What Are the Differences Between ITAR and EAR?

ITAR is mainly for military or defensive articles, but it also includes space related technology. ITAR is designed to regulate goods and technology designed to kill or defend against death in a military environment. This is because of the potential application for missile technology. EAR regulates the goods and technology that is designed for commercial… Read more »

Unique Properties of Silicone & How It is Beneficial to You

Much of human history has been written about discovery and invention, and the history of silicone is no different. Overtime, silicone has been adapted and used for a variety of different uses; and it’s unique properties have allowed society to achieve many feats of greatness. In one sense, silicone has been used by mankind for… Read more »

Color Matching Translucent Silicone

When designing your silicone rubber component or keypad, it is important to consider the look of your product. Many products require the need of backlit keypads or light pipes for indicators. These products are made using a translucent silicone that allows the light to pass through it like similar to glass. Technological advancements in the… Read more »

Proper Mold Design – Why it Matters

Liquid silicone rubber molding is one of the best options for molding custom keypads, and components that have irregular shapes and sizes. During the initial setup of production of a silicone rubber keypad or component, there is one step that is the most important factor. That step is mold design. The mold design of a… Read more »

What is ITAR, and How it Will Affect Your Company

The International Traffic in Arms Regulations or ITAR for short was enacted in 1976 to implement unilateral arms export controls during the Cold War with USSR. This simply means that the United States government wished to decrease the exportation of technology to nations that were allied with the Soviet Union. ITAR in basics, is a… Read more »

User Interface: Touch Screens vs Silicone Rubber

Touch screens seem to be the new trend right now, but when designing a user interface for a product, you need to think of what the primary uses are. While touch screens may look cool, they have several issues that do not make them ideal for certain situations and environments, where custom silicone rubber products… Read more »

Staying in the Game: Designing Tips for Player Control Keypads

Gaming has become a hot industry, and creating the right control keypad is critical to game operation and popularity. Using custom silicon rubber keypads can make the user experience better and create a more reliable product. There are several things to keep in mind when designing new gaming keypads or improving current systems. Soft Keys… Read more »