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Amidst the waves of technology that continually wash over the modern world, keyboards still stand the test of time. They do not, however, remain unchanged. The standard keyboard now stands alongside several types, such as multifunctional, handheld and flexible keyboards, made from different materials. Read More…

Silicone Keyboards In the twenty-first century, keyboards are a commonplace sight. By definition, it is a typewriter-style device that uses an arrangement of buttons or keys to act as a mechanical lever or electronic switch.
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Eden Prairie, MN  |  800-806-6113

Our membrane switches are known for their high-quality and affordable prices. We work hard to find the precise parts that will work with your every need. It is our goal to create a relationship with you that is beneficial to both parties.

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ALUDEC USA $$$

Perry, NY  |  800-227-5718

JN White is an ISO 9001:2015 and ITAR-certified manufacturer of membrane switches, graphic overlays, and custom labels. We nimbly handle projects big and small and have the uncommon ability to translate what our customers need into high-quality, high-precision outcomes.

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JN White $$$

Watertown, CT  |  800-853-5617

At ECI, our silicone keyboards can be manufactured using both compression and injection molding capabilities. We can make the keypads and the individual keys itself in virtually any color, shape, or size. Contact us today with your specifications, and we will design a rubber keyboard tailor-made to your needs. Because the keypads are molded, their designs can vary from super simple to ultra-exotic. Contact us today to learn more about our capabilities.

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ECI Technologies $$$

Pomona, CA  |  909-784-6305

King Epoxy Emblem Technology Partners (KTP) is your go-to source for membrane switches. With our 16,900-square-foot facility, we have a broad range of capabilities such as in-house design and engineering support, warehousing, and turnkey assembly.

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King Epoxy Technology Partners (KTP) $$$

Kirkland, WA  |  888-211-6325

Experienced with membrane switch rapid prototyping, design and application, we are ready to help make it easy to put a custom product to market. Our staff will help you meet your aesthetic, environmental, mechanical and electrical requirements with the best quality, customer service and price found anywhere in the world.

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Almax EIS $$$

Milwaukee, WI  |  866-329-1804

RSP designs and manufactures the highest quality membrane switches. Our 30 years of membrane switch experience and operations in the US and China make us a trusted global supplier to clients large and small around the world. RSP also offers plastic molding, silicone keypads, packaging, warehousing, and complete turnkey contract manufacturing.

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RSP Inc. $$$

Calabasas, CA  |  866-317-0208

Pacific West America, Inc. has spent the past 18 years developing high-quality membrane switches, control panels, and flex-circuits. Our team has the knowledge to make sure your membrane switch has the right appearance, lighting, and texture for your application.

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Pacific West America, Inc. $$$
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One of these keyboard types is the silicone keyboard. Along with the silicone keyboard stands the silicone keypad, which uses similar technology. Keyboards and keypads made from silicone are common for a number of reasons. Firstly, silicone is considered to be an abundant resource, and as a result, products made with it can be cheaply produced. Secondly, a silicone keyboard can be quite durable, in some ways even more durable than a standard keyboard. Additionally, the silicone keyboard skin can protect the keyboard from many different substances.

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One type of keyboard that is almost universally made from silicone is the flexible keyboard. Its silicone makeup allows it such flexibility that it can be rolled up or folded, though it must be on a hard surface to work. The silicone is also liquid and dust proof.

Silicone keypads use the compression molding properties of silicone rubber to create angled webbing around a switch center, which, when pushed down, uniformly deforms to produce a tactile response. When the pressure is released, the switch returns to its neutral position with positive feedback.

Silicone keypads are not generally used with computers per se, but rather have applications in TV remote controls, video and HIFI units, mobile handsets, low current switching in automobiles, electronic games and toys, and industrial control equipment. Such equipment is used in the marine, medical, and military industries, and is sealed to comply with specific industry standards for protection against elements like dust and liquids.

A silicone keyboard or keypad can be customized to create several different surface effects. For example, a keyboard or keypad can take one, multiple or flowing colors through the addition of pigment into the natural silicone. Individual keys can also be illuminated by SMT LEDs that are placed on circuit boards after laser etching.

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