How To Select the Optimum Touchscreen Technology For Your Organization

The use of touchscreen technology is booming in this day and age, and for good reason. Companies across a broad spectrum of industries have successfully harnessed the power of touch for a wide variety of implementations after having realized the value touchscreens could bring to employees and customers alike. Touchscreens can allow for better customer service, thus producing an influx in sales, as well as provide a surge in productivity by employees controlling an industrial process.

If you are considering implementing touchscreens within your company, you must first determine the differences between the two types, resistive and capacitive. Due to the manner and conditions in which the touchscreen will be utilized, you will want to identify which form of the device will better suit your needs. So how do resistive and capacitive touchscreens differ?

Resistive Touchscreen 

The resistive touchscreen is the prevalent form of touchscreen, and, as the name indicates, it relies on resistance to work. It is constructed using two clear layers, such as glass or acrylic substrate, separated by a thin gap. The inside of these two layers are coated in a conductive material, so when the two layers are pressed together, a voltage is passed between them, which produces an accurate measure of where the touch was made on the screen.

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Capacitive Touchscreen

Surprisingly, capacitive touchscreens were developed prior to the resistive touchscreen. A capacitive touchscreen consists of two spaced layers as well, also coated with a conductor.  Voltage is applied to the corners of a capacitive touchscreen and distributed by a pattern of electrodes located around the touchscreen’s perimeter, which creates a uniform electric field across the conductive surface.  When a conductive object, such as a finger, makes contact with the screen, a small amount of current is drawn from the surface changing the capacitance and allowing for the touch to be registered in that precise location.

So why is it important to know the difference between resistive and capacitive touchscreens? Well, it is due to the fact that the differences in how they work create variances in how they perform and in what manner they must be used in order to work properly. Depending on the differing situations and environments where the touchscreen will operate, one type may be the better option over the other.

So let’s reflect on the distinction between resistive as well as capacitive touchscreens in order to uncover which of the two types may ultimately be the most advantageous for you and your business.

Reasons one may prefer Resistive to Capacitive:

  • Resistive touchscreen technology is more affordable than that of the capacitive touchscreen alternative
  • Resistive touchscreens have higher resolution (4096 x 4096 DPI or higher), providing more accurate touch control
  • Unlike capacitive touchscreens, resistive touchscreen technology can detect a touch by fingers as well as other non-conductive materials such as a stylus or gloved fingers
  • Resistive touchscreens provide higher resistance to water and dust
  • Resistive touchscreens are not affected by Electromagnetic Interference, whereas capacitive touchscreens are susceptible to EMI
  • Due to the fact that capacitive touchscreens are made with a glass panel, they are more likely to require an anti-glare or an anti-reflective coating than a resistive screen if it is to be used in a brightly lit area
  • Resistive touchscreens are the better suited technology for handwriting recognition than the capacitive option

Reasons one may choose the Capacitive option to the Resistive:

  • No physical pressure is required when using capacitive touchscreen technology
  • Capacitive touchscreens are more responsive to touch than a resistive screen
  • Capactive touchscreens support multi-touch
  • Capacitive touchscreens are easier to clean
  • Capacitive touchscreens provide higher resistance to scratches and impacts and, overall, tend to be more durable than its resistive counterpart
  • About 90% of light is transmitted from the display monitor of a capacitive touchscreen, causing better contrast and clarity than resistive touchscreens, which transmit only 75% of light from the display monitor
  • The display on a capacitive touchscreen looks brighter and sharper than the resistive option since the capacitive monitors use a layer of glass rather than plastic
  • Capacitive touchscreens do not require occasional recalibration which is necessary for some resistive touchscreens

 

All in all, you will find that either type of touchscreen enhances and simplifies the user experience, but knowing the difference in the two versions will allow you to determine which is best suited for your particular application. In doing so, you are sure to come away with the touchscreen that will optimize capability as well as productivity when in use.

As might be expected, even when keeping all of the factors which we just covered in mind, there are still other concerns that may come into play when considering your distinct touchscreen needs. With the numerous ways that touchscreens can play a role in day-to-day tasks, it is always in your best interest to consult with your manufacturer for proposals and solutions to the challenges that you may specifically face with touchscreen utilization. Together, we are likely to come up with an appropriate custom touchscreen design to maximize efficiency, affordability, and effectiveness for you.

If you would like to learn more about Wilson Hurd’s Touchscreen division, please visit our website at www.wilsonhurd.com. You may also request a quote or sample, as well as download a free brochure detailing more information about Wilson-Hurd’s capabilities.

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5 Common Questions Answered About Medical Contract Manufacturing

923302_262233967253943_91942266_n1. What are the benefits of using a medical contract manufacturer?

Some benefits of using a medical contract manufacturer are companies do not have to expend capital on facilities and systems, time can be saved on training or hiring of extra employees, and contract manufacturers utilize professionals experienced in design and development of all manufacturing processes.

2. How do I choose a medical device contract manufacturer?

Look for a manufacturer who can keep costs down and offers rapid product development. Your medical device manufacturer should also follow strict quality assurance standards, such as ISO 13485.

3. For a medical device company, what is the most important consideration for selecting a contract manufacturing partner?

The most important consideration is compliance. The medical device company is responsible for ensuring the partner they select is compliant with the FDA Quality System Regulation. Yearly audits should be required and quality system evaluations need to be performed.

4. What medical contract manufacturing services and processes does Wilson-Hurd offer?

We provide the best in-class Medical Device Contract Manufacturing services including PCB Board assembly, box build, testing, and fulfillment services. We also have a number of processes that we use ranging from graphics printing, welding, heat staking, laser etching to traceability systems, material planning and procurement, and incoming inspection of materials.

5. What certifications does Wilson-Hurd have regarding your medical contract manufacturing division?

We maintain a FDA compliant quality record system and specialize in Class II medical devices. This division has also obtained certification to the ISO 13485 Standard in June of 2014.

You can find more information about our medical contract manufacturing on our website at wilsonhurd.com where you can request a quote or sample, as well as download a free brochure detailing more information about Wilson-Hurd’s capabilities.


Wilson-Hurd, founded in 1904, offers custom printing, fabricating, and electronic manufacturing services specializing in Electronic Control Products, Printed Electronics, POP Displays, Medical Contract Manufacturing, and Nameplates & Dials, Overlays, Panels.

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4 Things That Are Now Possible Thanks to Printed Electronics

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Printed electronics are a set of printing methods used to create electrical devices on a number of substrates. They are produced by combining various printing methods 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 end result is a lightweight, flexible electrical device, developed with a cost-effective production process.

The versatility of printed electronics is a huge draw for all manufacturers and markets. The benefits of these new electronics are endless, from lower cost, improved performance, flexibility, transparency, reliability, and much more. Even though the printed electronics market is still growing, there are some things that have been made possible in recent years, including:

  1. Printed Antennas

Printed antennas are relatively inexpensive to design and manufacture. They have a variety of useful properties including mechanical durability, conformability, compactness, and cheap manufacturing costs. They also have a range of applications in both the military and commercial sectors, and are often mounted on the exterior of aircraft and spacecraft as well as incorporated into mobile radio communication devices.

  1. Wearable Technology

Wearable technology is made with smart sensors and has the ability to connect to the Internet and collect data. Examples of wearable devices include watches, contact lenses, e-textiles and smart fabrics, types of medical devices, and jewelry such as rings and bracelets. The goal of wearable technologies in each of these fields will be to smoothly incorporate functional, portable electronics and computers into individuals’ daily lives.

  1. Smart Labels

Smart labels can be attached to any package, even packages that may bend, and they can provide real-time information about location, temperature, movement, and moisture. With smart labels, companies can also confirm the freshness of products by checking the temperature to prevent spoilage and validate the authenticity of a product. In the healthcare field, smart labels can help control inventory and track the usage and disposal of pharmaceuticals. Smart labels are also being attached to clothing where they can check body temperatures and dampness of bandages.

  1. Flexible OLED DisplaysFlexible_display

OLEDs are used to create digital displays in devices such as television screens, computer monitors, and portable systems such as mobile phones and handheld game consoles. They are also used in commercial applications such as displays for car radios and digital cameras, among others.

Printed electronics are one of the fastest growing technologies in the world, and allows electronics to be in places they have ever been before. The market is destined to grow as technology evolves, allowing for even more possibilities to develop.

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8 Useful New Features of Wilsonhurd.com

If you have visited Wilson-Hurd’s website sometime in the last 3 months, you might have noticed some major changes. On February 3rd, 2015 we launched our brand new corporate website, adding a variety of new features that are designed to make the product design and ordering process even easier for our customers and prospective clients. Take a look at some of the new things you can do on wilsonhurd.com:

1. Design Guidelines

Wilson-Hurd’s new Design Guidelines have been created by our Engineering department to assist you with the development of your custom Electronic Control Product. Each set of Design Guidelines features:

  • Important things to consider before designing your product
  • Construction details
  • Available materials
  • Tooling options
  • Electrical layout
  • Technical details
  • Word glossary defining important terms, and much more.

Design Guidelines are currently available for capacitive switches, elastomeric keypads, membrane switches, PiezoPanels, and Touchscreens, and can be found on their corresponding product pages.

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Quick Tips on In-Store Placement of POP Displays

diorcounterdisplay399x399 Point-of-purchase (POP) displays are strategically placed in-store displays designed to attract customers to a specific product or brand. They can be used to highlight new products, special offers, or events such as a holiday sale.  When used properly POP displays can create a memorable impression of your brand, as well as easily increase the sale of your product.

Research states that consumers will only take a few seconds to make a decision on a product. They usually do not thoroughly scan or take the time to look at all of their choices, which is why the placement of your displays is such a key factor.

While deciding on where to place your POP display, keep these quick tips in mind:

Place goods near the front of stores.

Products that are in the front of stores, specifically near the checkout counter are most likely to be viewed by a customer while they are waiting in line to checkout. This is also the place with the most foot traffic, allowing more people to view the display.

Keep shopper’s line of sight in mind.

People will not buy products that they can’t see. So keeping your displays at eye level will increase the chances of customers purchasing your products.

Set your POP display to the right of brand names.

If your product is not necessarily a brand name, place it to the right of one that is. People tend to look at items in the same direction that they read.

Place around escalators or elevators of department stores.

This tends to be an underused space in department or multi-level stores for POP displays.  Since shoppers are standing in place for the duration of the ride, placing a display nearby will give them something to look at while waiting. jimbeambottleglorifier500 If you would like to learn more about what Wilson-Hurd’s POP Displays division can do for your brand, click here.


Wilson-Hurd, founded in 1904, offers custom printing, fabricating, and electronic manufacturing services, and is a top manufacturer of electronic control products, printed electronics, POP displays, medical contract manufacturing, and nameplates & dials, overlays, and panels. To learn more about Wilson-Hurd, please visit our website at wilsonhurd.com.

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Featured Project: Wilson-Hurd POP Video Display

Wilson-Hurd’s POP division in Berlin, WI, had the task of designing a video display to showcase our skills and abilities for the GlobalShop 2015 show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The challenge was to develop a display that demonstrated our capabilities and was also appealing and memorable to people walking by our booth.

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The POP team designed and manufactured the display shown above in its entirety and used a variety of materials and processes including:

  • Screen and digital printing on both aluminum and polycarbonate
  • Aluminum fabrication
  • Laser cutting of acrylic
  • LED light insertion
  • Motion sensing
  • Final assembly of display

The video monitor within the display features the actual production of the display and is powered on by motioning your hand above the screen. The LED lights are battery powered and have an on/off toggle switch.

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“Typical POP display projects using video monitors have proven to increase product sales between 35% to 50%,” said David Bono, Eastern Regional Sales Manager. “A lot of companies can supply video monitors, but only Wilson-Hurd can do it all under one roof. We’ll provide printed items, LED’s, monitors, and customer circuit boards with motion sensors, and then assemble it all in our facility. This gives the customer greater control for a superior product at a competitive price.”

View the video below to see how the display works.

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ISO 13485: What You Need To Know

Clean Room 2.2ISO 13485 is valued by many medical device manufacturers throughout the world. This method was developed to create a management system on which to build compliance to various regulatory requirements. The requirements are not specific enough to contradict any country’s particular requirements, but to allow a company to demonstrate the ability to meet them.

Based on the ISO 9001 process approach to quality management, ISO 13485 focuses on the management of risk in lieu of focusing on continual improvement. In order to achieve ISO 13485 certification, you must develop written policies for:

  • Document and record controls
  • Internal auditing procedures
  • Corrective and preventative actions
  • Process controls and validations
  • Traceability

ISO 13485 can help reduce surprises and failures that might damage a manufacturer’s reputation. It can be used as a tool to ensure the effectiveness of the quality management system. ISO 13485 also provides the manufacturer a higher level of confidence in the ability to consistently achieve and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements.

Hydrogel 2Some other benefits that manufacturers hope to gain from having an ISO 13485 certification are:

  • Gain more business and access to markets around the world
  • Increase customer satisfaction by delivering quality products and consistently meeting customer’s requirements
  • Guarantee the manufacturer meets all production standards and regulations for producing medical devices
  • Establish a manufacturer’s credibility and commitment to quality

Wilson-Hurd’s Advanced Technology Facility is proud to be ISO 13485 certified. We take great pride in the quality of your products and strive to be the most respected provider in the markets served. If you would like to learn more about what Wilson-Hurd can do for your medical device, click here.


About Wilson-Hurd:  Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing specializes in the production of custom electronic control products, point-of-purchase displays, 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.

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