Membrane switches are printed electronic circuits that open and close a circuit using pressure. They are part of a range of user interface devices that also includes technology such as display-based touch screens and mechanical switches, such as push-button, rocker, toggle, and slide switches. The purpose of a membrane switch is to facilitate the interface of human users and machines. They enable an operator to communicate with various types of equipment, instruments, and machinery.
There are numerous advantages to utilizing membrane switches for industrial applications:
- Completely sealed surface
- Protection by design: water-resistant
- Simple interface
- Thin profile
- Versatile graphic interface, screen printed graphics