Basics of Conductive Pills

Conductive pills are frequently used in silicone keypads to short out the traces of a shorting pad on a printed circuit board. These pills, are usually made from a silicone conductive material that typically contains carbon. Conductive pills are attached to the plunger of a keypad for closing the circuit on a PCB trace. Before… 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 »

Benefits of Rapid Prototyping for Your Business

Have you ever had a brilliant idea for a new product, but you weren’t able to turn that idea into a reality? This has been a struggle for entrepreneurs, designers and businesses for many years. Throughout history, it has been a difficult process to take a product from idea to production, but through technology, this… Read more »

Tactile Response and How it Works

Silicone molded keypads made at SiTech are used in countless devices from aviation equipment to medical. The design of a tactile keypad is simple but elegant and understanding how it works will greatly help the design and outcome of your silicone keypad. The first step is to understand how the keypad can be tactile and… Read more »