Using molded rubber keypads has become quite common in the medical laboratory. Rather than the old days of using samples in hand to perform tests, automated equipment has become the norm. New technologies, machines and designs can help scientists discover breakthroughs in the healthcare field. Many medical laboratories are now sterile environments that require the use of specialized high-tech equipment. When developing and creating medical laboratory instrumentation, it is important that the people using it can gain the maximum benefit from the equipment.

Here are a few things to keep in mind for added efficiency when considering and designing medical rubber molding keypads for laboratory instruments and equipment.

Accessibility
Placement of the device matters. If personnel are standing up or sitting down most of the time, the accessibility of the controls should be at that level. Choose placement of molded rubber keypad buttons carefully. Don’t make the user reach high or far to operate the equipment panel. Consider the height of the device and what type of chair will be used in its operation, if any.

Touch
Most people using medical rubber molding keypads in a lab are probably in a sterile environment and are wearing gloves. While many glove products are thin yet durable, they still minimize the sense of touch. As a result, it might make sense to add texture to your silicone molded keypad design. This makes it easier for users to touch and feel the keys, preventing possible mistakes in equipment operation from pressing a button more than once or not at all. SiTECH can help you create the right type of textured medical rubber molding on keypads to improve efficiency, accuracy and peace of mind.

Visibility
While considering the reach to the molded rubber keypad, pay attention to how easy it is to see and read. Decide whether certain components should visually stand out more than others. SiTECH can create colored keys and perform laser marking as needed to help users of your medical laboratory instruments press the right controls and use the right settings.

Cleanliness
As with any medically-related environment, laboratory equipment may be subject to sterilization procedures and possibly rugged temperatures. Specialized coatings can be applied to your medical rubber molding keypads to prevent swelling from exposure to certain chemical compounds or adhesive reactions to certain testing conditions.

When you are designing new or upgraded devices for your laboratory medical equipment, the design may be months or years in the making. If you need help with some of the details in using the right type of medical rubber molding components for your project, contact our SiTECH team.