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.
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
- Smart phones
- Household appliances
- Exercise equipment
- Digital cameras
- Industrial equipment
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.