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Mark Swanson

Mark Swanson is a Sr. Account Executive at JBC with over 20 years of experience in die-cutting, fabricating, and laminating. When not at work, Mark enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, running, and repairing or restoring just about anything with a motor.

Recent Posts

The Future of Cars: Seven Trends You Can’t Afford to Miss

Posted by Mark Swanson on Mar 20, 2018 6:39:41 PM

Seven major trends are transforming the automotive industry. For engineers, sourcing managers, and procurement agents, these developments will drive decisions surrounding a host of business and technical issues. For JBC Technologies, a leading automotive die cutter, helping you make the most of these trends is just one of the ways we add value to your operations. 

Recently, JBC attended Foam Expo 2018, North America’s leading event for the technical foam industry. In addition to discussing market developments, JBC connected with industry experts who offered valuable insights about automotive applications and material requirements. Foam Expo provided many important lessons, but here are seven trends you can’t afford to miss.

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Topics: Automotive, Foam & Elastomers

What JBC Learned at Foam Expo 2018

Posted by Mark Swanson on Mar 13, 2018 1:12:49 PM

JBC Technologies recently attended Foam Expo 2018, North America’s leading exhibition and conference for the technical foam industry. From March 6 to 8, JBC showcased die cut foams for sealing and insulation. We also exchanged information with foam manufacturers and suppliers about trends and technologies. Discussions with engineers, sourcing managers, and procurement agents provided valuable insights about demand for die cut foam products.

Foam Expo 2018 truly offered a wealth of information. This three-day event met the needs of various end-user markets, but the automotive industry was a special focus given the tradeshow’s location in Novi, Michigan. As an automotive die cutter, JBC Technologies learned important lessons in two major areas: vehicle light weighting, and sound deadening. We’re happy to share what we learned and invite you to contact us to discuss how die cut foams can strengthen your automotive designs.    

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Topics: Automotive, Foam & Elastomers

Die Cut Nitto Denko Foams for Automotive Gaskets

Posted by Mark Swanson on Mar 6, 2018 6:28:40 AM

Die cut Nitto Denko foams for automotive gaskets provide environmental sealing, sound deadening, shock absorption, and vibration dampening. JBC Technologies sources automotive foams from Nitto Denko Corporation and can help you with material selection. JBC converts foams cost-effectively and can die cut automotive gaskets to specific shapes, sizes, and geometries.     

Nitto Denko offers a variety of materials, but there are four families of foams that automotive engineers typically need. Nitto EPT-Sealer®, SEAL-SAVER™, Legetolex™, and SCF® each have their advantages. They also have some important differences. Let’s examine each type of automotive foam so that you can determine which material you might need for die cut gaskets.

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Flame Retardant Automotive Foams

Posted by Mark Swanson on Feb 27, 2018 5:45:18 PM

Flame retardant automotive foams resist burning so that a vehicle’s occupants have time to escape in the event of a fire. They are made of open-cell or closed-cell materials such as melamine, phenolic, polyolefin, polyurethane, or polyvinyl chloride. Some automotive foams are inherently fire-resistant, but others are treated with additive, solid salt-based, polymeric, or reactive flame retardants. These foam materials are supplied as sheets or rolls and die cut into specific shapes with precise geometries. 

Standards for burn resistance vary, so automotive engineers need to account for specific national, international, or industry requirements during material selection. Engineers may also need flame retardant foams that meet OEM requirements for lower emissions, enhanced aging properties, and improved toxicity profiles. As material suppliers bring new products to market, vehicle designs can also incorporate flame retardant automotive foams that reduce noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). 

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Topics: Automotive, Foam & Elastomers

Automotive Foams: Make the Right Choice

Posted by Mark Swanson on Feb 21, 2018 9:07:37 AM

Automotive foams provide environmental sealing, sound deadening, shock absorption, and vibration dampening. They also support vehicle lightweighting initiatives and efforts to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions in vehicle interiors. Die cut automotive foams support cost-effective conversion and efficient fabrication, but what’s the right material for your specific application?

JBC Technologies is an automotive die cuter that can help you choose the right die cut foam. In this article, the first in a series, we’ll look at five major categories of automotive foams: melamine, phenolic, polyolefin, polyurethane, and polyvinyl chloride. Subsequent articles in this four-part series will examine flame retardant automotive foams and other die cut foams we can source for you from our strategic supplier network. 

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Topics: Foam & Elastomers