RDAbbott’s VP of Technology to Present Third-Stream Additive Solutions for Modifying LSR Properties at Smithers Virtual U.S. Summit

Rick Ziebell, RDAbbott’s Vice President of Technology, is scheduled to present “Modifying Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) Properties with Third-Stream Additives,” on Wednesday, July 1, from 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM at the Smithers Silicone & TPE Elastomers U.S. Virtual 2020 Summit.

Due to COVID-19, this three-day virtual event is replacing the Silicone Elastomers U.S. Summit and Thermoplastic Elastomers U.S. Summit for 2020. On Wednesday, June 24, of this virtual event, technical presentations will cover “Creating Elastomeric Parts with 3D and 4D Printing.” On Wednesday, July 1, all presentations will feature “Liquid Silicone Solutions.” Lastly, on July 8, the technical presentations will highlight “Trends in Thermoplastic-Based Materials.”

Ziebell’s July 1st technical presentation will discuss developing technologies from NovationSi—a key supplier of modifiers, additives, and colorants for LSR and high consistency rubber (HCR)—that feature third-stream solutions with a customized approach. As LSR pumping improves in delivery accuracy, there are opportunities to customize LSR properties in situ of the liquid injection molding process.

Through RDAbbott’s model of applied curiosity for superior technical service, NovationSi is unlocking the potential of LSRs to truly modify the cured article.

As part of his technical presentation, Ziebell will describe a method that provides antimicrobial protection to silicone elastomers. He will explain how antimicrobial properties can be enhanced in silicones through broad-spectrum systems that employ treated silica processes to control leachability and provide long-term antimicrobial protection for industrial and medical uses.

Ziebell’s presentation will also highlight these finding from a corresponding study conducted by RDAbbott:

  • These broad-spectrum systems obtained prolonged biocidal performance with viral replication suppression that is also effective at reducing the biofilm formation attributed to planktonic bacteria and fungi hyphae (mold).
  • A four-log microbial reduction (i.e., 1 in 10,000) is achievable with these modifying additives from NovationSi.

Other LSR additive technologies, such as self-lubrication, foaming, antistatic and modulus (hardness) enhancements, will also be discussed.

Ziebell has also been serving on the Advisory Panel for this U.S. Summit. The other panelists are Dr. Jungmee Kang of Goodyear, Michael Fil of Extreme Molding, Chris Claussen of Momentive, Tim Higgins of Momentive, Mark Hammond of GW Plastics, Russ Vogelsong of Lion Elastomers, and Alper Kiziltas of Ford Motor Company.

To register for this virtual summit, visit www.elastomer-forum.com/silicone-elastomers-us-summit.

If you are interested in becoming an early adopter of these developing third-stream additive technologies, please contact us.

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