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Graphic Overlays are the face of your product. In addition to being functional they must have visual impact and are essential marketing tool. URL manufacturers some of the highest quality graphic overlays for the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)

Graphic Overlays are high performance functional products which enhance the appearance of your product. Both the design and visual impact can differentiate your product from that of the competitor.

For more information about graphic overlay design, control panel overlays or keyboard overlay, please contact us for a quote





Typically Polycarbonate and Polyester are the material of choice for graphic overlays. These can be second surface printed which prevents the printing inks from scuffing and wear.


This can include:

  • Embossing of keypads (functional), enhancements – Emboss around keypads (rail), borders and logos.

  • Selective hardcoat textures for matte / gloss appearances around keypads and windows.

  • Hardcoated materials and printed hardcoat textures protect graphic overlays further from chemicals, sunlight and abrasion.

  • Tinted windows for LED and LCD display panels.

  • Special shapes can be die cut to meet any of your requirements.

  • Translucent graphics for back lighted display panels, indicator lights and keypads.

  • Overlaminations for improved scuff resistance, outdoor performance (Tedlar), or ability to add information (typing & writing).

  • Doming for an enhanced appearance that emulates molded plastic. Improves outdoor performance by 10 years

Design Specialists and Printing Engineers from URL will help in the material and atheistic design of your graphic overlay. URL can offer material and process recommendations (screened adhesive vs. die cut adhesive) for cost saving constructions without effecting the appearance or performance of your nameplate, graphic overlay or panel.

Graphic Overlays with LCD Windows: Graphic overlays are commonly provided with clear windows for viewing LCD’s.

  • Overlays with LCD windows are produced using gloss, hard coated, scratch resistant polyester or polycarbonate.

  • Colors and window tints (if any) are 2nd surface printed (viewed through the plastic).

  • The 1st surface (top surface) is usually selectively textured using special inks in the areas where the LCD is not.

  • The LCD windows can be specified with alternative gloss levels (for glare attenuation), or with a window tint. With selection of appropriate overlay background colors (generally dark colors).

  • The adhesive or spacer is selectively applied to the back of the overlay so as not to obscure the LCD viewing area, and to avoid the accumulation of debris.

  • Graphic Overlays with LED Windows:

  • Graphic overlays can be produced with small clear round windows for viewing LED’s (light emitting diodes)

  • These windows can be flush with the overlay surface or embossed to facilitate the LED’s being raised above the overlay surface (illumination is visible at a more acute angle than if flush mounted)

  • As with LCD windows, LED windows can be tinted, or dead fronted.

  • Adhesive is excluded from the LED window to facilitate optimal light transmission, and avoid the accumulation of debris.

  • Overlay Embossing:

  • Graphic overlays can be embossed using a male/female die set. Features are typically raised .010” if embossed.

  • Embossing is generally done to accentuate the key area of a graphic overlay or membrane switch. Key embossing can either be rim (perimeter) or pillow (pad).

  • Embossing may also be done to raise LED’s above the surface of an overlay, or to provide a decorative effect to a logo, or copy. Braille can also be embossed.

  • Dead Front Printing
    Colors for selected areas are thinned to attain a nearly transparent appearance. The areas affected have enough color to appear the same as the color of the rest of the overlay. Backlighting creates a unique indicator that a particular function is running or turned on. Some indicators, (ie. warning indicators) should remain hidden until activated. This style of user interface design allows the visible interface to have a clean look while still providing all of the required functionality.

    Using a variety of textures in your interface can ease use of equipment panels. We often produce graphic overlays that have one texture for the bulk of the surface and another texture for control elements, delivering ease of use through a tactile experience. Printed textures also provide chemical and uv resistance, physical surface protection, and longer wear time.

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