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Custom Manufactured Keypads

Custom Manufactured Keypads

Looking for a keypad that's tailored to fit your specific requirements and perfectly aligns with your unique design needs and style? Explore the two popular customised keypad solutions Active offers: Silicone Rubber Keypads and Membrane Keyboards.

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Silicone Rubber Keypads

Silicone rubber keypads are a type of switch technology used in electronic devices. They are made from silicone rubber, a flexible and durable material that allows for easy pressing of the keys. They are widely utilised in consumer and industrial electronic devices as an affordable and dependable switching method.


What are the Benefits of Using Silicone Rubber Keypads?

  • High tactile feedback, providing a satisfying user experience.
  • Durability and longevity, with resistance to water, dust, and extreme temperatures.
  • Inherent shock absorption, protecting underlying electronics from impacts.
  • Advanced customisation in shape, size, colour, and printing

Design Elements for Silicone Rubber Keypads

Actuation Force

In the design of a silicone rubber keypad, the designer aims to achieve excellent tactile feedback when the keypad buttons are pressed. Therefore, actuation force becomes a critical element to consider. The actuation force of the keypad is the force required to initiate conduction in the buttons that connect with the PCB (Printed Circuit Board), providing tactile feedback to the operator when the rubber buttons are pressed.

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Key types

Patterns of conductive designs Silicone Rubber Keypads

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Other Capabilities of Customisation

Multi-colour printing, laser etching, various coatings (abrasive, smooth, glossy, metallic), illuminated keypads, epoxy keytops, and assembly with membrane circuits for brand-specific designs.

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Membrane Keyboard 

A membrane keyboard, also known as a membrane switch keyboard, consists of slim, flexible layers that serve as the keys for triggering signals to a system or device. The keys function as mechanical switches managing electrical connections, which generate signals to execute commands. Each switch governs an electrical circuit that remains dormant until activated by pressing.

What are the Benefits of Using Membrane Keyboards?

  • Compact and lightweight design, allowing for integration into slim and portable devices.
  • Low production cost compared to mechanical keypads.
  • Smooth surface that is easy to clean and less likely to harbour dirt or pathogens.
  • Quiet operation, with minimal sound during keypresses.
  • Customisation options include membrane keyboards with metal domes, LEDs, printed circuits, membrane overlays/cover plates, membrane labels, and PMMA.


Membrane Reference Materials


Polycarbonate Film (PC): Matt or Glossy surface

Thickness (mm): 0.075, 0.125, 0.175, 0.250, 0.375, 0.500

Polyester Film (PET) with UV-cured texture or Glazing –

Thickness (mm): 0.15, 0.20, 0.25

Circuit Layer

Silicone Rubber Keypad (Custom-Made)

Polyester Film (PET), Copper FPC PCB

Thickness (mm): 0.075, 0.100, 0.125

LEDs / Electronic Components Embedded


Carbon Ink, Conductive Silver Paste or Metal Domes


Polyester Film (PET), PC

Thickness: up to the design

Back-light Layer

AdhesiveAdhesive Double Tape or Glue

How can Active Components assist in this process?

  • Consultation Services - In a detailed consultation process, we provide expert recommendations based on our extensive experience in product development. 
  • Reliable Quality - With over 40 years of experience, we produce dimensionally accurate precision parts with a high-quality finish by working closely with accredited and trustworthy manufacturers.
  • Complete Service Package - Beyond supplying electronic parts, we deliver tailored solutions specifically designed to fit your product's unique requirements.

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