Molded primarily from silicone, elastomers offer an alternative look and feel to traditional user interface controls such as polyester or polycarbonate graphic overlays, mechanical switching, and even touch panels. Relatively inexpensive and very reliable, elastomeric keypads and controls deliver excellent tactile feedback, long operational life in a wide variety of conditions, and outstanding design flexibility.
Elastomeric keypads are typically compression molded parts used in conjunction with an underlying switching layer that can be designed as the complete cosmetic front panel assembly or as a component of the overall HMI construction. They can be co-molded and bonded to plastic housings, or designed to wrap around the switching assembly of the user interface to provide a water tight and sealed solution. By taking advantage of the design flexibility and versatility of silicone and other elastomeric materials, VIS can optimize the overall design approach to help reduce assembly layers and assembly time – translating into cost savings and a superior HMI solution.
A frequent choice for medical, industrial, and specialized electronics markets, elastomeric keypads and controls provide the design flexibility that’s limited only by our imagination. And regardless of the ultimate elastomeric solution, design integration requires knowledgeable upfront design capabilities and skills. VIS offers design, development, and manufacturing excellence to seamlessly integrate your HMI solution within budget and delivery deadline.
Tactile and Non-Tactile
Multiple Colors and Textures
Wide Variety of Durometers
Dual Durometer Keys
Standard Carbon Pills or Actuators
LED Windows, Light Pipes and Diffusers
Laser Etching and Screen Printing
Over-Molding and Plastic Keycaps
Numerous Coating Options
Complex button shapes, features, and arrays
Custom over-coating (Silicone and Polyurethane)
Environmental sealing and gasketing
Cost competitive at high volumes