TRUE NORTH PRINTED PLASTICS
Terms and Conditions
Membrane switch and overlay with variable data pockets
Membrane switch and overlay with laser cut features
100% tested membrane switches
Membrane with with robotic placed surface mount components
thin-film molding with injection molded accurators behind keys
Membrane switch with crimflex connector
Screen printed overlay with membrane switch
Membrane switch with conductive silver traces
Custom membrane switches for any application.
Male, female, or solder tab connections, as well as zif options
Automotive dashboard assemblies and gauges
Hard-coated - scratch resistant overlays
3D automotive gauges
Dimensional accuracy for scales and measurement devices
Custom routing for any pinout, using single or multiple layers
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You need a cost effective membrane switch; a membrane switch that is easy to use; a membrane switch that looks great and is easy to assemble to your finished product.
Our membrane switches are designed and built by the best, using the highest quality components. We are your membrane switch solution.
- Tactile or Non -tactile
- Backlit logos and icons
- Robotic assembled surface Mount components
- Printed resistors
- serial decoded
- multi layer dense circuits
- variable data pockets
- Integrated lens, and sensor ports.
- Custom track and tail design
- ESD, RFI & EMI Shielding
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Quality molded parts with high definition, extremely durable graphics; the solution... in mold decorating.
By subsurface printing, forming and insert molding, your graphics are sealed inside the part, impervious to scratching, protected from weather, chemicals and fading.
Advantages of In-mold decorating
- Inventory management - Project management for large programs
- Rapid cycle address - Job tracking by our experienced customer service representative - Uniform, consistent products
Integrated Product Design
Roll Labels and Decals
State of the art computers and software
We work with the best of the best in software we can handle all your files. Whether we are printing your press ready file on our digital equipment, or creating art from scratch, our quick Mac design stations can handle the task.
Need to send windows files, or Gerbers, no problem! We have windows 8 stations ready with the newest of the new to handle your requirements
We also love meeting face to face, but we understand that distance can be an issue, we have desktop sharing and multi-party video conferencing available through Google, and can work with you to get everything set up!
Our custom built Manufacturing and Resource Vital Information Network, MRP system, manages every part of our work flow to ensure quality built, consistent, and on-time product delivery. We encourage input from all levels of manufacturing to optimize the build of your membrane switch, label, capacitive switch, or thin-film molded product.
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Brand new facility
Our factory was custom designed for True North and we are very proud of it. From hepa filtered and humidity controlled air systems, or ESD safe flooring and painted steel walls, our building has been designed to manufacture membrane switches and printed labels. We have compartmentalized our production to reduce contamination in membrane switch and medical electrode manufacturing.
From our digital press room, through to our laser cutting room, everything was designed to maximize efficiency.
Please contact us for a tour, and to discuss your future projects!
State of the art computers
Custom Manufacturing and Planning System
In-house film and Screen Production
Environmentally controlled facility
State of the art equipment
Digital colour and functional testing
True North Design Considerations
We consider ourselves part of your team, and a resource for your engineers and designers. We are happy to sit down at the beginning of your design process and work with you to make the best, most manufacturable, and most cost-effective product possible.
If that's not possible, please see some of the design considerations below to help with your process.
Text / Type
o Lines must be 0.010” or greater for positive printing or 0.014” for negative printing
o When colour traps behind a line, and the line is less than 0.040”, consult with manufacturing to ascertain printability
o Perimeter borders around parts or cutouts must be of sufficient width to allow for cutting tolerances ex: narrow width borders will accentuate otherwise unnoticeable aberrations in die cutting lines.
o Two adjoining colour blocks shall not form a straight-line border without allowances for bleed and registration tolerances being made.
o Consideration of colour opacity must be kept in mind when trapping between colours, around windows, LEDs or when label is covering previous label or text
o Colours should be defined by a pantone number, or a sample. If a colour sample is provided, a match on the final material will be provided for approval. This will then define a master record. True North uses two different colour spectrometers to measure colour during production. These are very accurate but there may be small visual differences, especially on whites, off whites, and reds. This is primarily due to the shade of the raw material varying batch to batch. Unless otherwise specified a delta E rating of under 1.5 will be considered a match.
o Maximum line screen for printing half tones is 90 lines per inch, with 65 to 70 recommended
o Range of halftone must be between 85% and 15% gray. More than 85% will fill in and less than 15% will drop out.
o Consistencies of halftones outside of the 15-85% range cannot be expected.
Four-Colour Process – printed on Digital press only
o Colours and colour matches in 4-colour process shall be made in accordance with the Pantone Matching System formulas. Matches to customer-supplied samples shall be approved by Art Dept. and/or Customer.
o Overall switch dimensions must allow sufficient room for tracking and tail exit.
o Spacing between individual buttons must be sufficient for die production (0.125”
o In general, traces shall be 0.040” in width. Trace width may be drawn as narrow as 0.020” when there are certain space constraints. However, resistance shall be less than 1 Ohm per centimeter over the length of the complete circuit. Consult with our engineering team to ensure these parameters can be met.
o Both Polydome, and metal dome options are available, as well as non-tactile capactive touch. Our technical sales team can help you pick the best technology.
o metal domes offer over 5,000,000 actuations, and are available in a wide variety of sizes and weights. Both gold plating and Nickle plating are available options.
Nicomatic Switch-air metal domes Travel vs force
Cutting (Die or Laser)
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True North Printed Plastics Inc.
53 E.P. Lee Drive
Sales Manager: Dave Bezodis
Accounts Payable: Angela Provost