activity to charge our cell phone.

There are an infinite amount of possibilities; your next step is discovering what printed electronics can do for you.

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Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing specializes in the production of custom electronic control products, printed electronics, contract medical manufacturing, point-of-purchase displays, and metal & plastic nameplates, overlays, dials & panels. Wilson-Hurd was founded in 1904, and is headquartered in Wausau, WI, with additional locations in Berlin, WI.

For more information on Wilson-Hurd and our capabilities, visit our website at www.wilsonhurd.com, and contact us at 1.800.950.5013 or at sales@wilsonhurd.com

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Wilson-Hurd Helps ETC Light Up the Stage

The collaborative effort between Electronic Theatre Controls (ETC) and Wilson-Hurd is the key to the success of ETC’s CEM3 project.

It’s possible you may have never heard of them, but chances are you have seen ETC’s work. Electronic Theatre Controls, based out of Middleton, WI, currently provides quality products to the following markets; entertainment lighting, specified architectural lighting, and industrial weighing and measuring. You could have seen their products lighting up the stage at the National Theatre in London, or maybe at the Guangzhou Opera House in China, or the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, Washington. Or perhaps you saw their work gracing the outside walls of the new Palazzo hotel in Las Vegas, or climbing the side of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. ETC has lighted up stages, artwork installations, and architecture all across the globe, and we at Wilson-Hurd have been honored to work with them on a number of projects, including ETC’s own CEM3 system.

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The CEM3 system was designed by ETC to help reduce setup time, simplify system backups, and make the process of networking a lighting system run as smoothly as possible. The CEM3 platform provides a simple and risk-free way to control lighting on stages and touring events.

Wilson-Hurd’s engineering team was able to brainstorm and combine the most effective manufacturing capabilities to give the CEM3 system these key features:

  • Capacitive touch wheel for precise lighting controls
  • Extremely tight color control using digital/screen printed combination of graphics
  • Adjustable backlit keys and LEDs for easy viewing in dark control rooms
  • Precisely embossed keys provide explicit snap action key response
  • Assembly of the keypad to powdered coated metal backpanel

“By closely working with Electronic Theatre’s design/engineering team, the Wilson-Hurd team developed a cost effective controller produced in Wisconsin.” says Dan O’Connell, Western Sales Director for Wilson-Hurd. “Our high quality digital press combined with our screen printing expertise produced a high end graphic for this capacitive touch controller.” adds O’Connell. According to Tom Steer, Product Manager at ETC, these product features are what really make a difference backstage, stating “The integrated backlighting (invaluable backstage), numeric keypad and touch wheel have vastly improved the user experience for customers working with our dimming systems, while the cast metal user interface gives the product the robustness it needs to cope with life in the field.” A difference made backstage, can make all the difference onstage.

For more videos from ETC, visit their Youtube channel here.

For more information about Wilson-Hurd’s capabilities, please contact us at 800-950-5013 or visit our website at http://www.wilsonhurdelectronics.com.

Wilson-Hurd: Serving customers for over 100 years

When Wilson-Hurd was established in 1904, nobody had heard of a POP Display, or a Membrane Switch. Surely neither George Wilson nor Arthur Hurd would have imagined that these were the products their company would someday be providing to customers. Although the company, the clientele, the products themselves, and our employees’ fashion sense may have evolved over the years, one factor has always remained the same, and that is quality; the quality of our products, and the quality of our service.

In 1904 Wilson-Hurd was but a small factory located in downtown Wausau, Wisconsin manufacturing a patented bag holder that was designed for agricultural and industrial purposes. Almost 110 years later, Wilson-Hurd has 3 manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin. There is one manufacturing facility still in Wausau, although quite a bit larger than the former, along with 2 facilities in Berlin, Wisconsin. The company went from supplying bag holders, remembrance advertising and nameplates to producing Electronic Control Products, POP Displays, Medical Devices and Custom Metal & Plastic products.

Then and Now

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While initially the bag holder was Wilson-Hurd’s specialty, in 1919 the company decided to delve into the Remembrance Advertising market, producing blotter covers, thermometers, whiskbroom holders and hand held fans. 9 years later in 1928, Wilson-Hurd began to print and fabricate aluminum nameplates, which is something that we still specialize in today. Plastic was added to this division in 1979 when Wilson-Hurd began screen-printing and printing on plastic. As technology progressed, other opportunities arose for Wilson-Hurd. In 1993 the company’s Electronic Control Product division was established, kicking off a division of the company that would soon become one of its driving forces. With this new division, Wilson-Hurd began offering customized engineering solutions for data input devices.

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Wilson-Hurd’s Electronic Control Product division, or ECP for short, produces a wide variety of the highest quality customized electrical components including membrane switches, elastomeric, metal & plastic keypads, capacitive touch switches and PiezoPanels, along with Engineered solutions that are created specifically to meet the customer’s needs. Today, the ECP division has grown to include electronics for medical devices and machines such as hospital beds, and insulin pumps. Recently, Wilson-Hurd has started a Medical Contract Manufacturing division. This division focuses on developing monitoring, diagnostic, and therapeutic devices. In developing these products, we utilize modern materials and processes including conductive inks and medically approved substrates, to produce disposable hydrogel-based sensors for leading edge medical device owners.

While our ECP and Medical divisions were taking off, we also established our POP Division that creates a variety of POP display components including risers, signage, formed bases, unique logo plates, trim, electronic displays as well as appliqués for cosmetic packaging. Every single component that is created is custom designed to meet our customers’ needs. Over the years many new and exciting processes have become available for our POP Division customers including custom color matching, die-cutting, digital, screen and litho printing, large-format printing, laser cutting and more.

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In 2004 Wilson-Hurd celebrated 100 years of service. Although we  may no longer make bag holders, we do take pride in the quality of our POP Displays, Nameplates, Electronics and Medical Devices that we are able to create for our customers, many of which have been with us for decades. If we have not yet had the pleasure of doing business with you, we welcome you to take a look around our website, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn, or even sign up for our E-Newsletter, to learn more about us and the things we are capable of. Who knows… maybe you’ll decide to stick with us for the next 100 years!

Wilson-Hurd is headquartered in Wausau, WI with additional facilities in Berlin, WI. For more information on our company and what we can do for you, give us a call at 800-950-5013, or visit our websites; www.wilsonhurd.com; www.wilsonhurdelectronics.com; www.wilsonhurdpop.com

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