Shielding Silicones with Conductive Fabric Reinforcements

Silicone rubber that’s filled with metal or metal-coated particles provides excellent EMI/RFI shielding and environmental sealing. The heavy loading of metal fills increases electrical conductivity, but can reduce tensile strength and Z-axis compression. If a material lacks sufficient tensile strength, cutting a small part with a thin cross-section may result in tearing during application or packaging. To address these concerns, Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) offers ArmouRFI™ [...]


Silicone Greases for Sealing and Insulation

Silicone greases are waterproof lubricants that provide sealing and insulation for mechanical, electrical, military, marine, and many other applications. They’re made by combining a silicone oil with a special thickener, and are supplied in tubes, jars, cartridges, and plastic pails as a translucent, whitish, viscous paste. Many different types of silicone greases are available, so it’s important to select a lubricating compound that’s right for your application. Specialty [...]


Fluorosilicones White Paper for Designers and Fabricators

Design engineers and gasket fabricators like fluorosilicones because these elastomers combine the high and low temperature resistance of silicones with the fuel and oil resistance of fluorocarbons. Yet all fluorosilicone rubber isn’t the same. Some materials meet general-purpose or application-specific sealing requirements. Others are filled with metal-coated particles for EMI shielding. If you need a fluorosilicone for your next sealing or shielding project, what’s the right type [...]


Silicones That Meet Military and Aerospace Requirements

Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) supplies M83528 gasket materials and a full line of silicones and fluorosilicones that meet military and aerospace requirements. Specifically, SSP provides compounds that are fully tested to MIL-R-25988B and A-A 59588 standards. Converters, gasket fabricators, and aerospace and defense contractors can also choose SSP compounds that meet SAE AMS 3326 requirements. MIL-R-25988B Fluorosilicones MIL-R-25988B is a U.S. military specification (MIL-SPEC) for [...]


Three Silicone Sourcing Lessons from GFA Expo 2016

Orlando is a premiere vacation destination, especially during the cold-weather months in more northern climates. This central Florida city is best known as the home of Walt Disney World, but Mickey Mouse isn’t the only attraction there. From April 5 to 7, 2016, members of the Gasket Fabricators Association (GFA) met at Orlando’s Rosen Shingle Creek conference center for the 2016 Gasketing/Converting Expo. Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) attended this three-day event, and learned [...]