Many of our customers come to us with a vague description of the application. The role of our engineers is to work closely with the customers to review the requirements, design the most cost effective solution and manufacture a few proof-of-concept prototypes.
When the customer is satisfied and the design is frozen, we move to a full scale qualification using production equipment and a complete report is submitted to the customer. Upon final approval, the project transitions to production. Central Midori offers non-tactile constructions (without direct sensitive feedback) or tactile solutions with metal domes and polydomes, which provide immediate tactile response. A polydome can be designed (i.e. diameter and height) to meet the actuation force and the switch travel distance required by the application. Metal domes come in different shapes and sizes with actuation forces from 170 to 420 grams and travel distances typically from 0.178 to 0.89mm.
Shielding is available for EMI/RFI protection and ESD discharge.
Single point LEDs and passive components are assembled using low temperature conductive adhesive.
Membrane switches can be customized with embossing. We offer Pillow and Rim embossing but also tiny dimple for visually impaired people.
Our circuits can be terminated with ZIF connectors or Insulation Displacement Contacts (crimped) and plastic housing. Through-hole printing is also available for double-sided construction.
Coated window lens are incorporated for LCD. It can be clear or color tinted with anti-glare, gloss or matt finish.
Recent developments in light guide material are providing innovative solutions for a uniform backlighting using a limited count of side-firing LEDs and guide foils that are designed to evenly distribute light.
Upon request, our membrane switches can be designed for IP67 environment protection certification.
While some applications continue to require traditional tactile switches, the last 10 years have seen an explosion in touch technology. Capacitive touch market is still dominated by ITO substrate (Indium Tin Oxide) but several factors including cost, lack of flexibility and low adhesion on plastic film are limiting the possibilities of 3D design.
Recent developments of clear conductive inks printed on flexible substrate offer technically attractive and cost effective solutions. CMI has been testing various inks from the top 3 suppliers on the market by printing on substrates such as PET, PC and PMMA. Flexibility and adhesion are significantly better than ITO. Total cost of material and processing is reasonably lower.