IME Options for Buttons, Sliders and Haptics

We create innovative human machine interface (HMI) solutions for many industries with our In-Mold Electronics (IME) manufacturing technology. Known as the perfect union of form and function, IME integrates printed, conductive inks with In-Mold Decorating (IMD).

IME Options for Buttons, Sliders and Haptics:

  • Measure, Zoom, Pressure Sensing
  • Radial Button
  • Slide Option
  • Wheel Button
  • Detent Control
  • Momentum Control
  • Haptics Control

    • Volume
    • Sound
    • Vibration

IME Features:

  • Unique, flexible design
  • Extremely reliable Capacitive Switch as there are no moving parts
  • Encapsulated circuit, sensors and other components.
  • The elimination of wires allows for a thin, lightweight, durable control panel
  • No cracks or crevices around buttons for dirt and bacteria to hide.
  • Eliminates need for bulky tech boxes.
  • Produces less waste, making the manufacturing process more environmentally friendly

IME Design Considerations:

If you are considering IME for your product, it is important to work with our experts from the beginning of your project, which can be just an idea you have, or your actual design. We will validate your design compatibility with IME.

The design considerations for IME closely mirror the design considerations for traditional IMD. However, it is best not to take an existing injection molded part and make it into an IME part, as the injection mold tooling will probably have to change. Existing mold tools will generally not work unless they were designed for in-mold decorating or IME.

Design questions we will ask:

Form factor compared to manufacturing capabilities:

  • Can the geometry be formed using standard forming processes?
  • Can the substrate and ink systems hold up during forming?

Substrate Selections:

  • Is there an available substrate that will meet the project environmental/chemical requirements and also work with the part geometry?

Connection Method:

  • How can we connect the molded in circuit to the control circuitry? (This is one of the keys to success with IME)

Tooling Design:

  • Are you working with a tool maker and molder who understand the molding process, such as gating and part pinning?

Remember to allow enough time to achieve your goal. Keep in mind that circuit design and validation, distortion to graphics, testing printed samples, etc. will add 10-12 weeks prior to mold tool design. Contact us early in your design!

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