Custom industrial rubber keypads offer extreme design flexibility + long operational life

Design Mark’s custom industrial rubber keypads are a reliable, durable, and economical solution

Our custom industrial rubber keypads are manufactured from nontoxic elastic silicone rubber compounds that are processed from either compression or injection molding. These custom silicone rubber keypads can then be integrated with switch components such as printed circuit boards or membrane switches to create a versatile human-machine interface (HMI) device. Example applications include remote controls for TVs and security systems, handheld terminals, and electronic test equipment.

A leading custom rubber keypad manufacturer, Design Mark provides industrial keypads for many applications as well as large or small production runs. We can provide samples or prototype tooling and ramp up to production quantities after your initial design review and approval.

Features/benefits of rubber keypad design:

  • 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

The tactile feel of custom rubber 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. An advantage of 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).

Additional design options for industrial keypads:

  • 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
A closeup view of a blue rubber keypad