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Monthly Archives: June 2024

Dow Technical Article Describes Problem-Solving LSR for Flame-Retardant Automotive Electrical Connectors

Dow has published a technical article in the June 2024 edition of Rubber World magazine about a novel liquid silicone rubber (LSR) that is compatible with the fire-rated (FR) plastics used in automotive electrical connector housings. Unlike conventional LSRs, Dow SILASTIC™ 9212-50 won’t degrade prematurely from direct contact with FR plastics. This LSR formulation also retains its mechanical properties, flexibility, and dimensions in connector seals.

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International Elastomer Conference & Silicone Expo 2024 (September 9 – 12)

Visit RDAbbott and NovationSi in Booth 607 at the 2024 International Elastomer Conference (IEC), hosted by the Rubber Division, ACS from September 9 to 12 in Pittsburgh, PA. While you’re there, be sure to swing by our booth for a fresh cup of coffee in the mornings and chat with our team members about the latest elastomer products and technologies available through our supplier partners.

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Alpha Technologies Sponsors Interactive Quiz with Prizes

Alpha Technologies is sponsoring an interactive quiz through Rubber News about rubber raw materials. This short seven-question quiz is available through mid-July and prompts participants to answer questions about processing, polymerization, and testing. All quiz takers will receive a free digital copy of “6 Test Methods to Reduce Raw Material Variation,” an e-book from Alpha Technologies. There will also be a drawing for a Grand Prize and Second Prize during the week of July 15, 2024.

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TLARGI Hosts Annual GLTPC Undergraduate Scholarship Golf Tournament (September 9)

TLARGI will host its annual GLTPC Undergraduate Scholarship Golf Tournament on Monday, September 9, 2024, from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (PT) at the Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills, California.

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Manufacturing with Silicone Rubber: A Comprehensive Workshop (August 27 – 30)

Join us August 27 – 30 in Barberton, Ohio, for “Manufacturing with Silicone Rubber,” a comprehensive workshop hosted by RDAbbott from a fabricator’s point-of-view. Attendees of this four-day workshop will learn practical techniques, testing methods, and insights, plus equipment troubleshooting tips for processing silicone rubber from industry professionals through a combination of classroom instruction and interactive workshops.

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RDAbbott’s Laboratory Expertise Shapes LSR Virtual Molding Simulation

RDAbbott demonstrated its material characterization and data mapping expertise at NPE 2024 and is offering these same capabilities to customers. RDAbbott’s research team characterized liquid silicone rubber (LSR) and provided multi-point data to Moldex3D, which then used its computer-aided engineering software to produce flow predictions and cavity fill simulations. Virtual molding simulations can save companies considerable time and money but require robust and reliable data sets, which can be challenging with LSRs.

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Chemlok® Virtual Training by Parker Lord (August 6)

Join Parker Lord on Tuesday, August 6, 2024, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM (ET) for a free training about its Chemlok® rubber-to-substrate adhesives. This virtual training will consist of two, one-hour pre-recorded sessions followed by a live question-and-answer session. Sign up to learn about substrate adhesive preparation, and application, coated part handling, molding best practices, and troubleshooting.

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“Chemlok® Overview, Best Practices, and Troubleshooting” Seminar Hosted by RDAbbott (July 24)

On Wednesday, July 24, 2024, from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM (ET), RDAbbott is hosting a free technical seminar at our Barberton, Ohio, facility featuring Chemlok® rubber-to-substrate adhesives from Parker Lord. During this in-person event, Parker Lord Application Engineer Brady Hultman will review the rubber-to-substrate bonding process from start to finish. This review will include proper substrate preparation, adhesive preparation and application techniques, coated part handling, and molding best practices. The training will then transition into a troubleshooting workshop where failed parts are studied for bond failures and preventative actions. In addition, RDAbbott’s East Coast Sales Manager Jason Huff will provide a brief overview of the latest product developments from Parker Lord.

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