JBC Technologies Blog

Medical Seals and Gaskets: Die Cut Products for Medical Electronics

Posted by Mark Swanson on Apr 27, 2018 8:40:10 AM

Die cut medical seals and gaskets protect medical electronics from a host of hazards that can jeopardize patient health and safety. Dirt, dust, fluids, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) are just some of environmental conditions that designers must consider. Fire, chemicals, high or low temperatures, and electrostatic discharge (ESD) can also cause medical technologies (MedTech) to fail or malfunction. Material selection is critical, so what are some application-specific considerations for medical electronics?

JBC Technologies is a precision die cutter that supplies medical seals and gaskets made of materials such as shielding silicones, ITW Formex®, and PORON® open cell foams. As a value-added manufacturer, we offer design assistance, help with material selection, material converting, lamination, and solutions such as assembly automation. In this week’s blog entry, part of our series about how JBC supports the medical device industry, we’ll examine three applications for die cut products in medical electronics.  

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Topics: Electronics, Foam & Elastomers, Silicones, Medical

Medical Device Seals and Gaskets: What Designers Need to Know About Materials

Posted by Mark Swanson on Apr 18, 2018 9:13:53 AM

Medical device seals and gaskets can provide protection against dirt, dust, fluids, and electromagnetic interference (EMI). These rubber and plastic parts can also offer flame resistance, electrical conductivity, and protection against electrostatic discharge (ESD). Medical device components are made of many different polymers and elastomers, but what’s the right choice for your application?

For medical device designers, material selection presents multiple challenges. Designers don’t just need a sealing or gasketing material that’s reliable and cost-effective. They need a compound that meets regulatory requirements and, potentially, additional standards. Medical device designers also need a medical material that supports precision fabrication, especially across higher-volume quantities of parts.   

In this article from JBC Technologies, the first in a series about medical device seals and gaskets, we’ll present an overview of what designers need to consider. Subsequent articles will examine specific materials in detail and explain why die cutting is a great choice for the medical parts that you need. You’ll also learn how JBC’s value-added services can support your larger medical device designs.

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Topics: Foam & Elastomers, Silicones, Medical

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

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