PM-KB™ Illuminated Keyboard Testing Software

PM-KB™ Illuminated Keyboard Testing Software
PM-KB™ Illuminated Keyboard Testing Software

PM-KB is a dedicated, turnkey system for automated visual inspection of illuminated keyboards.

Illuminated keyboards and keypads can exhibit variations in brightness and color from key to key, and even within keys, that are noticeable to the end-user. This inconsistency can detract from the user experience and, in extreme cases, these variations may strongly impact product usability. 

A member of the Radiant Vision Systems ProMetric Software family, the PM-KB system combines application-specific software and a ProMetric® Imaging Colorimeter or Photometer to perform rapid, automated visual inspection of backlit keyboards and keypads for character luminance and chromaticity, and assess overall keyboard luminance and color uniformity. PM-KB also tests to ensure that key caps are installed correctly and that each key is in its proper location. PM-KB is a dedicated testing system and is easy to set-up and operate.

PM-KB uses a ProMetric imager to test all keys and characters simultaneously, capturing and processing data much faster and more consistently than a human inspector or a spot measurement device.

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Multiple Testing Options

PM-KB allows users to define a complete set of measurement conditions and pass/fail criteria for specific points of interest on any keyboard or keypad, including:

  • the total number of allowed individual character failures;
  • the minimum luminance uniformity between characters;
  • the maximum color difference between characters (when color is measured).

Different keyboard models are stored individually for reference. To simplify switching between multiple models, you can automatically apply a reference model based on the model being tested, including size and arrangement of keys, or language and characters of any type. All test parameters and pass/fail criteria are set on installation and are protected from change under ordinary operations.

Designed for High-Volume Manufacturing

On the production line, PM-KB presents a simple, easy-to-use interface with straightforward test initiation commands and pass/fail indications. PM-KB can record device barcodes (or accept input from a production control system) as part of the testing process. Test reports can also be generated to preserve data for later examination.

To allow sequential testing of multiple keyboard or keypad models, PM-KB maintains a database of keyboard configurations, testing parameters, and keyboard-specific pass/fail criteria definitions. These can be quickly changed in production, making it simple to change models or pass/fail requirements. Unlike with human operators, no retraining is required.

To ensure line-to-line and location-to-location consistency, Radiant provides a special-purpose calibration light source for use with the PM-KB system, which ensures common calibrations between PM-KB and additional ProMetric products incorporated into the system.

Multiple System Configurations

PM-KB can be used with a ProMetric Imaging Colorimeter or Photometer, providing multiple options to achieve the pixel resolution, dynamic range, and cost requirements for your application.

Supported by Radiant's global support staff and distributor network, PM-KB is field-proven and has been used to test millions of illuminated keyboards and keypads in high-value devices worldwide.

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