Flexible Solutions

3 Common Misconceptions About Durometer

Posted by Andrew Bonar

July 9, 2019 9:32 AM

The Shore durometer (pictured right) is a scale for measuring the hardness of a material, such as rubber, plastic, thermal  plastics (TPE), and rigid plastics. The term "durometer" is often used to describe a material's rating on the scale, for example “this material has a durometer of 60.”
It's worth noting, there are a variety of durometer scales since elastomeric and plastic resins vary over a wider range than one scale can accommodate. Download our comparison chart to see how these scales overlap.
Durometer hardness is one of many physical properties considered when selecting a material for a specific application. Beware of some common misconceptions. Durometer hardness is often inaccurately confused with the properties described below. 

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Topics: Foams, Compression Force Deflection, PORON, Elastomers, Material selection

Tolerance Challenges When Die Cutting Materials

Posted by Katie Sullivan

January 17, 2019 9:20 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: Foams, BISCO Silicone, PORON, Elastomers, Tolerance

3 Questions Answered about Compression Set Resistance in Foams

Posted by Katie Sullivan

January 18, 2017 4:34 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, BISCO Silicone, PORON, compression set resistance, Elastomers

Benefits of Silicone Elastomer Solutions

Posted by Katie Sullivan

December 7, 2016 9:45 AM

Silicone elastomers are used in several diverse applications and industries because of their many unique properties. Silicone materials' attractive features include low compression set at elevated temperatures, flexibility at low temperatures, hydrophobic characteristics, high dielectric strength, low flammability, and can be food grade compliant. It is also lightweight yet high performing which is ideal for extreme environments. 

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Topics: Elastomers, Silicone