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Spotlight on Silicone: Featuring BISCO ® Silicone Success Stories

Posted by Mark Swanson on Nov 2, 2018 4:19:52 PM

Silicone foam rubber, (currently the subject of an ongoing materials shortage), is one of the higher performing foam materials we die cut at JBC. Used in gaskets, seals, heat shields, fire stops, and more, it has a very strong (low) compression set and extremely effective resistance to heat, cosmic radiation, weathering, and other environmental factors. As a result, silicone gaskets and seals typically see a longer shelf life and better product durability than less costly alternatives.

 Yet, for those tasked with selecting the “right” material for a gasket that will need to withstand high heat and temperature extremes, it is not quite as simple as saying, “use silicone.”

 There are many variations of silicone foam, not only in composition (open cell vs. closed cell), but in color, weight, thickness, density, presentation, and chemistry.   And, as a product design engineer,  those are only a few of the choices you have to make when choosing the right material for your application.

 BISCO ® Silicone

 Rather than dive into the specific details of the myriad of options available, today’s post uses real-life stories to demonstrate the benefits of silicone -- or, more specifically, the benefits of one of the more popular families of silicone rubber products: BISCO ® Silicone,

Check out the following stories, all of which were published on the Rogers Corporation website:

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Topics: Silicones

JBC Strategic Supply Team Faces Tightening Silicone Market Head On

Posted by Kate Gluck on Oct 5, 2018 9:04:12 AM

There are those that sit back and let things happen, and those that confront issues head on.  Led by Brad Patt, Director of Operations, the JBC Supply Chain team falls into the latter category—working to identify and react to market forces before they cause hiccups in our customers’ value chain.

Case in point:  Perseverance through a constrained silicone market.

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Topics: Strategic Sourcing

Six Advantages of Double-Sided Foam Tapes

Posted by Mark Swanson on Oct 3, 2018 10:28:38 AM

Double-sided foam tapes are used for temporary or permanent fastening, packaging, acoustic dampening, thermal insulation, and gap filling. They are made of open cell or closed cell foams, coated with different types of pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs), and come in a variety of thicknesses. If needed, they can also be die cut, tabbed and/or delivered kiss-cut on rolls for ease of use.

The performance properties of double-sided foam tapes include shock absorption, vibration dampening, compensation for uneven surfaces, and thermal sealing between substrates with different temperatures. These tapes can also be used as seals to prevent the passage of air, gases, moisture, and humidity.

Here are some of the advantages of using double-sided foam tapes.

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Topics: Foam & Elastomers

Six Ways Acrylic Foam Tapes Outperform Mechanical Fasteners

Posted by Kate Gluck on Sep 21, 2018 8:56:03 AM

Acrylic foam tapes are pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes (PSAs) that provide high-strength bonds. They adhere to a variety of substrates and can be die cut into a wide variety of shapes and sizes, making them ideal for many fastening and joining applications.  

For many people, it would be hard to imagine “tape” as an alternative to screws, rivets and other mechanical fasteners. The reality, however, is that tapes often outperform more traditional joining methods.

Here are a few of the benefits of acrylic foam tapes as an alternative to mechanical fasteners:

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Topics: Adhesives

Types of Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives (PSAs)

Posted by Kate Gluck on Sep 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Pressure-sensitive adhesives (PSAs) contain adhesive components that impart different properties in support of joining or fastening. By evaluating an adhesive’s advantages, disadvantages, and typical uses, you can make the right choice for your application. As previous articles in this series have explained, you also need to perform some preliminary steps and learn about peel adhesion, tack, and shear.

There are four main categories of pressure-sensitive adhesives:

  • Natural rubber
  • Synthetic rubber
  • Acrylic
  • Silicone

There are also different adhesives within each category. For example, there isn’t just one type of synthetic rubber adhesive. 

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Topics: Adhesives, Die Cutting