Kirkland, Washington – June 21, 2016 – ALMAX EIS, a global leader in electronic interface design and membrane switch manufacturing, announced their Shenzhen facility has been granted ISO 9001:2016 and ISO 13485:2003 International Standard certification for its Quality Management Systems (QMS). The updated certifications will remain valid until 2019.
The ISO 9001:2015 certification, which is the latest version of the world’s leading quality management standard ISO 9001, ensures that ALMAX EIS consistently provides high-quality products to its customers and aims to enhance their customers’ satisfaction.
“The updated certification of our Shenzhen facility in conjunction with our ability to produce prototypes in five days reflects the hard work of our manufacturing team to maintain quality standards while expanding our service offering,” said Bob Deppiesse, CEO of ALMAX EIS. “At ALMAX we are dedicated to designing and manufacturing innovative electronic interfaces including membrane switches, capacitive switches and integrated switch solutions.”
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Philips Medical awarded ALMAX EIS perfect scores for innovation, service responsiveness and product quality on their annual review. Additionally, Philips NPI engineering teams named ALMAX EIS a “trendsetter in their domain” recognizing ALMAX’s ability to contribute to PCP/NPI cost savings without compromising product quality. ALMAX EIS shipments to Philips Medical had a 100% lot acceptance rate (LAR) for the year.
A ten year supplier to Philips, ALMAX EIS provides both line item delivery and volume delivery of interface components including membrane switches and rubber keypads. They also supply interface electronics and complete interface assemblies.
“We value our long partnership with Philips Medical,” stated Bob Deppiesse, CEO of ALAMX EIS. “At some companies the product interface can be an after-thought for new product design or even sourced as an unbranded, off-the-shelf commodity. By engaging with ALMAX EIS early in product design, Philips has enabled us to contribute innovative interface ideas. Together we have reduced manufacturing costs while increasing the quality and reliability of their electronic interfaces.”[/fusion_text]
A membrane switch makes an excellent choice for humid or potentially wet environments – but only if the switch electronics are properly sealed.
Inadequate sealing of switch layers is a common cause of membrane switch failure. If the switch electronics are not properly sealed, moisture can penetrate the membrane switch and cause intermittent or complete switch failure. To prevent this, membrane switch layers should be sealed with heat under pressure.
Sealing a membrane switch is a manufacturing capability well outside of typical nameplate or graphic overlay companies. It is best to use a single-source supplier for your membrane switch electronics and your graphic overlay. This ensures you get a properly sealed interface.
Sealed membrane switches can be an economical solution for some product designs. Heat sealing adds processing time and material cost, but those up-front costs may be off-set by a reduction in product field failures. And a sealed membrane switch is likely a lower cost solution than rubber keypad or other ruggedized switching solution.
Manufacturers of sealed, custom membrane switches have engineering teams capable of evaluating your product switch needs and pricing parameters. And most offer this engineering service at no charge. Use their free design review service to determine if a sealed membrane switch would be a cost effective and reliable electronic interface for your product.