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Mapp Systems, a provider of services in die-cut labelling and membrane-switch manufacturing, has been using Autotex Steel from MacDermid Autotype to develop new products for its clients.

Implementing specialist coating technology applied by MacDermid Autotype, Autotex Steel film has been designed to closely simulate the texture of brushed steel.

It is said to be easy to handle and uses a primer layer that makes it compatible with most screen inks, in particular the new range of mirror inks used to replicate the cosmetic features of steel.

Mapp specified the product for two applications: one for the production of a control panel on an amplifier system and the other for a line of portable printers.

Key benefits of product application

  • Quality keyboard or graphics panels can be produced at a much lower cost than traditional stainless-steel materials, according to the company
  • Product said to be easily embossed, making them suitable for use in applications where keys or panel areas need to have raised edges or domed switches
  • Buttons are incorporated as one single part, making it easy to create a fully sealed fascia or keyboard panel
  • Doesn’t show fingerprints or dent easily and can be printed with clear display windows or secret-until-lit graphics
  • Said to offer good colour rendition and light transmission in clear areas
  • Graphics are printed on the second surface and so are protected from wear and abrasion by the body of the substrate itself, which is textured and chemically resistant
  • Greater scratch resistance and a more cosmetically long-lasting appearance than brushed stainless steel, according to the company, without requiring specialist cleaning materials to return each part to pristine condition

MacDermid Autotype

MacDermid Autotype is a world-leading industrial manufacturer of coated films and blended liquids for use in the printing, automotive and electronics industries. Founded in 1868, Autotype draws from its wealth of history embracing leading-edge technology combined with exceptional applications to help support its customers to succeed.

For over 140 years we have been leading innovators of high-quality precision coated films. Our product ranges include overlay films for membrane touch switches, stencil products and cleaning chemicals for screen printing, products for film insert moulding (FIM/IMD) and graphic display films.

Our extensive expertise in precision coating technology enables us to transform and enhance the performance of films for many high-tech and demanding applications.

We are committed to supplying products that meet our customers' exacting designs and application requirements, manufactured to standards ensuring a consistency of performance that meets their full requirements.

Operating from global locations — England, Chicago, Singapore and Shanghai — enables us to maintain worldwide coverage through experienced and dedicated sales personnel, responding in real time to the changing needs of local markets.

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