Technology is making home appliance manufacturers think more and more out of the box. To stand out, you not only need to embrace technology but leverage it in your innovation. It’s an era of smart connectivity and smart homes so you either get on board or get out. Product design strategies and electronic solutions have created sleek and smart appliances.
Today’s tech-centric home owners crave for more economical ways and freedom in their appliances to make them fun yet more functional and interactive. Thanks to capacitive touch interface technologies, manufacturers are empowered to deliver what the market needs.
Dish washers, washing machines, ice makers, beverage dispensers, and water filtration systems have had traditional mechanical systems for quite some time. They use floats, switches, or sensors immersed in the fluid often causing cross-contamination, wear, and corrosion. In fact, being constantly immersed in fluids decreases the sensor’s accuracy overtime giving them short life spans. Also, these traditional sensors are limited to standard rectangular or cylinder-shaped tanks to ensure consistency in measurements.
To overcome these challenges, manufacturers use capacitive fluid-level sensors. They offer greater accuracy levels, easy installation calibration apps, lower set-up costs, and provide customized end-to-end solutions. You have more design flexibility that’s not only durable but also efficient. They aren’t immersed in water like their mechanical counterparts. It used the same concept used to make smartphones responsive. Capacitive fluid-level sensors are mounted to the outside of the container and they measure granular or fluid through a non-metallic material. Now, washing machines, water dispensers, dishwashers, etc. can enjoy modern technological advancements.
When shopping for home appliances, first impressions make a lasting impact on your brand to consumers. Currently, capacitive touch screens are rapidly outfacing mechanical interfaces with switches and cluttered buttons. They are more intuitive and highly reliable. More and more manufactures are turning to capacitive interfaces to give consumers more value for their money. Customized capacitive touch screens incorporate various switch layouts and formats from slide switches to discrete switches, rotary wheels, and combining both tactile and non-tactile products.
In the design, fabrication and material selection of capacitive touch-based applications, environmental factors have to be considered. Most of these appliances are affected by humidity, temperature, frequency of use, and misuse by homeowners. This has created a challenge in design, operational limitations, and manufacturing costs. As a result, manufactures should continually work together with capacitive touch experts to come up with the most robust and durable products.
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