Touch Screen vs. Custom Silicone Rubber Keypad

The use of touch screens in manufacturing, and commercial equipment has increased drastically over the last few years. While some applications may benefit from the use of a touch screen, there are many applications where the use of touch screens actually increases the cost of the equipment, or hinders the use. In many applications however,… Read more »

Finishes and Appearance of Molded Silicone Rubber

There are a few factors that have an effect on the finish and appearance of a molded silicone rubber product. These factors include the finish of the mold, flash removal, and whether or not mold release was used. While it may not seem important, the differences in finish can greatly vary the final outcome of… Read more »

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 »

Silicone Molding Methods – Advantages of Injection Molding

The process for injection molding liquid silicone rubber is a multistep process. Liquid silicone is provided in 2 barrels, an A and a B. The silicones viscosity allows them to be able to be pumped through hoses at using a metering pump. The pump also can shoot a specified amount of material pigment, that when… Read more »

What Is Laser Edge and When Do You Need It?

Remember when you had an old flip-phone with a traditional keypad? If it was anything like mine, the keypad eventually became worn out and unreadable. When it comes to silicone keypads, LaserEdge ™ from Si-Tech solves this problem. When making a silicone keypad, it is crucial to ensure that the keypad is user-friendly and readable…. Read more »

Design Rules and Guidelines

  When designing a silicone keypad or component it is important to consider how the tooling will be made as well as how the tooling will affect production. There are some industry standards that can help you with your design in regards to these considerations.                    … Read more »