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Company Culture, Which Hogwarts House Best Describes Your Company?

Posted by Angie Hartline on

A recently discovered article, written by Venngage, posed a unique challenge - discovering what Hogwarts house, Griffindor, Huffelpuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin, best describes your company culture. Although Venngage wrote this article about tech companies, the concept can be applied to any industry. If you're a Harry Potter fan, you know that each house has very unique characteristics; the house descriptions that Venngage created are as follows:

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Manufacturing: Proactive vs. Reactive

Posted by Angie Hartline on

You've probably heard it a hundred times, "we need to be proactive, not reactive", but what does that really mean? Manufacturing companies have a high risk for error and injury, being diligent about preventing those risks can have a positive impact on your business. 

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Capacitive Sensors are More than Touch Screens

Posted by Angie Hartline on

Capacitive sensors are just that – a sensor that senses a change in capacitance. According to Wikipediacapacitive sensing is a technology that can detect and measure anything that is conductive or has a dielectric different from air. Touch screens detect changes in capacitance that occurs when you touch the screen; they are made with transparent materials to create a crystal clear sensor over a display.

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Construction of a Touch Sensor

Posted by Angie Hartline on

Touch sensors have a lot of layers; the order and construction of those layers can greatly benefit the overall function and user experience, while also saving money in the long run.

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You Asked, We Answered: Adhesives

Posted by Angie Hartline on

"What adhesives do you use?"

Answered by Joel Seiden - Product Manager & Design Engineer:

Let’s start at the bottom and work up. For application adhesives we typically use 3M brand adhesives. 3M467, 3M468, 300LSE. We have used these particular adhesives from 3M for many years and we have always had good luck with them. As to which of those we choose, that is usually spec'd out by the customer and is picked because of the type of material (backer, bezel) the part will be stuck too.

For adhesives internal to the part, we expand our usage a bit by not limiting ourselves to only 3M adhesives. We generally put more thought into a specific thickness needed rather than a material adhered to.

For an adhesive to connect a graphic we, again, limit ourselves to either 3M467 or 3M468. This has to do with the compatibility of those adhesives with our graphic inks.

Something relatively new and directly related to our sensors would be the Nitto OCA (optically clear adhesive). Because our sensors need to be clear we needed an adhesive that was equally as clear.

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Making the Switch (from Membrane Switch to Touch Sensor)

Posted by Angie Hartline on

Membrane switches are a tried and true solution but with technologies evolving, so are the ways people touch things. Sure, when you see a button, your first instinct is to push it, this is the reason why membrane switches are great options but have you ever walked up to a screen and touched it, expecting it to do something? Touch sensors are the now and the future of HMIs; they are everywhere.

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Touch Sensors: Capacitive vs. Resistive

Posted by Angie Hartline on

As you may know that there are two different kinds of touch sensors, capacitive and resistive. It is important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each before selecting one for your application. Although cost may be a factor, ultimately, it is critical to choose the sensor that works best for the end use of the device.

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What are Membrane Switch Connectors?

Posted by Angie Hartline on

The connector system used on a membrane switch or a sensor assembly is the most critical portion of the machine interface; it attaches the sensor to the circuit board. Without the connection system working correctly the nicest looking switch or most elaborate sensor is useless. The most tried and true connection system is a female type receptacle with a plastic housing, typically on .100” centers. This system is simple but extremely reliable. The housings can also be equipped with a latching/locking mechanism which can serve as a polarization feature, but more importantly, can provide a connection that will not slip or vibrate loose during extreme conditions.

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Printed Sensor Tails

Posted by Dean Hotvet on

Trivia Question: What do Elvis Presley, a Porsche, and Donald Duck have in common (other than being famous)?

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Capacitive Touch Controllers

Posted by Angie Hartline on

A functional touch sensor requires two things: a sensor and a controller. The touch controller is the brains of the operation.

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