Flexible Solutions

Katie Sullivan

Recent Posts

Tolerance Challenges When Die Cutting Soft, Flexible, Thick Materials

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Jan 17, 2019 9:20:00 AM

Technological advances in properties of soft, flexible foam and elastomeric materials have continued to advance. These thick, soft, flexible foams and elastomers are ideal materials for sealing, gasketing and cushioning across many industries and applications. They compress, form to irregular surfaces, bend, and flex within an application without damage or de-lamination, but from the perspective of the die cutter, may also introduce challenges when trying to achieve the tight dimensional tolerances common in metal and plastic-molded parts.

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Topics: Elastomers, BISCO Silicone, Foams, PORON Foam, Tolerance

New success story: Silicone Gasket for Navigation/ Infotainment module

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Nov 8, 2017 12:22:44 PM

We have published a new success story!  In this story, the customer required a static seal for a navigation module that would be contained and used on the exterior of a recreational vehicle.  The exterior navigation/infotainment module would be exposed to outdoor elements including extreme temperature swings, rain, wind and dust.  The gasket was required to perform as designed for the life expectancy of the class A RV.  This can be more than 10 years!  

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Topics: BISCO Silicone, Foams, Silicone

Antimicrobial Sealing Gasket - A New Application Story

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Mar 29, 2017 2:05:18 PM

In this newly released application story, a global designer and manufacturer of critical intercommunication devices experienced a gasket failure allowing moisture to leak and compromise the internal components of their console.  

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Topics: Foams, PORON Foam

Thermal Resistivity and Thermal Conductivity in Silicone Foam and Sponge

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Jan 27, 2017 10:13:34 AM

Thermal resistivity and thermal conductivity can be two very important physical features of foam materials to certain applications. Most devices containing electronics must be designed to deal with heat in one way or another. Electronic circuitry operates most reliably at lower temperatures. High operating temperatures decrease the service life of the device or module.  It is critical for designs to either conduct or isolate heat.

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Topics: Foams, BISCO Silicone, Thermal Management

3 Questions Answered about Compression Set Resistance in Foams

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Jan 18, 2017 4:34:09 PM

When choosing a foam for a product design, one feature that should be considered is the compression set resistance of the foam.  C-Set is one of the most important characteristics to consider, and this blog post answers three basic questions to explain why. 

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Topics: Foams, PORON, compression set resistance, Elastomers, PORON Foam, BISCO Silicone

Solutions for Medical Device Assemblies

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Oct 21, 2016 10:40:18 AM

We believe that true stories can tell you more than any fluffy Marketing Materials that we create.  That is why we are sharing two new Case Studies in this blog post.  Both Case Studies explore die-cut solutions that Marian provided to Medical Device Companies.  In this Industry, component quality and reliability is critical.  Additionally, assembly efficiency and cost savings are important to the success of the business.  In these case studies, you will see that Marian is well equipped and prepared to meet the stringent requirements demanded by products in the Medical Device Industry.  Enjoy!  

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Topics: medical device, Foams, PORON Foam

Electromagnetic Compatibility in Medical Device Design

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Oct 5, 2016 11:24:42 AM

As medical device designs trend toward including cutting-edge electronics technology and wireless capabilities, EMC is a growing factor in device design.  

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Topics: EMI Shielding

5 Things to know about the New Low VOC Attachment Tapes from 3M™

Posted by Katie Sullivan

May 2, 2016 2:53:20 PM

3M™ has released a series of new attachment tapes for the automotive market with a goal to strengthen their offering in low VOC thin attachment tapes where increasing regulation and OEM/Tier suppliers are driving a larger need.  Here are 10 things you should know about them:

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Topics: Pressure Sensitive Adhesive

PTFE Membrane Vents for Protecting LED Lighting Enclosures

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Mar 16, 2016 10:27:13 AM

Hydrophobic microporus vents are a cost-effective way to protect your LED product by keeping dust and liquids out of the enclosure and relieving positive pressure or negative pressure in the enclosure.

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Topics: IP Rating, LED Lighting

Bend, Blend and Reshape light with Luminit light shaping diffusers

Posted by Katie Sullivan

Feb 9, 2016 9:30:00 AM

What is a Light Shaping Diffuser?

Manufactured by Luminit - LSDs are light diffusing films with patented holographic patterns embedded into optically clear polycarbonate or polyester sheets.  They homogenize and directionally shape light with high-transmission efficiency.  Applications that could benefit from this technology are LED lighting, architectural lighting, recessed down lighting, signs & displays.  

 

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Topics: manufacturing techniques, LED Lighting