Alps Electric stands at the forefront of value creation, forever turning out original products to reect market needs and conditions.
Fusion and advancement of technology is pivotal here as mechatronics technologies amassed over the years are merged with process technologies supporting functional device development and materials technologies used to develop and identify the best materials.
Enrichment of Technology
EMC and antenna evaluation technology integrated and enriched with advanced capabilities and systems
Five anechoic chambers of varying size at Alps *As of August 2011 (Alps data)
Electric’s EMC Evaluation Center are used for extensive
measurement and evaluation of the electromagnetic
compatibility (EMC) and antenna performance of
automotive products through to consumer appliances.
Evaluation facilities have been gradually strengthened
since 1996 to realize faster development and compliance
with EMC standards and restrictions. In 2011, chambers
for 10m and 3m EMC testing and small to medium
chambers for antenna testing were newly constructed at
Furukawa Plant (Miyagi Prefecture). The EMC Evaluation Center now has one of the industry’s
leading evaluation capabilities.
Locating product development units next to the center ensures maximum use of this capability
and speeds up processes from development through to evaluation and production while enhancing
product reliability through compliance with EMC standards and restrictions.
Fusion of Technology
Advanced optical and thin film process
technology fused with original technology
refined through innovation
Touch panels allow devices to be controlled by screen touch, but methods for detecting where
contact is made vary. Alps Electric develops and produces mainly two types.
Alps’ resistive panels, which detect touch position as electricity travels when upper and lower
sheets make contact, fuse technology acquired through development of products like
potentiometers with thick film process technology for printing electrodes onto plastic substrates.
The result—two layers (film and plastic), where normally there might be three (one plastic, two film),
as well as a high-quality product delivering clear images due to high transmittance and
incorporating optical technology to minimize light interference.
Alps’ capacitive panels sense touch by detecting changes in electrostatic capacitance generated
between a finger and a conductive sheet. Capacitive sensing technology built up through touchpad
development is applied. A film base is used instead of glass to create thin, light and unbreakable
touch panel devices. Proprietary thin film process and photolithography technologies realize a 50m
pitch between electrodes, the top level* for a mass-produced item, enabling film products with
unprecedentedly narrow frames. Quality is maintained by ensuring extreme cleanliness within
manufacturing facilities and painstaking elimination of dust sources. Alps’ touch panels truly
demonstrate integrative technological capabilities.
*As of August 2011 (Alps data)