Precision Graphics can build your entire panel as a single complete process. We can punch, machine, and paint the substrate, then insert hardware. We can design, print, and cut the circuits, then integrate its components. We can also print, and cut the graphic overlay, then assemble the entire part. Providing this whole process internally helps ensure beautiful registration between all layers while reducing lead time and cost.
Durability is an undeniable strength of our products. We print graphics subsurface which protects the ink behind the plastic it is printed on, making it most effective against abrasion, aggressive chemicals and of course, every day handling. The look and life of your overlay can be further prolonged by placing it inside a recessed pocket of a rigid panel. This shields the edge from receiving abrasion. For those who want a black image imbedded in aluminum, Metalphoto yields a sapphire-hard anodized layer tolerant of extreme temperatures, long-term outdoor exposure, abrasion, salt spray, and most chemicals. Whatever the hazards, Precision Graphics will defend against it.
The beauty of our product is established through precision and durability. We will follow the exact specifications of your part with the tight tolerances of our equipment and our numerous methods for color matching. Your part will remain looking new by employing various methods such as printing subsurface, recessing overlays, and Metalphoto.
We take pride in our level of precision. It is in our name. The graphic designers color match with the latest vector software and our large format digital printers swiftly lay ink up to 1,200 DPI. The screen printers color match with the exact science of UV curable ink mixing formulas and produces features as small as 0.005” across. We machine within a tolerance of 0.005” and the painters color match with computer databased paint formulas that utilize a mix of 16 base colors. To bring it all together, the assembly department works closely with the others by its very nature, so the registration between all these beautiful layers remains accurate.
With no minimum quantity requirements, short run is our specialty. Precision Graphics manufactures the entire part from overlay, to circuitry, to sub-panel in the same facility. This incredible spectrum of capabilities allows for the most competitive price and shortest lead time. An established rhythm among our coordinated staff will move your parts swiftly through the facility from quote to shipment.
Standard finishes for polyester and polycarbonate include anti-glare (low gloss), gloss, brushed and velvet, with velvet being the most popular to hide fingerprints. With selective texturing, designated areas of an overlay can be with gloss or diffused. Selective texturing is most common with windows.
Digital printing is becoming more popular for creating graphics, and for good reasons. Our digital printers have a large format to accommodate oversized graphics. A resolution up to 1,200 DPI provides fine details and superior gradients. Graphics can be printed directly from your electronic file. Minimal tooling and set up means it is perfect for prototypes and short runs.
Screen printing is the most popular method of printing. We computer-match our UV curable inks to guarantee an exact color reproduction. These inks are used with high tension polyester screens to print features as small as 0.005” across. This is a scale suitable for halftones. Our screening process is also suitable for the ever important circuitry, and parts that require selective texturing, which creates the illusion of separate window lenses with a flush, sealed construction.
The Pantone, RAL, LAB color matching systems are familiar tools here. The graphic designers color match with the latest vector based software. The screen printing department color matches with the exact science of UV curable ink mixing formulas. The painting department color matches with computer databased paint formulas that utilize a mix of 16 base colors. No matter the media, we make sure the beauty of your panel looks the way it should.
Sizes & Shapes
We can produce graphic overlays and panels up to 48” x 96”. Depending on the design and features desired, a screen print, digital print, or hybrid of the two may be required for cost efficiency or to meet your specifications.
Every material we print on follows seamlessly through our diverse array of automated cutting machines. By delegating the perfect machine for each part, we can minimize set up and lead time, which in turn reduces cost. Regardless of which machine or material is used, your parts will always be precisely cut.
Precision Graphics understands that your panel sometimes has variable information. For this dynamic, we build a pocket into your panel with a front, side, or rear entrance to slide in a label. Your slide label remains protected behind a clear window in the graphic layer film.
We provide windows on the graphic layer with different finishes. Selective texturing creates the illusion of separate window lenses with a flush, sealed construction. Glossy, semi-gloss, frosted, antiglare, dead-front and translucent windows are all available options. Furthermore, windows can be colored and tinted with different transparent and translucent inks.
We have many customers who emboss their panels. It is a great option for making important features more prominent. The most common is pillow embossing for buttons and LED’s. Rim embossing and braille are also common, but there are many options to choose from.
We offer custom key sizes and shapes, and with our knowledgeable designers, we also map custom keypad layouts. Tactile and non-tactile designs are both available. Tactile keypads have thresholds ranging from a force of 200 to 700 grams. For a subtler design, Non-tactile keypads provide a lower profile without the “click” of a tactile button.
We carry beautiful LED’s in five colors: red, green, yellow, blue, and white. For panels that need dual purpose LED’s, We also carry Bi-colors in red-green, red-yellow, and green-yellow. Most of these LED’s are available in 1206, 0805, and 0603.
Ambient electromagnetic and radio waves can negatively affect sensitive circuitry. However, our metal fabricating capabilities can equip your circuitry with an EMI/RFI shielding. The dimensions of your EMI/RFI shielding will protect completely and fit exactly.
We install tail connectors of practically all varieties. That includes latching, polarized, and locking connectors. It also includes single and double row connectors with any number of pins. These connectors have a 0.100” pitch, but 0.050” is also available. ZIF (zero insertion force) connectors are a lower cost alternative. The pitch of these connectors come in 0.100”, 0.050”, and 1mm.
We are one of the largest MetalPhoto® converters in the country. Our MetalPhoto® products are an incredible combination of durability, versatility, and beauty. Since its development in 1950, Metalphoto® has been trusted by leading OEMs, military and government organizations for nameplate, label and control panel applications where permanence, resolution, and variable data are required.
We have 1,000’s of punches and endmills including all the standard shapes, rounds, connectors, and stock switch sizes, among others. We can machine gauges ranging from .020” to .500” on the X,Y, and Z Axes with 40 different tools in a single program all capable of a .005” tolerance. These state-of-the-art machining centers allow extremely fast cutting speeds up to 150 inches/minute on .125” aluminum.
We are capable of making simple and complex bends for your panel design. Our fully electric NC press brake equipment can precisely add flanges, returns, panel stiffeners and brackets to your design.
If desired, we can paint exposed areas of your front panels with two different industrial grade paint systems. The colors of which match any Pantone/PMS and RAL specifications. The first is powder coating and the second is a more conventional wet spray paint. It is a catalyzed acrylic-urethane based paint that precisely mixes 16 base colors for an accurate color match. Often, a matching or contrasting paint enhances the appearance of the front graphic layer.
If your panels require any hardware, we can install it. We carry an extensive array of nuts, screws, studs, pins, rivets, and standoffs in imperial and metric by the brands, PEM, Southco and Captive Fastener. This hardware comes in stainless, zinc plated, and occasionally nylon. We always have the ability to assemble complete panels and brackets in conjunction with metal fabrication. Typically, our use of solid rivets allows for more accurate assembly than welding. Technical parts with unique bends and angles are properly accommodated by the wide clearance of our equipment. Both short and long runs are practical with our streamlined and automatic tooling setup.
Lenses are a great option when windows need to be thick enough to protect displays against harsh environments. Finishes and colors for lenses are on a case by case basis, but polycarbonate and acrylic are frequently the materials we handle. The lenses are machined in the same department as the metal substrate they are dropped into so an accurate fit is assured.
Precision Graphics finishes aluminum panels with zinc plating and chromate conversion per MIL-C-5541B. We provide complete anodizing which includes clear, black, and even color anodizing. For features like grounds, masked areas are also an option.
Graphic overlays and labels can be digitally printed as well as screen printed. Most of our high resolution graphics are printed on the second surface, which is the back side of polyesters, polycarbonates, as well as acrylic. This subsurface printing protects the ink behind the plastic it is printed on. It is most effective against abrasion, aggressive chemicals, and of course, every day handling. The overlay can be further protected by placing it inside a recessed pocket milled from the metal sub-panel. This shields the edge of the overlay by making it flush with the surface of the sub-panel.
Precision Graphics has earned its reputation in membrane keypad and membrane circuit technology with attention to engineering and customer service. We will help replace your PCB circuit. With our knowledgeable staff to design your circuit and a wealth of components at your disposal, we can serve a range of needs that others cannot. We offer oversized circuits up to 36 inches in length and we print them with quality inks to ensure a reliable product. Whatever your needs, the end product is one that you can simply plug in and bolt to your chassis for a truly effortless “plug and play” result.
Precision Graphics does more than just print overlays. We are equipped for extrusion, bar, and full sheet metal fabrication in-house, with aluminum being the most common. The unique and intricate dimensions of your panel are possible with our machining, punching, bending, hardware insertion, riveting, and welding services. The collaboration of machining substrates while printing overlays in the same facility means both departments can work in harmony to assure that all pieces of your panel will fit without qualms or delays.