New 50-Durometer 3A Silicone Resists Flex-Fatigue, Tearing, Low Temperatures

Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) has developed a 50-durometer silicone that meets the full requirements of A-A-59588, Class 3A, Grade 50. The elastomer, SSP-2523-T, combines low-temperature resistance with high tear strength and flex-fatigue resistance. SSP-2523-T is supplied as uncured ready-to-mold compounds, compression-molded sheets, and continuous rolls for gasket fabrication. A-A-59588, Class 3A and Flex-Fatigue Resistance The A-A-59588 standard is published by the U.S. General Services [...]


Platinum-Cured Silicones: What Gasket Fabricators Need to Know

Many gasket fabricators want to enter the medical marketplace or increase their sales to manufacturers of medical devices and equipment. Market research can be challenging, however, and some companies may believe – incorrectly – that all medical gaskets require cleanroom fabrication. By focusing on the right medical materials, however, you can uncover new business opportunities. Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) supplies platinum-cured silicones that support die cutting, water jet [...]


What’s the Best Way to Bond EMI O-Rings?

EMI O-rings combine environmental sealing with protection against electromagnetic interference (EMI). They’re made of silicone compounds that are filled with metal or metal-coated particles such as silver, silver-aluminum, or nickel-graphite. Gasket fabricators produce EMI O-rings by cutting EMI cord stock and then bonding the ends of cut lengths together. Applications for these donut-shaped seals include automotive, aerospace, industrial, medical, and military electronics. To convert EMI [...]


Silicone Greases: Advantages and Applications

Silicone greases provide parts lubrication and electrical insulation for applications that require resistance to demanding temperatures, pressures, and loads. These industrial lubricants have excellent fluidity at low temperatures and exhibit low volatility and good thermal stability at high temperatures. Compared to petroleum-based lubricants, silicone greases also have a wider useful temperature range.   Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) supplies silicone greases, lubricating [...]


Two Takeaways from the GFA Spring Meeting

Savannah is the oldest city in the state of Georgia. Visitors admire its historic buildings and cobblestone streets, but America’s Most Haunted City isn’t stuck in the past. Recently, members of the Gasket Fabricators Association (GFA) met in Savannah for the GFA’s semi-annual meeting. Topics of discussion included the current state and future prospects of an industry that’s moving rapidly.  As a leading supplier of specialized elastomers, Specialty Silicone [...]