Rubber Keypads/Elastomer Keypads

What is a Rubber Keypad?

Rubber keypads and elastomer keypads
Rubber keypads are manufactured from nontoxic elastic silicone rubber compounds that are processed from either compression or injection molding. These keypads can then be integrated with switch components, such as printed circuit boards or membrane switches to create a very versatile human to machine interface device. A good example is a modern day television remote control device.

Ultimately, the rubber keypad is a reliable, durable, and economical keypad solution. Design Mark is a leading keypad supplier ready to provide custom keypads for many applications and all size production runs.

Design Mark will work with your design or aide in creating a design to meet your application needs. Working with our keypad suppliers we can provide the input you need to get your project launched. Design Mark can provide samples or prototype tooling or ramp up to production quantities after your initial design review and approval.

The Tactile Feel of Keypads

When designing a silicone rubber keypad, one of the top considerations is the keypad’s tactile response and feel. This is the tangible and physical response that you feel when depressing a button or key on a rubber keypad. A big advantage in using rubber keypads is that this tactile feel can be customized to meet the design requirements of your project.

This complex process is accomplished by manipulating the keypad’s actuation force, key travel, contact force and return force to achieve the appropriate tactile feel (Snap Ratio).

Common Features/Benefits of Keypads

Rubber keypads share these common features and benefits:

  • Excellent tactile feel interface
  • Inexpensive keypad solution – most applications are less expensive than a mechanical switch
  • Relatively inexpensive tooling
  • Stability over a wide temperature range
  • Shock and vibration absorbent
  • Lightweight
  • Extremely durable and reliable
  • Long operational life
  • Water resistant
  • Design flexibility – keys can be molded to almost any customer specification and shape

Additional options available for rubber keypad designs:

  • Elastomer keypads and silicone rubber keypads in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.Conductive or non-conductive
  • Multiple color options
  • Phosphorescent “glow-in-the-dark” material additives
  • Silkscreen printed keys
  • Laser etched keys
  • Hard coating
  • Epoxy coating
  • Environmental shielding options
  • Printed or laser etched legends
  • Printed circuit board assembly

Keypad Applications:

Below are just a few examples of rubber keypad applications:

  • Business/office equipment
  • Cellular phones
  • Computer technologies
  • Consumer electronics
  • Electronic test equipment
  • Handheld terminals
  • Medical equipment
  • Security systems

How to Work with Design Mark for Rubber Keypads Applications

Rubber backlit keyboard Design Mark works with customers at various stages of their product development process, from prototype to production. Design Mark offers design and engineering support for early-stage product development or can simply provide a quote for the desired quantities of fully-engineered and ready-to-manufacture rubber keypads.

Design Mark recognizes that each project is unique. With over 30 years of experience, Design Mark’s team of engineers and designers is dedicated to bringing expertise, innovation and quality to the finished keypad product.

Use Design Mark’s Secondary Assembly and Value-Added Services for Rubber Keypads

Customers who use Design Mark’s value-added services can:

  • Get products to market faster
  • Streamline the assembly process
  • Boost bottom-line profitability

Learn more about Design Mark’s Secondary Assembly and Value-Added services.

Contact Design Mark for Custom Rubber Keypads

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