Elastomeric technology is based on silicone. The material gets compression molded into a panel design to fit the customer needs. Contact is established with snap domes or pills on a flexible or a rigid PCB.
The technology allows for any shape, color or surface feel of the keys, with marking and illumination available. Furthermore, the tactile feel of the keys can be adjusted with changes in the thickness and shape of the rib design.
As the solution is molded of rubber and pressed against the front panel when mounted, the technology provides a good sealing from the external environment. Elastomer solution can support up to IP69K level sealing.
Time-to-market & cost
Using compression molding means the production process is less complex to create and maintain making it quicker to go from design to production.
ELASTOMER PANEL TECHNOLOGY IS A GOOD CHOICE WHEN
- A handheld outdoor application due to sealing and light weight
- An ergonomic key design due to flexibility in the molding
- A unique tactile feedback because the travel and force can be adjusted with the rib design
- Construction equipment
- Agriculture machinery