Graphic Overlays

What is a Graphic Overlay?

A graphic overlay is the outermost layer of the front panel. It is the intuitive part of an electronic interface that connects the user to the machine, device, or equipment; and the part of the front panel switch which is visible to the user, graphically defining the locations of the keypads, and explaining the operation of the equipment. For these reasons, the panel graphic overlay plays a significant role in defining the user experience.

 A well-designed graphic overlay makes a powerful first impression of your company and your equipment. The design of the panel overlay will set your equipment apart from the competition by providing an unsurpassed user experience.

Not only must the panel graphic overlay explain the operation of the equipment, it must satisfy aesthetic requirements, and more importantly, environmental and physical end-use application requirements.

Ideal Jacobs (Xiamen) is a renowned leader in the design and production of high-quality graphic overlays. Our graphic design department, color matching laboratory and silkscreen production capacity in a clean room, together qualify Ideal Jacobs to manufacture “best in class” silkscreen work. Backing up our production team is a support staff including materials engineers, R&D, and an in-house environmental testing laboratory.


Some surface finish options:

◇ Velvet ( various levels available)

◇ Gloss finish ( various levels available)

◇ Anti-reflective/ Anti-microbial

◇ Additional selective textures offered through our 

   screen printing process such as: UV 
   cured selective textures


◇ 3M467 



◇  ETC


◇ Laser traced steel rule dies

◇ Tinplate high precision tools

◇ Laser cutting

◇ CNC cutting


◇ Clear LCD or LED

◇ ITO armored using optical clear lamination

   conducted in one of our clean rooms

◇ Dead front

◇ Smoked as well as translucent colors for

    backlighting purposes


◇ Screen printing 

Roll to roll printing

◇ Pad printing

◇ UV printing

Major Material Options:

Polycarbonate (PC)

Polycarbonate materials are more workable for processes such as die cutting, embossing, and other physical effects

Polyester (PETE or PET)

PET has good chemical resistance and can be used in applications where the product is subject to chemicals, cleaning agents, and harsh environments

Polyvinyl Chloride   (PVC)

It is suitable for use under the temperature ranging from -15℃ to 55℃. And the thickness can be 0.125mm to 0.5mm.


​​Design details



 Chemical resistance

 Broad range


 Actuation life

 > 1 million

 Up to 200K

 Emboss ability



 Ink receptivity






 Fold endurance



 Material thickness

 Up to .010" (.254mm)

 Up to .060"(1.52mm)



 UL 94V-2/UL94V0

 Hygroscopic resistance

 Very good