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 products and die cutting materials were hot topics with readers of the JBC Technologies Blog in 2017. The old year is behind us, but it’s not too late to learn from its most popular die cutting content. Here are the top five topics about die cut products and die cutting materials in order of views. What would you like to learn about in 2018?
Die cut foils are flexible, formable materials that provide heat shielding, sound deadening, sealing, and insulation. They are made of thin-gauge metals and used in the automotive, HVAC, and appliance industries. Aluminum foils support precision die cutting and can be embossed and/or micro-perforated. These die cut foils can be laminated to thermal insulation, and supplied with or without an adhesive backing.
Choosing the right die cut insulation can be challenging. Product designers understand an application’s requirements, but sourcing managers are tasked with finding a die cutter who can recommend and then convert the right insulating materials. In this week’s blog entry, the second in a winter-long series from JBC Technologies, we’ll take a closer look at die cut insulation. If you missed last week’s introduction, click here for an overview of the materials we’ll cover.
What can home improvements teach us about the importance of thermal insulation in product design? During a recent remodeling project, an electrician removed an old light fixture from above a bathtub. The general contractor then removed the rest of the ceiling and made an unwelcome discovery. As the contractor explained to the homeowner, the 2 x 4s that surrounded the old light fixture had large black spots that weren’t pine knots. The bathroom hadn’t gone up in flames, but the burn marks were alarming.