Defense/DoD Industry

JN White® works directly with manufacturers that supply the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), to design the most durable labels, keypads, graphic overlays, membrane switches, and user interface panels for defense applications. We understand how important it is for this equipment to perform, which is why we stand ready to customize every solution based on the need.


DoD Membrane Switch Capabilities

Durable Materials

When military equipment is deployed, it tends to be deployed in some of the most intense and variable environments in the world. A user interface assembly built to withstand freezing temperatures must also perform well in dry desert conditions. A keypad that contains LED lights must function properly after being transported across the world and deployed in the field.

Tactile Feedback

Tactile feedback is also of very high importance in military applications. Examples include communication devices, vehicles, diagnostic instruments, and communication systems—all of which need customized control systems.

In addition to providing critical tactile feedback, DoD membrane switches must also be able to withstand harsh environmental factors. While there are scenarios where audible feedback is necessary, most applications require quiet, distinct notification of control actuation, which can be challenging as they are often operated by heavily gloved hands. As a result, DoD devices are typically designed with metal domes to accommodate the higher force needed to emit the intended feedback.


Our 4-step rapid prototyping process can save you time and money. More importantly, it’s a proven approach designed to get your product to market faster. That’s because our prototypes are not facsimiles made of sub-standard materials, but are fully functional parts and components, built with the robustness of a true production product and ready for rigorous application testing.We specialize in the rapid prototyping of membrane switches, graphic overlays, and labels. This gives DoD contractors the chance to fully test a product before committing to a production cycle. In a week or less, we can deliver as many labels or overlays that can be laid out on two 12×18 sheets of material. Both can be handled on very reasonable, single-lot charges. Please contact us for custom requests.


Not only can the right backlighting solution create an exceptional experience for end-users, it’s imperative in certain military scenarios. The JN White® team works closely with DoD product engineers to create a backlighting solution based on their specific objectives, incorporating technologies ranging from simple LED lighting solutions to sophisticated, custom addressable RGB LED light effects.

Manufacturing Quality

We’re equipped with the latest printing technology, manned by trained experts, and backed by some of the most inventive minds in the industry. But it’s our unyielding dedication to quality and confidentiality that has earned us our certifications, awards, and customer loyalty. So give us your thundering timelines, your impossible quantities, your application quandaries—and we’ll give you precisely what you need.

See Our Work in the DoD Industry


JN White® was contacted by a DoD Tier 2 Supplier when they needed assistance designing and engineering a membrane switch with custom tricolor LEDs that would drive an 8” x 12” touchscreen. JN White® expertly produced a custom membrane switch with three custom LED colors, which is now utilized by the military.


A long-time DoD customer of JN White® approached the firm for help in improving a custom membrane switch on a current ruggedized tablet product. In particular, they needed the product to perform well in harsh conditions, such as high temperatures, wind, sand, and movement. In these environments, it is imperative that the user knows if a button has been actuated, so tactile feedback is critically important. In addition, the product needed to incorporate backlighting for enhanced visibility.


Design and Development

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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.