laserlargeDid you know, the very first device to use a backlit keyboard was a calculator back in 1983? About 20 years later, Apple would make this feature popular on laptop computers by offering it on MacBooks. Today, it remains a popular feature. Anyone who has ever tried to use a keyboard in dim lighting knows how helpful backlighting can be. However, this feature isn’t only for computer keyboards, thanks to Laser Edge from SiTECH, backlit keyboards are being used for silicone products in many industries.

What is LaserEdge?

LaserEdge is a technology developed by SiTECH to bring backlit keyboards to silicone products. Using a proprietary laser marking system, SiTECH has perfected backlighting for all types of silicone keypads.

Laser Edge offers the following benefits:

  • Very cost effective marking solution
  • Durability and wear resistant
  • Medium to high volume manufacturing
  • Shorter lead times
  • Graphic changes “on the fly”
  • Marking on flat, curved, or irregular surfaces

When do you need LaserEdge?

  1. When operating a keypad in low light conditions.

This probably goes without saying, but backlit keypads are useful in low light situations. In industries where accuracy is very important, being able to clearly see the keypad when operating the equipment is crucial.

  1. In high use situations

LaserEdge keypads are also useful when you need a durable and clear marking on your keypad. Key tops are marked with no discoloration of the underlying color or molded translucent silicone material. It creates an exceptional durable marking with superior quality even when small font sizes and detail graphics are involved. With LaserEdge durability, your keypad is able to remain clear and readable even after extensive use.

  1. When using complex key markings

If you need elaborate legends, key shapes and other complex key features, it can be economically produced using LaserEdge. When you need to create unique application specific keypads, SiTECH has you covered.

At SiTECH, we have used our LaserEdge system to deliver beautiful backlit keypads in applications such as:

  • Telephones & pagers
  • Computers and Peripherals
  • Audio/Video Equipment
  • Point of Sale
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Automotive
  • Medical Equipment
  • Military
  • Aerospace

If you need a backlit keypad for your next project, contact the experts. Call SiTECH at 757-887-8488.