In the last few years the number of applications for rubber keypads in relatively low volume Industrial products has increased significantly.
Alongside the lower cost of development and tooling charges, the primary reason for the increases in applications is the creative designs that can be produced. Industrial designer have long since realized the design benefits of working with rubber to create a well designer HMI.
In addition the range of tactile responses that can now be engineered into a design help to ensure that a products feels good for a user thus helping the marketing effort behind a product.
Mobile phone applications have the dominant volume market place for rubber keypads over the recent years. This has lead to significant technical enhancements to provide the visual effects customers required.
These design features include Laser etched keys for better backlighting effects, plastic key tops for more resilient keys and metallic surface finishes. Information on these techniques can be found under our design features section in the side menu.
Remote Control Keypads
The market for Remote Control keypads has risen to a very high volume over the last 10 years fuelled by their increased use in practically all entertainment products.
Most designs incorporate the use of Flowing Color key coloring and large multi-position navigation keys. Because of their high use patterns most remotes now use specifically developed PC Coating to maintain the key legends.
Silicone Rubber keypads have replaced standard mechanical switches, and in the process reduced the cost of many mainstream computer keyboards.
Keys were developed to give similar response to a mechanical switch thus allowing users to maintain data entry rates.
In the last 5 years Automotive manuafacturers chose rubber to provide robust tactile response in application such as ICE and Aircon. However as the move towards low voltage/current switching within a vehicles wiring system gathers pace tactile rubber elements are replacing traditional mechanical switch elements in main function control buttons.