Preventing Outgassing in Keypad Assemblies

  When dealing with a sealed keypad assembly, there is one important factor that is often overlooked. Does any of the material used within that assembly outgas? Outgassing is the name of gas releasing that was dissolved, evaporated, trapped or frozen from a material. Often this occurs once a material reaches a certain temperature level,… Read more »

Benefits of ITAR-Compliant Military Keypads

To the average consumer, the term “ITAR“ might sound like the next line of Apple inventions following the iPad, iPod, or iPhone. However, for those looking for an ITAR certified supplier for military applications, there shouldn’t be any confusion about the acronym. This is because ITAR compliance for U.S. manufacturers is serious business. When it… Read more »

Methods of Injecting Silicone Rubber

There are various methods of injecting silicone rubber into a mold, some good and some bad. Two very important things to consider when designing an injection mold are the runner system & gating. Depending on the number of cavities you decide to run within your silicone mold, a balance of flow may be needed. Knowing… Read more »

Benefits of Backlighting

When Apple computers released the first Macbook with a backlit keyboard, consumers went wild. Such a simple design perk had a remarkable effect on the sale of Macbooks and how they were used. Needless to say, the backlighting was a crucial feature for anyone who wanted to use a computer in the dark and today… Read more »

Customize Your Design with Color

One of the more popular growing trends in silicone rubber component & keypad manufacturing is the utilization of colors in the design. While the generic black keypad & white text is the default for most designs, we have seen customers request over 10 different colors on a single silicone rubber keypad. The utilization of colors… Read more »

How Rapid Prototyping can Create a Better Final Product

With so much competition in business today, nobody can afford to launch a product that is not up to par. This type of miscue can be a nightmare for your brand, your product reputation, and your bottom line. So how can you avoid the pitfalls of a bad product? Try using rapid prototyping during product… Read more »

Recommended Storage Conditions

Often customers ask the question, “What is the shelf-life of your molded silicone keypads & components”, and the answer isn’t always as straight forward as you’d think. There are some important factors that the manufacturer of the device that uses the silicone rubber needs to consider, as well as some guidelines in place for proper… Read more »