Graphic overlays & fascia panels

A graphic overlay with pillow embossed switch areasA graphic overlay is a high quality custom membrane overlay, usually screen printed, suitable for display on the face of a product or case.

Graphics and text are sub-surface printed onto a thin film polyester substrate, providing a wipe clean surface that is resistant to many chemicals and cleaning agents. Printed details are then viewed through the material which protects them from scratching and accidental damage.

More complex features can be incorporated, including coloured filter windows, surface varnish or lacquer, or selective texture. They can also be embossed with a range of raised profiles to enhance switch positions, logos or other important features.

Another embossed graphic overlayA permanent 3M acrylic adhesive backing is applied to the graphic overlay to enable it to adhere to your product. While this adhesive will give a strong and secure bond to the majority of surfaces, we can provide higher specification adhesives for low energy surfaces if required.

Profiles are cut using a die cutting process on our platen press for higher volumes, or using our laser cutter for prototypes and smaller volume productions. Complex shapes can also be accommodated.

Custom overlays will typically remove the need for screen printing or etching directly onto a metal case, providing bespoke graphics and text to your product at a reasonable cost. This also allows the details to be changed if required, by replacing the control panel overlay rather than the whole case.

Graphic overlays can be used as instructional labels, indicator panels with LED's or lamps illuminating from behind, or as a high quality, durable front panel to your short travel switches. They can even be adhered directly onto a PCB and provide a suitable switching option for contacts on the board.

Fascia panels

A graphic overlay adhered to a printed circuit boardA fascia (or facia) panel is a custom panel overlay which is adhered to a backing plate. The fascia panel is then supplied as a complete unit, ready to use in your product with no additional work required by the customer.

Exploded view of a fascia panelBacking plates can be made of various materials including Aluminium and Mild Steel, with surface treatments such as anodising or powder coating. Moulded plastic cases or even printed circuit boards can also be used.

Touch Panels can provide your fascia panels using a backing plate from our range of approved third party suppliers, or we can apply the graphic overlay to backing plates, cases or printed circuit boards supplied to us by our customers.

If you intend to use self-sourced backing plates, we recommend that you free issue them to Touch Panels and allow us to apply the graphic overlays. This utilises the skills of our experienced staff in a clean assembly environment, which can avoid unexpected problems and prevent costly waste.

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