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Fascia is supplying Poweroasis, a developer of remote base-station power, with membrane keypads for its Poweroasis Controller (D) – a 19in rack-mounted diesel generator management unit.

Poweroasis provides products and services that reduce diesel consumption for remote mobile phone base stations by supplementing or replacing diesel generators with wind and/or solar renewable energy and by intelligently managing diesel generators when present.

The company has identified the potential future growth for green telecoms.

Poweroasis identified Fasica Graphics in May 2009 through an internet search for local manufacturers of graphic overlays and membrane keypads.

It required a membrane keypad for its Poweroasis Controller (D), a 19in rack-mounted diesel generator management unit.

The membrane needed a data entry keypad plus associated display to change configuration settings and manage alarms.

Ivan Harris, chief marketing officer at Poweroasis, said: ‘It was crucial that we also embodied our brand into the design to stand out from other 19in units on the market.

‘The general design was undertaken by our graphic design company and then converted into engineering drawings by Fascia Graphics,’ he added.

Fascia Graphics suggested MacDermid Autotype’s Autotex Steel.

This hard-coated polyester film produces stainless-steel effects for membrane keyboards, keypads and fascia panels.

The benefits of Autotex Steel are not just cosmetic – it can easily be embossed, making it ideal for use with domed membrane keypads or in applications where keys or panel areas need to have raised edges.

Paul Bennett, managing director of Fascia Graphics, said: ‘We have found Autotex Steel easy to handle throughout the manufacturing process.

‘Its tough outer surface also offers good resistance to abrasion and a range of chemicals and solvents.

‘Therefore, it is ideal for the rigors of being mounted on a mobile phone base station,’ he added.

Harris said: ‘Fascia Graphics has helped us identify the most appropriate materials for our membranes and have accommodated an engaging approach to turning our requirements into a finished product.

‘It has always been transparent on its costs and has helped us arrive at a lower-cost solution in some cases by helping us trade-off requirements.’

Fascia Graphics Limited is the market leader for the production of membrane keypads in the printed graphics industry, providing the highest quality products for a diverse range of equipment, across a wide range of industry sectors. The company’s continued and rapid expansion has also seen it supply products for organisations across Europe, the US and Asia.

Fascia Graphics’ modern well-equipped factory features the latest techniques for the manufacture of membrane keypads, membrane switches, membrane keyboards, graphic overlays, screen printed labels, nameplates and associated products to BS EN ISO 9001:2008 quality standard.

The latest CAD systems, state of the art manufacturing plant and production flexibility, are combined to achieve quick turnaround of product. Fascia’s production facility operates a 24 hour shift pattern to provide maximum flexibility and is capable of meeting even the most urgent delivery schedules. Supplying a quality product and dedication to customer satisfaction has produced long-term relationships with Fascia now working with over 600 clients.

Research across Fascia’s Top 500 customers has shown that over 90 per cent are very satisfied, rate its products as superior, and rate its products as value for money.

Fascia Graphics only sources the best quality materials from leading industry suppliers, including 3M United Kingdom, SunChemical, Autotype and GE Plastics.

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