When shopping for a new keypad, you’ll probably come across the terms “tactile” and “non-tactile.” Regardless of its intended application, most keypads fall into one of these two categories. So, what exactly is tactile feedback? And does it offer any real benefits? These are just a few of the questions that we’re going to answer
From computers and smartphones to human machine interfaces (HMIs) and automotive systems, electrical switches are found in a variety of devices. They work by either allowing or restricting the flow of electricity. When electricity flows through a switch, the circuit is complete. On the other hand, restricted flow of electricity creates a broken circuit. While

Rubber Keypad Design Tips

Rubber keypads are often preferred over plastic keypads due to their versatility and durability. While they offer the same level of functionality as their plastic counterpart, there are several reasons why consumers choose them. For starters, rubber is soft and retains a certain amount of tactile feedback, which in turn yields improved typing accuracy. Rubber
Keyboards are designed in many different styles, one of the most common being chiclet. It’s used in personal computers, calculators, human machine interfaces, and more. Based on the name alone, it’s difficult to determine what exactly is a chiclet keyboard. So today we’re going to take a closer look at this keyboard design, revealings why
Membrane keypads are becoming increasing more popular. They live up their namesake by featuring a membrane-like design rather than separating moving keys. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at membrane keypads, revealing five fun facts about them and how they work. They Have Three Layers Membrane keypads are designed in a variety of
Electrical switches are used in countless applications, ranging from human machine interfaces (HMIs) and touchscreens to heavy equipment and household appliances. While mechanical switches offer a simple and effective means to control the flow of electricity in such devices, there’s been a growing demand for membrane switches. So, why should you choose a membrane switch
Human machine interfaces (HMI) are used extensively in commercial applications, including factories, businesses and workplaces. It lives up to its namesake by offering an interface through which a human operator controls a machine. While HMIs vary in terms of function, most are comprised of a few basic components. This includes membrane switches, rubber keypads and

What is a Changeover Switch?

We’ve talked about several electrical switches here on the Nelson-Miller blog, but one that we’ve yet to cover is a changeover switch. So, what exactly is a changeover switch and how does it work? A changeover switch is designed to transfer a house (or business) electricity from the commercial power grid to a local generator
You’ve probably heard of human machine interfaces (HMIs), but are you familiar with batch unit interfaces? A batch interface is essentially a special type of non-interactive interface through which a human operator controls a machine or device. The operator specifies all of the required information for a “batch job,” at which point the machine or

What is a Membrane Keypad?

Keypads are used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from desktop computers and peripherals to heavy machinery and industrial equipment. While the basic principle of keypads remains the same — to provide a physical interface through which a human operator can control the device — there are subtle nuances between the different types. And