What Is RoHS and Why It Is Important

RoHS stands for the Restriction of Hazardous Substances, and it impacts the entire electronics industry as well as many electrical products. RoHS specifies a maximum level for six restricted materials, the main materials listed are: Lead (Pb): < 1000 ppm Lead is commonly used in solder, lead-acid batteries, and the glass of cathode-ray tubes. Mercury… Read more »

Advantages of Made In America Products

SiTECH is based in Newport News, Virginia where they manufacture custom silicone keypads and other products. ¬†According to a study conducted by Consumer Reports, 78% of Americans would rather buy an American-made product than an identical product manufactured abroad. The belief that products created in America keeps jobs in America is one of the primary… Read more »

Using Metal Domes in your Silicone Rubber Keypad

If your custom silicone keypad needs a tactile response, then metal domes are typically the best choice. Metal domes are made from stainless steel, and have various different coating options that affect the resistance. These domes, once used with a flex circuit, PCB (printed circuit board), or membrane switch become open tactile switches. Here at… Read more »

How Technology Has Streamlined the Manufacturing Process

Technology is ever-improving and while we know that phones have gotten smaller, cars have gotten smarter, and appliances are pretty self-sufficient, we tend to focus primarily on consumer goods and technology. However, those improvements are only possible because of the manufacturing technology that has also drastically improved. At SiTECH, our process is streamlined to provide… Read more »

SiTECH Solutions for Military Rubber Components

One of the many challenges facing a designer of military equipment is finding an ITAR certified company to mold components that precisely comply in method, size, likeness in appearance and color. At SiTECH our engineers can work off of military specification drawings and create ITAR certified rubber military keypad molding components. We match the liquid… Read more »

Why Undercuts Can Help Your Design

When it comes to molding complex and intricate parts, planning is the key to success. One of the best advantages liquid silicone rubber molding offers that traditional plastic molding does not is undercuts. Undercuts are recessed surfaces that will interfere with the de-molding process. With silicone rubber this is not the case. When planned correctly,… Read more »

Key Mechanical Design Considerations when Partnering with Si-Tech

Silicone combines excellent feel, reliability and long life in the most rugged environment. Silicone keypads are used in a wide range of applications including medical, industrial, instrumentation and communications equipment. While designing a new silicone rubber component or keypad it helps to use the fundamental rules of dimensioning and tolerancing, as well as some general… Read more »