Let us help you create a stunning and effective graphic overlay that highlights the features and functionality of your products
Graphic Overlays are normally associated with the top layer of capacitive or membrane switches, however they can be be used on any product that requires:
1. A decorative overlay that improves the visual impact of the product, including the addition of logos and product-specific branding, or
2. A functional overlay that guides users on how to interact with the product and where to press/touch to active the functional elements beneath the overlay (such as switches, buttons, etc)
Graphic Overlays: Benefits
A key benefit of Graphic Overlays is the ability to protect your product and its user interface controls. Sytek overlays can add water and liquid protection, scratch & chemical resistance, and even UV & anti-glare capabilities. Seamless, wipe-clean and anti-microbial options ensure touch surfaces can be sanitised easily and regularly
How many users don't have the time or ability to read a product's user guide? A well designed graphic overlay is both functional and intuitive. Clearly labelled buttons, displays and other indicators allow a user to interface with a product easily and with confidence
The ability to illuminate the user interface improves usability, understanding and aesthetics. That could be a simple as an LED indicating is a function is 'on' or 'off', through to hidden-till-lit "dead-front" designs. Sytek offers a wide range of illumination options from simple LED's to light pipes and light guides
Your brand is incredibly important! Incorporating branding either as a simple logo or more sophisticated integrated colour or illumination scheme will enhance the visual appeal of your product and brand recognition. Sytek has a graphic design team ready to design your optimum branding solution
Contact us to learn more about how we can help you create a graphic overlay for your product that will clearly differentiate it from competitors
Design & Manufacturing Options
When it comes to designing and manufacturing a graphic overlay there are many different options that need to be considered, including:
Substrate - Polyester (PET) is the most common substrate in use because it is cost-effective, flexible and durable. Different thicknesses and surface textures are available and hard coats can be applied for harsh environments
Adhesive - It is important that a suitable mounting adhesive is selected to match the mounting surface and the expected environmental conditions. We stock a wide range of industry-leading 3M mounting adhesives to suit every application
Cutting - Graphic overlays can be either laser cut or die cut. Laser cutting is typically used for prototypes and lower volume production. Speak to our customer service team to work out which option is right for you
Window Type - We can provide you with a variety of different window options, including scratch resistant, dead-front, anti-glare and anti-newton ring.
Instrument Dials and Gauges
Instrument dials and gauges are specific types of graphic overlays that are used by the automotive and marine industries.
Although the techniques used to make these products are the same screen printing techniques used for regular graphic overlays, special care and attention needs to be placed on registration and tolerances in order meet the exacting standards required by the automotive industry.
Products for the automotive industry normally undergo extensive environmental condition testing. At Sytek Enterprises Inc. we have our own in-house environmental test chamber along with life cycle testing equipment to ensure our materials and products will meet your specifications.