We realize customer-specific silicone keymats
Benefit from our many years of experience and expertise.
Always our core competence
Silicone keymats have always been one of our core competencies and we support and advise you extensively on equipment and material selection. We can also take over the complete development and construction of a suitable silicone keyboard for your application.
Our silicone keymats are used in almost all industries. Here you can see a small excerpt of our references:
Silicone keyboard as front panel
Realized single button based on a silicone safety mat with a plastic cap
Benefits of Silicone Keypads
Silicone keyboards are extremely flexible and can be made into a variety of shapes and designs. In addition, the keyboards adapt perfectly to the housing construction.
Silicone keypads are very durable and resistant to wear, scratches and other damage. In addition, they have a resistance to moisture, dirt, chemicals and thermal influences. Its high mechanical lifespan of up to 10 million switching cycles makes it a long-lasting solution with a low maintenance risk.
Silicone keymats provide excellent tactile feedback. The actuating forces (force-displacement behavior) can be flexibly selected from 20g - 500g, the key travel from 0,3 to 5,0 mm. The buttons can also be made with different heights and contours to provide an enhanced user experience.
Diverse implementation options for electrical contacting - from inexpensive carbon printing to high-quality metal contact pills with a current carrying capacity of up to 2A. The use of metal snap disks or the actuation of a tact switch is also possible.
Selective or homogeneous backlighting of the keyboard or individual keys is possible without any problems.
Waterproof and dustproof
Silicone is naturally water-repellent and dust-proof. Therefore, silicone keymats offer some protection against moisture and dirt ingress, which increases the longevity and reliability of electronic devices.
Easy to clean
Thanks to the water-repellent properties, silicone keymats are easy to clean by simply wiping with a damp cloth. This is particularly important in environments where hygiene is an issue.
Low noise level
Silicone keymats generally produce little noise when the keys are pressed. This can be particularly important in environments where quiet operation is required.
As a central component, a silicone switching mat triggers a direct switching function on the circuit board underneath and determines the feel, the visual and tactile impression and the electrical behavior. In addition, the safety mat often assumes a sealing function on the printed circuit board. Its mechanical service life of up to 10 million switching cycles makes it a durable and almost maintenance-free input solution. It adapts to your design and is extremely flexible and space-saving.
Key travel from 0,3 to 5,0mm
Silicone Keypad Design
Silicone keymats adapt to your design and are extremely flexible. Different key shapes and individual key colors as well as multicolored keyboard lighting can be implemented without any problems. We support and advise you in detail with the equipment and the choice of material for your silicone keymat. We can also take over the complete development and construction of a suitable silicone keymat for your application.
Silicone keypads with plastic or metal caps
Plastic or metal buttons allow silicone keypads to be individually adjusted for various input commands. These keys can be easily painted with a wide range of symbols and colors, allowing extensive creative freedom. As an alternative to metal caps, it is also possible to chrome or metalize plastic buttons. For a night design, the keys can be labeled using laser engraving, giving them an attractive and functional aesthetic.
Silicone switch mats with epoxy coating
Silicone keymats with multicolored keyboard lighting
Through a very precise 2K injection molding process, a silicone keymat can have a multi-colored keyboard light. The process enables a light channel to be integrated into each individual button. This light channel is completely isolated from the rest of the transparent button and achieves a precise bundling of the light beam. Safety mats with this technology can now not only be backlit, the individual buttons can also display status information.
Silicone keyboard with laser engraving
Easily recognizable key symbols are essential, especially in diffuse working environments. One possibility for homogeneous backlighting is laser engraving. The key symbols are lasered in order to be able to backlight them. Very filigree inscriptions are possible with the laser.
Highly transparent silicone keymats
Thus, such a silicone keymat offers extensive protection of the underlying electronics from dust and moisture. The lighting can also be easily implemented using status LEDs in existing components, so that fewer individual components are required. The material is also particularly suitable for switch mats with key caps made of plastic or metal, as well as paint finishes in night design.
Silicone keyboard with light guides
Silicone keyboard with front frame
Practical solution: silicone keyboards with front frame as an assembly. The plastic front panel with integrated mounting sockets is overmoulded with silicone. This creates an optimal bond between the individual components and a completely closed surface. The keyboard is protected against the ingress of water and dust, enabling quick, easy and thorough cleaning.
The individual keys can be painted, printed or lasered in a further processing step. In addition, special surface coatings with PU or epoxy coating are possible. The advantage of multi-component injection molding technology is that only one component has to be designed. This significantly reduces the investments and the effort for production and quality assurance.
Thanks to our many years of expertise in the field of silicone keymats, we can offer you a comprehensive full service offer. Our engineers actively support you in the design and construction phase and in the selection of suitable materials.
Our product Designer can design your silicone keymat according to your wishes or revise the design or construction of an existing input solution. You have the choice of using our development and design services individually or as part of a more comprehensive support through to series delivery.
Our range of services includes sketching, conception, planning and preliminary construction, 3D/2D CAD design, realistic 3D renderings of product views and the creation of production documents such as technical drawings and parts lists. We can also produce prototypes using 3D printing or silicone casting.
For a first Packages we need a technical drawing, a first sketch or a sample as well as a specification sheet, technical specifications and information on extra equipment. Please also tell us the required quantity or the annual requirement. We would also be happy to conclude a non-disclosure agreement / NDA with you.
The N&H sample set includes a special sample silicone keymat with a variety of buttons and constructions, as well as a sample membrane keyboard with the various equipment options.