JBC Technologies Blog

Platinum-Cured Silicone Gaskets for Medical Devices

Posted by Mark Swanson on May 3, 2018 2:15:31 PM

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.

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Topics: Strategic Sourcing, Die Cutting, Silicones, Medical

ITW Formex® Materials: Properties, Processing, Products, and Applications

Posted by Mark Swanson on Apr 13, 2018 8:45:16 AM

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. 

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Topics: Thermal Management, Strategic Sourcing, Automotive, Electronics

Die Cut Flange Gaskets: Material Suppliers and Trade Names

Posted by Mark Swanson on Feb 6, 2018 10:49:50 AM

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.

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Topics: Gaskets, Strategic Sourcing

Die Cut Ceramic Papers: Vendors and Trade Names

Posted by Mark Swanson on Jan 6, 2017 3:00:00 PM

Thermal insulating materials are like snowflakes. They may all seem the same, but no two are alike. That’s why as part of our winter-long blog series about materials for die cutting, JBC Technologies is taking a closer look at vendors and trade names for die cut insulation.

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Topics: Strategic Sourcing, Die Cutting

How Die Cutting Increases Your Production Efficiency

Posted by Tim Weiss on Nov 17, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Successful manufacturers keep searching for ways to increase efficiency on their production lines. In this blog entry, the third in a series called “Three Questions We Challenge You to Ask Your Current Die Cutter,” JBC Technologies examines how value-added die cutting saves you time and money. From pull tabs and kiss cuts to easy-to-remove liners and assembly automation, JBC has the solutions you need to increase production efficiency while reducing labor costs and material waste.

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Topics: Strategic Sourcing, Die Cutting