Here in Minnesota the first big winter storm is being forecasted to hit this week. We’re familiar with the weather elements that come with winter storms (although some enjoy them more than others). Winter weather can be hard on exterior equipment that is exposed. Things that come in contact with ice, wind, snow, cold temperatures and other elements need to be built to withstand those impacts otherwise their functionality will suffer.
Harsh Winter Environments
There are six harsh winter elements or versions of them that often cause problems for equipment that come in contact with the weather. When we design and manufacture products we keep them in mind. HeatSeal® technology play a large part in making sure that Telamco membrane switches withstand these extreme conditions.
- Cold Temperatures – Harsh temperatures can be either hot or cold. In winter weather we’re looking at cold temperatures. Water freezes at 32 degrees and it often gets much colder than that outside.
- Moisture – Whether it is rain, freezing drizzle, melting snow or any version of these things there will be moisture coming in contact with equipment found outside. Protecting against moisture will help things maintain proper function.
- Ice – With moisture and cold temperatures come ice. If a control panel is coated with ice will it work? Make sure you have steps in mind to manage this potential problem.
- Snow – Many climates that deal with extreme temperatures also deal with snow, which can cover equipment and then lead to excessive moisture issues.
- Wind – While wind is common in many areas, when you add wind to already extreme temperatures additional concerns need to be considered.
- Chemicals – Corrosive chemicals aren’t a naturally occuring weather condition, but with ice and snow often comes salt and de-icing solutions. If they come in contact with equipment this can cause excessive functionality problems.
Keep these weather elements in mind when designing products that will be placed outdoors in cold, winter weather environments. Think of control panels, keypads, controls on things like winter recreational products, products in agriculture, building security and more.
Telamco Membrane Switches Designed To Withstand Extremes
The materials and processes used in the fabrication of HeatSeal® produces a true hermetically sealed tactile Telamco switch/keypad. The adhesive bond produced in the HeatSeal® process is superior to that of PSA construction found in other electronic switches. The HeatSeal® bond effectively seals out harmful environmental contaminants that can cause failure in standard PSA switches.
Do you have equipment that comes in contact with harsh winter environments? When you need it to withstand the extremes, come to Telamco.Contact Telamco