Graphic overlay and panel overlay services involve the design and or manufacture of printed or marked panels for instruments and other equipment requiring identification, instructions, and other graphics for control devices.  Graphic overlays and panel overlay services are used in many industries including aircraft / aerospace, automotive, computers and networking, consumer products, dials and gauges, high temperature applications, industrial / commercial, manufacturing / automation,...
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Q & A on Graphic Overlay and Front Panel Services

We asked our users for their input on Graphic Overlay and Front Panel Services. Here are the results of 42 users familiar with Graphic Overlay and Front Panel Services.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing graphic overlay and front panel services?
9 answers
Answers:
Self design software, touch screen technologies.
~Euan D, Research & Development, Perth, Australia
Led curable UV inks and compatible substrates.
~Technical Support/Services, Seattle, WA
Laser etching, spray multi color, pad printing
~Chris W, Marketing/Sales, DongGuan, China
TOUCH SCREENS, FOLEDS
~Engineering, Design, REGINA, Canada
Digital Printing
~Paolo Accattoli, Research & Development, Castelfidardo, Italy
Touch controls
~Ken D, Engineering Director, Portland, OR
We use 3d cad
~Steven, Design Engineer, Southern, IN
3D television
~Engineering, Consulting, ZAGREB, Croatia
IMD
~Marketing/Sales, Singapore, Singapore

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative graphic overlay and front panel services?
6 answers
Answers:
Limited experience, but Front Panel Express is notable for their service.
~Euan D, Research & Development, Perth, Australia
EAGLE PLASTIC DEVELOPMENT CO LIT
~Chris W, Marketing/Sales, DongGuan, China
CAM Expert, BW Industries
~Steven, Design Engineer, Southern, IN
SAMSUNG
~Engineering, Consulting, ZAGREB, Croatia
No one company in particular stands out
~Ken D, Engineering Director, Portland, OR
Our company, of course.
~Robert Novak, Marketing/Sales, Winfield, IL

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the projects you have used graphic overlay and front panel services for?
14 answers
Answers:
Battery charger control overlays/displays; Forklift displays/controls; Medical/Electronic equipment; etc.
~Manufacturing, Pennellville, NY
Handheld medical devices. Interface membrane and overlay devices.
~Technical Support/Services, Seattle, WA
Diesel engine control panels, test equipment control panels.
~Steven, Design Engineer, Southern, IN
Control Panel labeling for prototype development.
~Steve L, Engineer, Somerville, MA
I used HMI panels solutions in process automation, but will probably later use the graphic ovelay for some projects.
~Engineering, Other, Bucaramanga, Colombia
Audio signal processors, audio power amplifiers..
~Ken D, Engineering Director, Portland, OR
PlayStation, remote controller
~Chris W, Marketing/Sales, DongGuan, China
MIDI Control Surface
~Euan D, Research & Development, Perth, Australia
Membrane switches
~Marketing/Sales, Singapore, Singapore
OEM replacement parts for European food equipment.
~John Kelly, Engineer, Hingham, MA
HOME EQUIPMENT
~Engineering, Design, REGINA, Canada
Civil works
~Rad S, Engineer, Sydney, Australia
HVAC
~Paolo Accattoli, Research & Development, Castelfidardo, Italy
HPLC
~Technical Support, Midland, TX

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” projects that graphic overlay and front panel services have been used for.
3 answers
Answers:
Playstation by custom design.
~Chris W, Marketing/Sales, DongGuan, China
Professional audio products.
~Ken D, Engineering Director, Portland, OR
Under NDA
~Technical Support/Services, Seattle, WA

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to faulty or incompetent practices of graphic overlay and front panel services?
0 answers
Answers:

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this service's capabilities?
4 answers
Answers:
Less expensive prototyping, and more integration into circuit design - eg exposing PCB mounted controls through the front panel.
~Euan D, Research & Development, Perth, Australia
Inexpensive, one off, graphic overlay of polycarbonate sheet from a computer graphic file like MS Visio .vls file types.
~Steve L, Engineer, Somerville, MA
Changeable by preparer kit menu sets. press(touch) sensitive or temperature sensitive.
~Chris W, Marketing/Sales, DongGuan, China
Quick protos; quick low volume production; beneficial pricing.
~Ken D, Engineering Director, Portland, OR

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of graphic overlay and front panel services?
2 answers
Answers:
Don't settle just for designs that are based on prior examples. use the medium as a palate.
~Ken D, Engineering Director, Portland, OR
Keep open communication with your supplier.
~Technical Support/Services, Seattle, WA

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using graphic overlay and front panel services?
3 answers
Answers:
Explore the many possibilities such as see-through windows that can contain a model number behind the window.
~Ken D, Engineering Director, Portland, OR
Try to think out every thing you want and tell your producer or designer, and choose the easiest way to layout it.
~Chris W, Marketing/Sales, DongGuan, China
Work with your designer for best results. Be open-minded to change.
~Technical Support/Services, Seattle, WA


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