By Nick Gilbert
Dow Corning, a global provider of silicones and silicon-based technology, and its XIAMETER brand offers a wide variety of silicone solutions for use in touchscreens and keyboards.
Whether a device uses a keypad or a touchscreen, Dow Corning and XIAMETER brand silicone products play a key role in sophisticated electronics.
The XIAMETER brand offers liquid silicone rubbers (LSRs) that are suitable for application in keypads and keyboards. These LSRs provide soft, elastic contact for easy button activation and exclusive revival after applied pressure. In addition, the materials are resistant to several cleaning agents, environmental contaminants and water and have the capability to withstand high temperatures. LSRs also demonstrate long-term flexibility and durability ever after frequent use. XIAMETER RBL-9200 Series LSR and XIAMETER RBL-2004 Series LSR are two product ranges that are ideal for keypad applications.
Dow Corning has engineered an array of new silicone products for touchscreens and this solution helps to meet the demand for low- and very low-adhesion protective films for use in electronic devices. The innovative products can also help to protect fragile parts during manufacturing, storage, shipping and handling. Protective films designed with Dow Corning’s innovative silicone technologies deliver surface protection for flexible printed circuit boards, optical films, touch panels, LCD and TFT screens and other parts with sensitive surfaces.
Dow Corning 7651 and 7652 solutions offers a clean, optically-transparent, easily removable adhesive for protective films. Dow Corning AY42-258, a new hard coating launched in Asia, enables easy cleaning of electronic surfaces by delivering improved grease-removal capability, greater hardness, superior mar resistance and higher water repellency.