Silicone & TPE Elastomers US 2020 Virtual Summit

Smithers invites you to learn from and interact with industry experts from across the supply chains for silicones and thermoplastic elastomers (TPE). Due to COVID-19, this three-day virtual event is replacing the Silicone Elastomers US Summit and Thermoplastic Elastomers US Summit for 2020.

Summit Dates

  • Week 1: June 24, 2020 – Creating Elastomeric Parts with 3D and 4D Printing
  • Week 2: July 1, 2020 – Liquid Silicone Rubber Solutions
  • Week 3: July 8, 2020 – Trends in Thermoplastic-Based Materials

Modifying LSR Properties with Third-Stream Additives

During Week 2, Liquid Silicone Rubber Solutions is the topic and RDAbbott’s Rick Ziebell, Vice President of Technology, is one of the technical presenters. Ziebell’s presentation, “Modifying LSR Properties with Third-Stream Additives,” is scheduled for July 1 from 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM.

Ziebell will discuss developing technologies from NovationSi, a key supplier of color dispersions, that feature third-stream solutions with a customized approach. As LSR pumping improves in terms of 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 produces a cured silicone foam that is non-toxic and closed cell.

This technical presentation will explain how in this example, densities of the molded article are half of what they would be in solid form. This lets the cured article float on water while retaining the superior properties inherent to silicones. Applications include fire stops, thermal insulation, and ultra-soft sealing.

To register for this virtual summit, register online at

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