Graphic Overlays | Printed Fascia Panels
We help to design your Graphic Overlay
At Customark, we are ready and prepared to react quickly to support new and existing customers with the design, printing and production of their panel requirements. Our fast reactions are complimented with our fast turnaround sampling service, making us one of the UK’s leading graphic overlay manufacturers.
This is backed up with the strategic industrial labelling links to 3M, Sabic and McDermid Autotype, giving us an enviable reputation within the print industry.
Advanced production techniques allow us to produce:
- A wide variety of Polyester, Polycarbonate & PMMA finishes
- Environmental considered overlays, we do this by selecting the right materials
- Variable data applications
- RFI EMC shielding
- Overlays with anti-microbial finishes
- UV stable designs
- As well as IP65, IP67, IP68 rated
- Rim, pillow or custom embossing
- Phosphorescent (glow in the dark) graphics
- Hidden till lit applications
- Products which include braille
Are a key part of any control panel system as they are both functional and informative. These printed graphic products are the first item that an operator’s eye is drawn to. Consequently, the graphic overlay has a big influence on the user’s first impression. Attention to detail, precise colour matching and intuitive graphics are critical factors in creating an effective graphical overlay.
Typically Graphic Overlays are constructed with an undersurface printed layer and an adhesive layer. They can incorporate clear or tinted windows to allow the overlay to show a machine display and have internal cutouts should the design need to incorporate buttons or dials/knobs. The switch overlays can be produced with a varied style of print finishes such as textured look or gloss/matte and should you require to be colour matched to the machine it is being applied too.
As we are capable of producing Custom Graphics either via Digital UV Printing or Screen Printing we can offer a very cost effective manufacturing process whether you are looking to source small or large runs. All of the Industrial Overlays we produce are hard wearing and can take the hard knocks they are likely to experience in the lifetime of the machine they are used on. We make sure the adhesives we use during manufacture make your custom Graphic Overlay adhere to your product correctly from leading suppliers such as 3M and Nitto.
If you are looking for features that are specific to your product we can design and manufacture LED labels to suit your exacting needs. All manufactured, controlled and maintained by our ISO9001:2015 quality system. This also includes cutting your control panel overlay to a special shape, as we use varied methods of finishing such as Digital Flat Bed and Laser Cutting, should you require your Industrial Overlays to follow a contoured shape is no problem.
- LED Labels
- Keypad Overlays
- Display Lenses
- Graphic Displays
- Window Overlays
- Control Panel Overlays
- Panel Graphics
- Switch Overlays
- Fascia Control Panels
- Mark Resist
Should you require we can help with a rapid prototyping service using our digital and screen printing services, should you need to confirm everything functions correctly to your design, before you commit to a large production run. Should your Graphic Overlay actually be more complex and need the integration of items such as circuitry and connectors we can also help with this, but they are actually known as Membrane Keypads / Keyboards and Switches. Further information on this type of Industrial Graphic can be found here.
To discuss your Technical Graphic Overlay requirements contact us today on 01384 264700 or fill in our contact form.
The major difference between digitally printed overlays and screen printed ones is that with digital you can have full-colour graphics and achieve near photo finish, whereas screen printed overlays can have multiple colours too but it will be more costly as each colour requires a separate film for the production of the screens.
Digitally printed Graphic Overlays are generally suited for low volume production, this is due to a lower speed of print, therefore, more costly for higher volume. A combination of both screen and digital can work really well together too.
The print on a Graphic Overlay is generally on the under-surface so it is protected by the substrate on the ‘A’ surface. This means that in general use, both styles of manufacturing have the same features. Screen printed Overlays have better wear characteristics where the ink surface is in contact with hard switches underneath the buttons compared to digital. The pigment in screen printing is much denser which then makes it more tolerant to UV degradation; although UV tolerant substrates help assist with the UV protection.
Graphic Overlays are applied by removing the backing paper and exposing the adhesive, they are then applied to the mounting surface. Care must be taken to apply these without trapping any air or debris between the two surfaces, this will show through the ‘A’ surface and affect the aesthetic look and performance of the product. Prior to application, the Overlay should be stored in a clean and dry environment to avoid any contamination. Each adhesive manufacturer offers guidelines for application to ensure optimum performance with the bond and integrity of the adhesive layers.
- Control panels on industrial equipment,
- Keypads on medical equipment like mechanical beds
- Lift buttons
- Dashboards on transportation equipment
- Safety buttons
- Entertainment systems
- Many more!