Updated Materials Selection Guide Provides Engineering Assistance for Silicone Materials
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.--An updated Silicone Materials Selection Guide from Stockwell Elastomerics, Inc. offers insights on the properties and benefits of using silicone for gasketing, sealing, and cushioning applications. Intended as a resource to help engineers and product designers find the best silicone materials for various applications, the comprehensive guide details Stockwell Elastomerics' silicone rubber materials offerings in closed cell silicone sponge, cast silicone foams, gum-based solid silicone, and liquid-based solid silicone. It also provides engineering assistance for common pressure-sensitive adhesives offerings and product-enhancing surface lamination options for silicone foam and silicone sponge rubber.
"This updated Silicone Materials Selection Guide is a quick 'go-to' reference for engineers and designers," said Steve Hughes, applications engineer at Stockwell Elastomerics. "Silicone has become the material of choice by engineers for critical gasketing and cushioning applications. This can be attributed to its wide operating temperature range, resistance to compression set (good memory), UV resistance, and long life."
The new Silicone Materials Selection Guide (www.stockwell.com/SiliconeGuide) begins with a section on the material properties of silicone rubber, such as its long-term compression set resistance, flame retardant capabilities, electrical conductivity, electro-static discharge (ESD) characteristics, and thermal conductivity, which make silicone a versatile elastomer. The guide also includes sections on silicone sponge rubber and silicone foam materials, solid silicone rubber compounds, acrylic and silicone pressure-sensitive adhesives, and a selection of available surface laminations. A copy of the updated guide can be downloaded directly from www.Stockwell.com/SiliconeGuide.
Stockwell Elastomerics (www.stockwell.com) is an ISO 9001:2000 registered, custom manufacturer of silicone gaskets, pads, and silicone rubber/elastomeric components. The company offers fast-turn prototyping for most silicone materials, often utilizing water jet cutting to produce parts that are cut to size from customer-supplied CAD files. In addition to waterjet cutting, Stockwell's in-house capabilities include custom molding, die cutting, and adhesive lamination.
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