Kinexis rheometer control panel

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Design LED Products and manufacturing partner IGT Industries have worked with Malvern Instruments to launch an advanced backlit capacitive touch panel for latest Kinexis rheometer. 

Featuring enhanced ergonomics, compact dimensions and direct communication with host software, the control panel supports intuitive access to the instrument’s specialised functions. 

Using Design LED’s technologies to build low-profile, backlit capacitive switches, IGT Industries has created a clear and informative control panel featuring intuitive colour effects using a single LED per window.  This has saved 66 per cent of the LEDs normally required to build a panel supporting comparable features and consistent illumination.

Additional benefits include reduced size and cost, faster assembly, improved ergonomics and an attractive, high-tech appearance.  The control panel overlay is reverse-printed on textured polyester in black, silver and chrome, and completes the user interface design. 

Printed light guide technology, developed by Design LED, combines processes used to build membrane keypads with innovative techniques to enable light from LEDs to be distributed to precisely controlled locations.  No hard tooling is required, and the light guides are able to produce consistent colour and brightness across a surface area up to 50cm x 50cm.  Potential applications include control panels, instrumentation, signage, general lighting products and specialised applications such as merchandising and branding.