Channel: Machinery developments
Schott: glass - the material of choice for control panels

2015-08-20 | Machinery developments

As devices become more intelligent and integrate more functions, glass continues to be the material of choice for creative design in intuitive touch-control user interfaces.

Source SCHOTT
We live in a tactile world - one where our fingertips hold the key to operating everyday devices, from modern consumer electronics and kitchen appliances to medical devices. Touch pads, interactive displays, and touch-screen technologies have become the switches of choice for many consumer electronics. And that’s for good reason.
By eliminating traditional knobs and buttons, companies can make complex operations simple and intuitive, while creating a clean, minimalistic design. However, the more comprehensive and sophisticated the devices become, the greater the demands on the surface material. Special glass can meet those demands in many ways.
In many applications that use touch technology, ease of use, as well as direct and clear feedback, are crucial to the user. This is particularly important when incorrect use could cause harm. Knowing definitively whether a device is on or off can also make a world of difference, which is why designers have been integrating touch control panels with acoustic, tactile, and visual feedback signals into many applications.
To meet these various needs, manufacturers are developing glass with a range of properties that can provide the streamlined design of touch screens and the critical need for safe and intuitive controls. These specialty glass control panels are being used for everything from kitchen appliances to medical devices and other industrial and commercial applications. The latest glass processing technologies and the ability to c...


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