Lithium-Ion Battery Membrane Switch Collaboration

JN White® had a prior long-standing relationship with a world leading manufacturer of solar and motive batteries. Their engineers required the integration of a digitally printed graphic overlay and membrane switch for their new deep-cycle lithium-ion battery. The membrane switch incorporates six embedded LEDs, as battery status indicators, that light up when the embossed status button is actuated. The blue, red, and green LED’s display different patterns to alert the user of battery status. JN White was able to test and integrate the digitally printed graphic overlay to a membrane switch manufactured by their China partner. The challenge was to have an overlay that could withstand harsh environments such as sand, dust, extreme temperature and water, as well as provide the end user with the ease of assessing battery life on the battery itself and produce the product competitively at a high volume. The manufacturer was expecting to use 75,000 of these the following year.

How JN White® Helped

Through a collaborative effort between JN White and the customer, the design and engineering teams worked through the challenges and came up with a solution.

Prioritizing Durability- The team choose a weatherable polycarbonate coated graphic overlay resistant to chemicals, extreme temperature, exposure to sand, dust and debris, humidity/water, UV rays, and more. This solution ensured that the product can operate reliably under any condition.

Outstanding Graphics- JN White’s digital printing technologies allowed us to produce the graphic overlay in full photographic quality, highlighting the carbon fiber gradient background pattern the client had envisioned.

Collaboration- Having a hybrid JN White graphic overlay (digital and screen printing combined for extreme durability) and Chinese produced membrane switch allowed us to sell competitively in the market place. This collaboration allowed JN White to drive the volumes the customer required, with the potential to grow to two million units annually. After an audit of our facility to better understand our supply chain and our ability to manage high volume jobs, they validated JN White’s ability to support their volume positively.

The Result

The JN White team applied their extensive experience in graphic overlay and membrane switch manufacturing to meet all of the customer’s requirements for durability and quality. It was through the engineering teams from both firms, and the collaboration with our Asia partners, we were able to develop a solution that allowed us to drive the volume of products needed, with the protentional for further growth into the future.

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JN White is an ISO 9001:2015 and ITAR-certified manufacturer of membrane switches, graphic overlays, and custom labels. All of our products are Made In The U.S.A. We specialize in the design and manufacture of complex graphic overlays, complex membrane switch keyboards, assembly and membrane switch testing. Our supporting products and services include: rapid prototyping; electronic shielding (ESD); backlighting (including addressable LEDs); design & development; vendor managed inventory (VMI); and medical device, UDI and UL label constructions. JN White works with global brands in the aerospace, medical device, medical instruments, industrial electronics, consumer appliance and defense (or military/DoD) industries. Made in America. Made in the U.S.