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Applications of PLC Programming

6 Oct 2016

The PLC in PLC Programming stands for Programmable Logic Controller. PLC equipment is an industrial computer that is programmed to monitor the status of various components or processes through the input of devices that help the computer to make decisions based on the pre-programmed outputs. For example, if a tank is being filled with water, the PLC might monitor the water level and when it reaches a certain point, it would send a signal that causes the water source to be turned off. This sort of technology is used all of the time in industrial facilities where there is all kinds of equipment working together in a system. The result is that efficiency is increased and one person can more easily monitor and operate all of the equipment. It also helps to avoid situations that could be harmful to the facility or the machines.

Once a PLC system has been properly programmed, it can run continuously for years with little or no human intervention. PLCs are used in a variety of industrial applications. Examples of these include cement batch mixing, chemical processing and food and paper production. There are many advantages of using a PLC system, one being that a facility will experience less power consumption. That’s because the timing and power output of every machine is perfectly calibrated to be as optimal as it could possibly be. It also helps to find and diagnose any system issues very quickly because everything is closely monitored by the computer. Because of the integrated electronic assembly, maintenance on a PLC unit is easy, and operational changes can be made at any time.

Here at Membrane Switch & Panel Inc., we offer PLC testing and programming services to our customers because the products that we manufacture are often used in industrial facilities where PLC is the best option. Our many years of experience in this area allow us to meet the needs of even the most complex industrial facilities. If you’d like to learn more, feel free to call us with your questions and find out how our PLC programming can help you.

Did you know about our additional capabilities?

23 Sept 2016

Membrane Switch & Panel Inc. is probably best known for our graphic overlays, switch panels and membrane switches. That’s because these things are the core products that we manufacture for our many commercial and industrial clients. Well this is a significant portion of our business, we are also capable of accomplishing many other manufacturing processes for you. People may not be as aware of our additional capabilities because we have such a strong focus on switches and panels (it’s in our name!) but that doesn’t make our secondary operations any less effective!

So what are some of our additional capabilities and how can they help your business? Well, if you’re in an industry like medical, aerospace, dental or food service, you may benefit from our state of the art equipment. We can do all kinds of things for your assembly, including:

  • CNC Vertical Milling Center
  • 3-D Printing and Scanning
  • Rapid Prototype Assembly
  • Machine Shop
  • CO2 CNC Lasers (Engraving, Part Marking and Vector Cutting)
  • HP Indigo s2000 6-color Digital Printer
  • Spectrophotometer Computer Color Control
  • Precise Luminance Measurement
  • Laser Cutting
  • Plotter Cutting
  • Clamshell Die Cutting
  • Quick-turn deliveries as required

As if that weren’t enough, there are many different features that we can add to your panel assemblies to create highly customized units. We can create a complete turnkey solution for you that includes:
  • Fabricated Sheet Metal Housings and Bezels
  • Stamped and Formed Backpanels
  • Injection Molded Plastic Backing Panels
  • CNC Machined Housings and Enclosures, Plastic or Aluminum
  • Aerospace Grade Flame Retardant Materials
  • Printed Circuit Board Design and Fabrication
  • Printed Electronics on PCB (resistors, potentiometers, etc.)
  • Through-Hole and Surface Mount Component Assembly

This is not even a complete list! To learn more, visit the additional capabilities page of our site. You’ll find even more information about the features and services that we can provide you with. If you have questions that you’d like one of our experience team members to answer for you, just give us a call at (714) 957-6905. You’ll be impressive by our extensive knowledge and excellent customer service. After all, we’ve been doing this for over 30 years!

Why You Need High Quality Graphic Overlays

14 Sept 2016

Among our cornerstone products at Membrane Switch & Panel Inc. are our custom graphic overlays for our equipment manufacturing customers. These overlays identify buttons on the equipment, include logos and specifications, and they often contain important operating instructions. Our graphic overlays can be printed in a variety of colors to help make controls easier to identify and differentiate between important sets of controls. A good graphic overlay is the perfect compliment and addition to any piece of commercial equipment.

OEM manufacturers need high quality graphic overlays for a variety of reasons. The first and most important reason is for safety. An overlay that clearly identifies the controls on a machine makes it much easier to operate, even for someone who may be unfamiliar with the technology. In the event of an emergency, the right graphic overlay may help someone figure out how to shut the machine down. Another reason that graphic overlays are so important is because they give your equipment brand instant recognition by displaying your name and logo in high quality print right on your equipment. For any maintenance or repair issues; having the model number, specifications or pertinent contact information on the overlay is a great convenience to equipment operators.

If you want to put the right finishing touches on your equipment and make a good impression among the industries that you supply, a graphic overlay is a great way to ensure quality. Our team can assist you and come up with a design that stands out and fits perfectly with your equipment. Once you’ve approved the overlay, we can create as many as you need for your production run.

Membrane Switch & Panel Inc. has been in business for over 30 years. Our manufacturing experience and expertise make us capable of taking on any graphic overlay project, as well as any other switch panel project that you might want to send our way. With industry-recognized certifications and a professional team, you can be sure that we will provide you with high quality products every time. Call us today to learn more or request a quote.

An Innovative Single Circuit Flexible Flat Switch Panel

30 Aug 2016

A flat switch panel is a switch panel unit that is used to control equipment with a series of buttons located on a flat surface and covered with a screen printed label to identify the various controls. Electronic applications of switch panels include lighting units, manufacturing equipment, automotive accessories and more. The flat and rectangular dimensions of a flat switch panel make it easy to build into an easy device or integrate into the overall design of a brand new product.

One of the unique products that we offer at Membrane Switch & Panel Inc. is a single circuit flexible flat switch panel. This lightweight, low profile unit is perfect for control units on a wide variety of machinery. This product is designed for maximum flexibility, which makes it perfect for integration with atypical equipment shapes and results in seamless control integration. The controls on this particular switch remain operational in temperatures as low as -20 degrees Celsius and 75 degree Celsius. The reliability of this switch in extreme temperatures is very important for industries where machinery may operate outdoors or in proximity to other harsh elements.

Major industries such as aerospace and military & defense use our flexible flat switch panels to add more variations of control to their complex machinery and allow their operators to easily regulate performance. Membrane Switch & Panel Inc. is ISO certified, so you can trust the quality of our facility and the products that we manufacture for our long list of customers. With over 35 years of experience and expertise in the area of specialized switch and panel manufacturing, we are proud to offer the best service in an affordable manner. Innovative and reliable products like our single circuit flexible flat switch panel speak to the breadth of our capabilities and the innovative nature of our manufacturing approach.

Currently located in Orange County, California; we are proud to be an American company producing parts and equipment for industrial companies across the nation. Browse our website to learn more about our products, our value added services, and to contact us for a quote or consultation!

Nameplates from Membrane Switch & Panel Inc.

10 Aug 2016

On industrial equipment and heavy duty products, nameplates are used to display critical information like operating instructions, machine specifications or safety warnings. This information is printed on a thin metal plate that can be fixed to the equipment using small screws or an adhesive backing. It is not uncommon for the company’s brand name to also be featured somewhere on the nameplate. In some cases, a nameplate is the easiest place to find the appropriate contact information when a piece of machinery breaks or a new part needs to be ordered. At Membrane Switch & Panel Inc., we supply our customers with fully customizable nameplates in a variety of sizes.

To add text and design to the surface of a nameplate, we use either laser engraving or a simple screen printing process. When laser engraving is performed, the laser of the engraving machine is guided over the nameplate by a computer that has the design for the nameplate stored on it. The powerful laser then engraves the text and designs onto the surface metal of the nameplate within seconds, resulting in an easy to distinguish and clean looking product.

If your product is being screen printed, we can incorporate state-of-the-art graphics that help to draw attention to the nameplate and prominently display your logo on a new piece of equipment. When you consult with us on the type of nameplate that you need, we can record the model number and regulatory approval number of your unit and include this information somewhere on the nameplate.

We believe that first impressions are critical, so we want to give you the chance to give your customers the right first impression. A high quality nameplate with helpful information could be the perfect way to start. Membrane Switch & Panel Inc. has been providing excellent customer service for over 30 years, and that’s because we take a dedicated approach to our work to make sure that everyone gets the service and results they are looking for. Not only that, but our unparallelled manufacturing expertise will but the right finishing touches on your product. Call us today to find out more!

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