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A simple solution to a complex need

Rubber keypads can provide outstanding and reliable performance in rugged working conditions where components may encounter water, dust, chemicals, vandalism or extreme temperatures.

Rubber Keypads
04/11/2021
Aviation rugged Graphic overlay with Rubber Keypads GPU

A simple solution to a complex need

RH developed this keyboard for Ground Crew in the Aviation Sector. It blends different technologies to create a simple solution to a complex need. When an aircraft touches down, a portable GPU (Ground Power Unit) connects to an aircraft to recharge the onboard batteries. Therefore, this device will spend much of its life out on the runway between aircraft.

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Safety in the elements

Due to the safety considerations, the Ground Crew needed this unit to be both weather-resistant and electrically secure. Our solution was to design a robust graphic overlay with an inset rubber keypad. The position of the rubber keys insulates the unit against a possibly dangerous discharge. Under these keys were positioned tactile metal domes that contact into a flexible copper circuit below. The construction of the unit’s chunky rubber buttons makes the GPU durable and responsive when operated by a gloved hand, as included in the concept design specification.

If you have a similar project scheduled for 2022, get in contact with us today and see if we can help?