Silicone is made from artificially produced polymers that can be made of hydrogen, silicon oxygen, and carbon. Depending on the type of the silicone, it can either be phenyl or ethyl or methyl group of organic molecules. The physical properties of silicone are dependent on the length, as well as the spatial positions of their strains. The lengths and positions change whenever the silicone enters the chemical reaction with numerous chemical compounds, leading to the changes in silicone physical properties. These are some of the reasons why it is encouraged to use silicone rubber buttons in electronic design.
Benefits of Using Silicone Buttons in your Electronic Products
Silicone buttons are in different electronic products such as calculators, medical devices, industrial keypads, remote controls, PLCs, and in building construction equipment.
Generally, silicone keypads and carbon contact pills are being used in activating and deactivating electric circuits. When the silicone rubber keypad is pressed, the position changes so that the carbon contact pill completes the electric circuit. This allows the current to flow. As compared to other methods of circuit activation, this is considered to be cost-effective and reliable as there is no need to employ mechanical switches.
There are some types of electric equipment that operate below freezing point. The buttons are utilized to activate them are made of silicone rubber as this material is capable of withstanding very low temperatures. Since silicone is resistant to UV light, the rubber buttons are used in UV light medical equipment and devices.
Child toys should not be a source of dangerous toxins that can harm the health of a child. Due to the non-toxicity of silicone, toys that are equipped with silicone rubber buttons pose no threat to the owners.
Silicone is also a non-sticky material. This makes the silicone rubber button very pleasant and convenient to use.
The low cost of production and subsequent low wholesale price of silicone rubber buttons offers an excellent opportunity for more savings. This is a big help for manufacturing companies.
Customization of rubber buttons
During the process of vulcanization, the silicone enters a chemical reaction. The goal of this process is to force the silicone rubber to take the shape of its mold.
Then there will be the injection molding process wherein the silicone matter is placed into a barrel that is heated above the silicone melting temperature. Then, a high apparatus pressure will be used to pour the melted silicone to the cold mold. In this case, the liquid silicone will take the shape of the mold and will eventually harden as its temperature drops to room temperature level.
When it comes to the design of the mold, you can choose from so many designs available making it possible for you to have end products that come in varied shapes and sizes.
With all these things and benefits to offer, it is no wonder why so many people are starting to use silicone rubber buttons for their electronic design.