While a majority of today’s leading automakers and their suppliers may have facilities in the U.S., many still buy and source raw materials and parts from all over the world. Gaskets, seals, fasteners, and the raw materials they are die cut from are no exception. Yet when manufacturing stateside, sourcing materials and die cut components from overseas vendors can present challenges—particularly when it comes to meeting tight production timelines, managing costs, and accurately forecasting inventory levels.
Topics: Strategic Sourcing
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.
Topics: Strategic Sourcing
Platinum-cured silicone gaskets are used in medical devices that require ultra-pure materials. These ultra-clean silicones contain very low levels of extractables, chemical compounds that can migrate under conditions such as surface contact or elevated temperatures. Applications include medical wearables and wired or wireless medical devices where a gasket may touch human skin or require repeated sterilization.
For medical device designers, platinum-cured silicones offer several important advantages. First, these medical grade materials come in a range of durometers and a choice of colors to support application-specific designs. Platinum-cured silicones can also meet stringent regulatory requirements and industry standards. Finally, these elastomers support precision die cutting for efficient gasket fabrication.
ITW Formex® materials are flame retardant, electrically insulating, and chemically resistant. They are made of polypropylene or polycarbonate and can be laminated with aluminum or copper foil for shielding against electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI). ITW Formex® materials are also cost-effective to die cut and can dissipate electrostatic discharge (ESD), a sudden flow of electricity that can damage circuits.
Die cut flange gaskets seal the small gaps between flanges, projections at the ends of pipes that add strength and support attachment. Depending on the application, these die cut products may need to resist high temperatures, high pressures, or corrosive chemicals. The process industry wants to work with a die cutter who can meet tight tolerances, but engineers may also need help evaluating gasket materials.
JBC Technologies is a precision die cutter with valued-added solutions such as engineering support. We source flange gasketing materials from Thermoseal and Garlock, trusted partners in our strategic supplier network. When you ask JBC for die cut gaskets, we can provide advice about material selection. Plus, we use automated, flat-bed presses to convert sheeted materials cost-effectively.
Let’s examine some of the flange gasket products that JBC can source, convert, and die cut for you.