Micro Motion membrane switch used in outdoor power generating equipment

Waterproof Membrane Switches and Keypads

Without a properly sealed waterproof membrane switch or waterproof keypad, your electronics are at risk of moisture, dust, dirt, and other fine particulate intrusions. This can damage your devices, leading to shortages and malfunctions that will not be cheap to repair.

Before designing your waterproof membrane switch or keypad, it’s important to note the difference between water-resistant and waterproof membrane switches: Water-resistant rubber keypads and membrane switches only resist water exposure such as vertical splash of spill. Waterproof switches and keypads, however, withstand complete submersion in water or spray wash downs.

Using waterproof membrane switches is the best way to protect your investments, saving you money, time, and stress.

Membrane Switches Designed for Outdoor Use

Dyna-Graphics manufactures waterproof membrane switches and keypads up to International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standard IP68. Components manufactured to this standard resist submersion in freshwater up to 1.5m (4.9 ft.) deep for up to 30 minutes, and withstand exposure to dirt, dust, sand, and humidity.

We recommend using IP68 waterproof rubber keypads for applications such as:

  • Boats/watercraft
  • Trailers
  • Trucks
  • ATVs
  • Handheld electronics

Our rubber membrane switches are made with high-grade silicon-rubber and conductive carbon pills or non-conductive rubber actuators. Through the compression molding process, an angled web is created around the keypad that collapses whenever a user presses a key. This protective webbing offers several benefits for the user.

Damage Protection from water, dust, and micro-particulate

The most important role of a waterproof membrane switch is protecting your valuable electronic devices from further damage. The compression-molded silicon-rubber of ruggedized membrane switches keeps out moisture, increasing the longevity of your devices.

Less expensive than other membrane switch and keypad types

Beyond its waterproofing abilities, what makes rubber keypads and switches such a popular choice is the low price point. These components tend to be less expensive than waterproof mechanical switches, allowing for the functionality you need at a cost-effective price.

Resistant against extreme temperatures and aging

Not only is the silicon perfect for resisting water and dust particles, but it also works well through heat and long-term use. The resistance to moisture and chemicals slows down deterioration, making silicone rubber keypads and waterproof membrane switches a great investment.

Flexible cosmetic options and tactile feedback customization

Waterproof membrane switches and rubber keypads can be designed in many different shapes, sizes, and colors to match your needs. They offer flexibility in rubber hardness, as well as keypad surface design. You can also create the style of tactile feedback you prefer, including 3-dimensional keypads and firm tactile response.

Added level of comfort with smooth silicone-rubber keypads

Keypads and membrane switches facilitate user interactions, and silicon-rubber is a great way to improve the user experience. Unlike plastic, rubber keys are soft, making them more enjoyable to press.

Easy cleaning with waterproof surfaces

Waterproof silicon-rubber keypads are easy to clean and disinfect. You’ll worry less about germs and contamination or dirt and debris penetrating the silicone rubber keypad switch.

View our gallery to see examples of our custom waterproof membrane switches. 

Features of Functional and Reliable Waterproof Membrane Switches

Choosing the right waterproof membrane switch or silicone rubber keypad for your application is an important decision. Before purchasing a waterproof user interface, it’s important to have the proper design for your application. Our professional staff is ready to assist you in creating that design.

Waterproof rubber keypads and switches must:

  • Be completely water-proof even in full submersion
  • Utilize an edge gasket between the overlay edge and mounting case
  • Be durable enough to ensure longevity
  • Use specific materials that prevent damage from extreme weather or temperatures
  • Have circuits isolated from outside environments
  • Be simple to install or retrofit into existing equipment

Contact Us to Discuss Waterproof Membrane Switch Options

Dyna-graphics is a trusted waterproof membrane switch and rubber keypad manufacturer. With over nine industries served, we possess the technology needed to provide the best solution for your application. Visit our Marine industry page to learn more about our custom waterproof membrane switch and rubber keypads.

If you have questions about using waterproof rubber keypads for your application, contact Dyna-Graphics or find a local representative today.

 

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