Utilizing Rapid Prototyping

With increasing time constraints and demand for samples and visual references, rapid prototyping became a necessity for companies to utilize. Here at SiTECH, we offer the capability to rapid prototype liquid silicone rubber into keypads, and components. Our rapid prototyping offers: shorter lead times of 2-3 weeks, reduced product development, cost design validation, market presentation aides,… Read more »

5 Tips for Creating an Effective Keypad

Not all keypads are created equal, so what is it that sets the best apart from the rest? Here are our 5 key ingredients to creating a truly effective keypad: Customization Imagine that you are at a car dealership looking for a very specific red Porsche 911 GT Turbo. You know exactly the type of… Read more »

Second Processes and Silicone Keypads

The reason second processes are used with silicone keypads and components is to convey the purpose of the individual key or component to the end user. Here at SiTECH, we have multiple options exist for decorating a keypad or component with legends. One of the easiest ways to decorate a silicone rubber keypad or component… Read more »

Lead Time for Your Project

The countdown to a New Year is a time when every second is taken in and valued. As one-year transitions into the next, we usually plan where we will be when the ball drops. However, being aware of the passage of time isn’t only important at the end of the year, it’s also crucial for… Read more »

Part Shrinkage and Complex Molding

Molded liquid silicone rubber keypads and components shrink after the demolding process. The materials we use at SiTech typically shrink approximately 2-3% after the demolding process. There are a few factors that will cause the part shrinkage to be difficult to predict. They Include: The mold temperature. The more heat applied to the silicone, the… Read more »

Basics of Conductive Pills

Conductive pills are frequently used in silicone keypads to short out the traces of a shorting pad on a printed circuit board. These pills, are usually made from a silicone conductive material that typically contains carbon. Conductive pills are attached to the plunger of a keypad for closing the circuit on a PCB trace. Before… Read more »