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Many products require flexible materials like silicone foam, rubber, and more. From gaskets to bumpers/cushions to insulators, the possibilities are vast. But what characteristics need to be taken into consideration when choosing materials to use in your products?

While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution in manufacturing, here are a handful of important factors to evaluate when choosing your flexible materials:

  1. The ability to withstand both high and low-temperature extremes.
  2. Whether or not it can protect electronic components from destructive electromagnetic interference (EMI) or radio frequency interference (RFI).
  3. Resistance to chemicals, especially when used in gaskets and seals.
  4. Compatibility with adhesives.
  5. Deflection of water and air.
  6. Flame resistance.
  7. Pressure handling.
  8. UV and Ozone exposure resistance.
  9. Vibration handling and absorption.
  10. Contamination blocking.
  11. Compression force absorption.
  12. Insulative capability in regards to electronic/electromechanical equipment and acoustical insulation.
  13. Conformability to any size space.
  14. Thermal conductivity.

While all of these factors are important, they’re not all required for every product. To determine which are necessary for your items, please contact our materials engineers for a consultation!

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