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Keypad Type and Material

There are a number of different materials used for a remote control keypad. The keypad is the part of the remote the user will touch with their finger and press in order to control a device. Some material are silicone rubber, hard plastic and membrane switches. Most remotes are designed for one specific keypad type, though combination keypads are sometimes available. Customization of keypads is generally only available with higher volume order (500 to 1000+ depending on the model of remote control).

Silicone Rubber    
The most common remote control keyboard material is silicone rubber. Different types of silicone can be used for different button feel (texture and pressure). Most silicone rubber keypads provide a softer button press for the user. The silicone rubber keypads can also include silk screen printing. Silicone keypads can be colored to fit your design requirements. Multiple colors can be used on a single remote. Glow in the dark silicone keypad material is also available.
Hard Plastic    
Some models of remote controls we offer have a hard plastic keypad. Typically these are single molded keys that fit into the top housing of the remote. The hard plastic keys are more durable that silicone rubber but are more costly to manufacture and assemble.    
Membrane keys are different from standard buttons in that the entire keypad is one sheet of keys that resets on top of the face of the remote. The keys are raised areas on the keypad area. Generally the keys click when pressed. Membrane keys are less permeable to environmental contions since there are no areas for liquids to enter from the face of the unit. Artwork on the keys can cover the entire face of the membrane keypad. Some remotes with membrane keypads are designed so the key circuit is actually part of the membrane keypad. This allows for custom button placement. Other membrane keys are basically overlays with a contact material on the inside of the dome, which makes contact with the PCB when pressed. This type of membrane keypad only allows for button count to be reduced. Buttons cannot be added or moved.