Creating large heat sinks

By Stephen Jackson, Business Development Manager of Thermal Managemenet, Sapa Extrusions North America A recent innovation in aluminum extrusion offers a new way to produce higher ratio air-cooled heat sinks — heat sink ratios in excess of 40:1, and widths up to 30 in. Aluminum extrusion at its most basic is the process of pressing

Making Metal Injection Molding Faster

by Tim Sparkman, Metal Injection Molding (MIM), Operations Manager, Dynacast Metal injection molding can be made faster. Part of the process involves speeding the production of pre-sintered parts. Metal Injection Molding (MIM) has proven its worth as a reliable way to make precision parts at high production volumes. MIM also offers plenty of design flexibility

Electroless Nickel Now Available from Daman

Visit our online catalog and discover the wide range of standard products that now offer the Electroless Nickel surface treatment. When placing your order, select the “N” code for designated parts. Application: Aluminum or ductile iron parts Electroless Nickel is applied by submerging the part in a well-agitated bath which usually operates at between 180°F

Elastocon Expands Rubber-Like TPE 8055 Series Line

Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc., a strong contender in the thermoplastic elastomer marketplace with more than 5 complete lines of specialty TPEs for numerous applications, announces it has added two weighted HD (high density) grades to its rubber-like 8055 Series of TPEs. Applications for this new weighted TPE grades include anywhere where natural rubber has been

Liquid Silicone Rubber Thin Walled Diaphragms for Healthcare Applications

Thin-walled diaphragms for medical devices require high strength and flexibility. To achieve these features, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics utilizes its 60 years of experience and advanced capabilities to custom design and injection mold liquid silicone rubber (LSR) thin walled diaphragms for demanding medical device applications. Utilizing these LSR processes, design function and cost efficiency is

One Component, Aqueous Based Coating System

Well suited for electromagnetic interference and radio frequency interference shielding applications, Master Bond MB600G is an aqueous based, sodium silicate system with graphite filler. Graphite filled materials are widely used for shielding and static dissipation applications because of the balance of shielding effectiveness and cost. Shielding effectiveness is most often measured by attenuation. It is

Lifting Eye Bolts from J.W. Winco Now in Stainless Steel

J.W. Winco, Inc., a supplier of standard industrial machine components, announced it now offers DIN 580-NI Stainless Steel Lifting Eye Bolts, in metric sizes. These RoHS-compliant eye bolts are offered in two materials: forged A2 stainless steel (American Standard 304 series) and forged A4 stainless steel (American Standard 316 series). For both types, the contact

New Series of Low Cost Composite Plastic Valves

Spartan Scientific has announced the debut of a new series of composite plastic solenoid valves that are more cost-effective and considerably lighter than their metal versions. The new Spartan Scientific 6200 Series valves include stainless steel port reinforcing rings for durability, but composite plastic bodies that won’t rust or oxidize like metal does. This provides

Freudenberg-NOK Addresses Challenges Associated with Heat and Chemicals

Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies’ (Freudenberg-NOK) Process Seals division has developed a new, cost-effective silicone material for the food and beverage industry that offers superior chemical and temperature resistance in aggressive environments. Freudenberg-NOK’s LZ636 silicone compound can be molded into custom-tailored profiles and blocks microwave radiation leakage in large commercial applications. The material incorporates proprietary fillers in

PolyOne Expands Healthcare Portfolio with Biomerics’ Specialty Medical Solutions

PolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, today announced that Biomerics has chosen PolyOne Distribution as the exclusive distributor for its Quadrathane™, Quadraflex™, and Quadraplast™ medical-grade thermoplastic polyurethanes in North America. “Biomerics’ Quadra biomaterials are an excellent complement to our healthcare portfolio. These highly biocompatible polymers will enhance our

Liquid Silicone Rubber Static Face Seal Gaskets

Today’s heavily used faucets, water softeners, and toilets require long-term seal life that doesn’t degrade over time. Static face seal gaskets custom designed and molded of liquid silicone rubber (LSR) by Minnesota Rubber and Plastics provide superior strength and improve design function in most plumbing related products. “To maintain uninterrupted plumbing operation over extended periods

Solvay Introduces Kalix High-Performance Polyamides

Solvay Specialty Polymers has introduced a new family of Kalix® high-performance polyamides (HPPAs)for structural components used in mobile healthcare (mHealth) electronic devices. The new products, which include the Kalix® HPPA 5000 halogen-free series and bio-based Kalix® HPPAs, deliver exceptional strength, stiffness, and significantly improved chemical resistance versus traditional polycarbonate (PC) or PC/acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) materials typically

Successfully “Thinking outside the box”

Edited by Leslie Langnau, Managing Editor Your fellow engineer has a design problem similar to yours. He solved it by using a material in an innovative way. Sometimes, all that’s needed is a fresh perspective to find the solution to your design issue. Following are several stories about using unusual materials to solve a design

Henkel And Loctite Sponsor Rookie Of The Year in X Games

At X Games Austin, June 5-8, pro-snowboarder and Winter X Games gold medalist Nick Baumgartner will trade in his board for four wheels and a track as he fights for gold in Off Road Stadium Super Truck Racing, an event making its debut in the June 2014 X Games. Sponsored by Henkel Corporation and Loctite®

Optically Clear, Condensation Curing Silicone

Developed for potting and encapsulation applications where an addition cured silicone cannot be used, Master Bond MasterSil 152 is a two component, condensation curing system that only requires air for complete cross-linking. Unlike addition cured systems, there are no substrates that will inhibit the cure. This system fully cures at room temperature in 24-48 hours


Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc., a compounder and supplier of numerous lines of soft thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), has expanded its clear (CLR Series) to include several new, softer grades (Shore 15 – 40 A). These new grades have been formulated for consumer goods and applications requiring clarity, a soft touch and U.V. stability. Specifically, the 4

Rogers’ Advanced Circuit-Material Solutions

Rogers Corporation and representatives of the Company’s Advanced Circuit Materials Division (ACM) will be present at the 2014 IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) June 3-5 to help attendees learn more about Rogers’ wide range of high frequency circuit materials. Rogers Advanced Circuit Materials Division is a global technology leader in the development of high performance

Thermally Conductive Epoxy Resists High Temperatures

Formulated for bonding and sealing applications, Master Bond EP46HT-1AO is widely used in the aerospace, electronic and specialty OEM industries. Unlike most conventional two component epoxies, EP46HT-1AO cures with the addition of heat, which allows it to have a working life exceeding 24 hours. It has a forgiving 100 to 30 mix ratio by weight

Rogers Corporation Releases Video on Innovation Center Opening

Rogers Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate the company’s new Innovation Center in Burlington, Massachusetts on March 25. More than 125 government officials, community leaders, technology company representatives and other guests were on hand to celebrate and tour the Center, which is located within Northeastern University’s George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security.

Trim-Lok Announces Flammability, Smoke and Toxicity Capabilities

Trim-Lok Inc. announces the release of a Flammability, Smoke and Toxicity (FST) Certified Dense Rubber Material to expand their already extensive extrusion capabilities. This addition helps Trim-Lok serve their customers that have Smoke and Flame requirements typically required in mass transit and aviation applications. Trim-Lok’s new FST Rated Materials are certified to the highest industry

Custom Designed Bi-Directional Seals For Medical Applications

Custom designed bi-directional seals from Minnesota Rubber and Plastics are ideal for a broad range of fluid delivery applications including medical and dental devices. Bi-Directional seals greatly improve fluid delivery systems by handling opposing pressures while preventing leakage. Minnesota Rubber and Plastics (MR&P) unique double-lip seal solution ensures proper seal function in two directions. The

Rogers High Performance Circuit Materials at Del Mar Electronics Show

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG) will be showing samples of the company’s wide range of printed-circuit-board (PCB) materials at the Del Mar Electronics & Design Show (DMEDS, April 30-May 1, 2014 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, CA. Representatives from Rogers Corp. will be at Booth 622 with information and insight on the use

AI Technology, Inc. Releases Second Generation COOL-PAD™ CPR 7154

AI Technology, Inc. (AIT) introduces COOL-PAD™ CPR7154, a new class of thermal interface material that dispenses like a thermal pad, but performs with characteristics like that of a grease or gel when device temperatures increase to above 45°C. COOL-PAD™ CPR7154 is optimized to accommodate large areas with different heights and gaps of less than 3-mil

Rogers Corporation to Exhibit a Range of Performance Silicone Foams

Rogers Corporation (NYSE:ROG), represented by its High Performance Foams Division (HPF), will be exhibiting its portfolio of performance silicone materials at the upcoming Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014. Aircraft Interiors Expo 2014 is the leading international event for emerging designs in cabin interiors, in-flight entertainment, connectivity and passenger services, in addition to aircraft design and construction.

Molding And Assembly For The Global Medical Device Industry

Design and manufacturing services from Minnesota Rubber and Plastics are ideally suited for complex medical assemblies comprised of elastomers and thermoplastics. By providing a unique science based approach, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics has become a preferred contract manufacturing partner for the medical device industry through precise and responsive manufacturing of FDA Class 1, 2 and