How EMI Gasket Manufacturers Differ

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EMI gasket manufacturers can fabricate a range of products from electrically conductive silicones. That’s important since different challenges with environmental sealing and EMI shielding require different solutions. For example, industrial robots require molded or bonded EMI O-rings that fit into a groove. Enclosures may require flat EMI gaskets that are die-cut or flash-cut instead. There are also EMI gasket applications such as electronic displays that use custom-molded parts.

EMI Gasket Manufacturing Capabilities

Not all EMI gasket manufacturers can mold raw compounds, however. In fact, some can only cut flat sheets. There are also differences in how gasket fabricators bond the cut lengths of extrusions or sections of cut sheets. To ensure electrical conductivity, it’s critical for a fabricator to use conductive bonding materials that match the properties of the elastomer itself. Considerations include the EMI silicone’s temperature range, strength, and shielding capability. 

Certified Spec-Grade Materials

There’s not just one type of EMI elastomer, of course, and some projects require military gaskets that meet the MIL-DTL-83528 specification. There’s also a difference between claiming to meet the requirements of this spec and achieving a qualified product listing (QPL) from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). For defense contractors, partnering with a fabricator that is DLA-listed, uses QPL-certified materials, and can provide a Certificate of Analysis (COA) with every batch is the key to compliance.

EMI Silicones for Specific Challenges

EMI gasket manufacturers also differ in their ability to solve application-specific challenges. For example, if a housing’s compression force is limited, a shielding silicone with a low Shore A durometer is needed. In marine environments, EMI silicones tested to ASTM B117 resist galvanic corrosion. With satellite communications, materials tested to ASTM D75 Method A have low levels of outgassing. Flame-retardant EMI silicones that meet UL 94 flammability requirements are required for EV and rail applications.

Design Engineering and R&D Support

Some customers know exactly what they need, but most want an EMI gasket manufacturer who can help with material selection and gasket design. There’s even greater value in partnering with a fabricator with an in-house research and development (R&D) team that develops custom compounds. With the right engineering and R&D resources, a material supplier that’s also an EMI gasket fabricator can also recommend the lowest-cost form factors for the EMI silicones that it makes.

Material Supplier and EMI Gasket Manufacturer

Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) makes EMI silicones and supplies them as sheets, rolls, extrusions, and ready-to-mold compounds. We also fabricate these materials into bonded and molded EMI O-rings, flash-cut and die-cut EMI gaskets, and custom-molded parts. The materials we produce include QPL-certified MIL-DTL-83528 elastomers and low-durometer, corrosion-resistant, low-outgassing, and flame-retardant EMI silicones. SSP offers a COA with each batch and, because we have an in-house R&D team, can determine which material form factor offers the lowest cost.

All EMI Gasket Fabricators Aren’t the Same

SSP’s engineers, polymer chemists, and R&D technicians have completed many projects that distinguish us from other EMI gasket fabricators. Examples include the development of a low-temperature phenyl nickel-graphite-filled product with optimal low-temperature properties and rolls of a highly-conductive silver-aluminum product for critical electrical board applications. SSP has also developed a 40-durometer nickel-graphite silicone that is a UL 94 V0 flame-resistant, low-outgassing alternative to GORE 2100.

For more information, contact SSP or email Dominic Testo, SSP’s Business Development Manager. 


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