Sealing and Shielding
6 Tips When Selecting an Electrically Conductive Adhesive
There are many ways to improve the electrical continuity of electronic enclosures and the resultant EMC performance using a variety of electrically conductive gaskets and mechanical fasteners.  Such...
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Installation of Linear Fluid Power Seals
  So, you’ve unboxed the shiny new Parker seals you ordered – now what?  Installing seals for the first time can be challenging without the right know-how and tools. In this article we’ll discuss best...
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Reduce Downtime and Costly Seal Replacements: Seal Failure Diagnosis Part 1
There are many situations where an O-Ring may not last as long as one thinks that it should. When the expectation is realistic and yet the seal fails earlier than expected, the...
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How to Solve Large-Size Sealing Challenges at Temperatures up to 800 °C
When classic sealing materials – for instance in temperature ranges above 300°C and below -50°C – reach their limits alternative materials are required such as metal with appropriate coating/plating....
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What to Know About O-Ring Cytotoxicity and the Pharmaceutical Industry
Most pharmaceutical manufacturers produce drugs in large vats of living cell cultures. For the production of these drugs, it is extremely important to ensure that these cell cultures are not exposed...
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Low Drag Dynamic Sealing for Hydraulic Clutch Applications
As automatic transmissions become more advanced as a system, the components within must evolve as well. Performance drives the design and there are many factors that must mesh together to achieve the...
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Five Things to Consider When Dispensing Form-In-Place EMI Gaskets and Thermal Gel
Automated form-in-place (FIP) dispensing of EMI shielding gaskets can be ideal for complicated patterns on electronics housings because automation allows for control over the size and shape of the...
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Managing EMI and Lightning Strike Protection in Today’s Aircraft
Composite materials have been replacing metal structures throughout the aircraft industry primarily to save weight, improve fuel economy and reduce costs.  But the lack of electrical conductivity in...
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3 Advantages of a Double Chamfer Radial Seal
More often than not, an O-ring makes for a great sealing element. They seal over a wide range of pressure, temperature and tolerance. Normally they require very little room, are readily available,...
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Form-In-Place Gaskets: What They Are and What They Are Not
Form-in-place EMI gaskets, also known as FIP EMI gaskets, is a robotically dispensed electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding solution that is ideal for modern densely populated...
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EMI and Environmental Sealing for Munitions Applications
Material selection for military applications requires careful consideration, as there are strict requirements to ensure maximum durability, security and of course performance. In munitions, or...
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Answers to Your In-Service Rubber Properties Questions
Are you uncertain of what to look for when comparing material data reports for various elastomers?  Ever wonder about the impact a seal’s durometer has in the application? Have you asked, ‘What...
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Thermal Pads: Which Layer Do I Peel Off?
Most thermal pads, also known as thermally conductive gap filler pads, thermal gap pads, or thermal gap filler pads, have many different layer materials or carrier substrate options to choose from. It...
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How to Read a Rubber Test Report: The 4 Most Common Misunderstandings
We've all done it at least once: looked at a report, read the numbers on it, and come up with exactly the wrong conclusion. Pass/fail limits and results are printed right there, but for some reason,...
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Is an ASTM Callout the Best Way to Specify Your Elastomer Needs?
I have had many discussions with customers as to the value of using an ASTM elastomer compound description on their prints to define a specific application or elastomer requirement versus listing...
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Large-Size PTFE Seals Withstand Aggressive Media and High Temperatures
Seals made of the fluoropolymer PTFE are used where many other sealing materials (such as rubber elastomers, polyurethanes, fabric-reinforced elastomer seals, etc.) reach their limits in terms of...
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5 Design Considerations for EMI and Weather Sealing Combination Gaskets
Combination electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding and weather gaskets, more commonly known as EMI shielded combo strip gaskets, are an excellent choice for a variety of applications that...
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Discover a New Electrically Conductive Flame Retardant Plastic
Electrically conductive plastics continue to provide reliable EMI shielding in a wide variety of applications. Specifically, thermoplastics can overtake bulky metal enclosures due to their superior...
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Semiconductor Fabs Lower Cost of Ownership with HiFluor Materials
In our July Semiconductor entry, we noted that lowering the cost of ownership is a multi-faceted goal. We discussed how one of the areas for potential improvement is mechanical design and how the...
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6 Benefits of Overmolded Covers for Aerospace and Defense Applications
It's no surprise that electronic enclosures and housings in aerospace and defense applications are built to meet the most stringent of military standards. These include but are not limited to...
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