What do you expect from perfect device operation? That it fits seamlessly into the surface of the device and perfectly protects it from environmental influences? That it enables simple and intuitive operation of your device? That it upgrades your device as a visual highlight?
You can expect all this and much more from seamless touch user interfaces.
Device operation for every surface shape
The use of foils as circuit carriers allows the integration of the device operation in almost all surface forms. Even spherical user interfaces have already been manufactured.
All-in-one circuit carriers made of thermoplastic foils have the advantage, for example, that they can be shaped in 3D and can therefore be seamlessly integrated into device surfaces with complex designs. Conventional printed circuit boards can also be used for device operation on a flat surface. Although these are not flexible and cannot be deformed in 3D, they can be designed in multiple layers with vias and thus have the advantage of being suitable for more complex circuits. When it comes to flat surfaces, with the right technology, printed circuit boards can often be integrated into surfaces just as well as thermoplastic foils.
Whether with a thermoplastic circuit board or with a conventional circuit board. In any case, the layer structure enables very flat solutions with the best functionality.
Perfect light in a thin construction
The core of every device operation is the lighting solution. Clean backlighting of the control elements is based on homogeneous illumination of the light elements with sufficient light density and without spilling over onto neighboring elements. A good lighting solution naturally supports the simple and intuitive operation of your device. Additional ambient lighting such as light rings make your device an optical highlight. All this can be realized in a thin and light composite film.
Seamless surfaces for an impressive look and reliable protection
Undoubtedly, seamless user interfaces are visually very appealing and thus increase the value of a device. But the completely closed seamless surface also has other advantages: it protects the inside of the device from dirt and moisture and is also easy to clean. To achieve this, printed decorative foils are particularly suitable as surfaces. In combination with thermoplastic foils for light management and as a carrier for electronic components and conductor tracks, the optimal solution for your device operation is created. Incidentally, this foil laminate can also be processed by injection molding if required.
Example: Device operation and device control in a flat structure
A touch user interface for the product was developed together with the customer WimTec RE.GUARD developed. In this project, not only the device operation, but also the entire electronic device control could be implemented on a flat user interface in a very thin structure.
Example: 3D molded washing machine console
The washing machine control panel integrates electronics, touch sensors and backlighting in a foil laminate that is less than 3 mm thick. This can be 3D molded and mounted in an injection molding frame.
The operating concept is particularly noteworthy. The black panel effect enables a new and particularly intelligent user interface. The operating functions that cannot be used at the moment are also not visible at this moment. They only light up when you can activate them. Unimportant things remain in the dark.