RDAbbott is celebrating Tom Martin’s 25 years with our company and recognizing his many contributions to the rubber industry. During his lengthy career, he’s done everything from plant maintenance to working as a mill operator, calendar operator, lab technician, chemist, estimator, technical service representative, and account representative. While he followed in his father’s rubber industry footsteps, he’s clearly left his own mark.
The outbreak of the coronavirus is certainly attracting attention across the globe. We at RDAbbott consider the health and safety of our employees and guests as a top priority.
RDAbbott will provide the instructors for The Los Angeles Rubber Group’s (TLARGI) 2020 Basic Rubber Technology Course. RDAbbott’s Rick Ziebell, Technical Fellow and Vice President of Technology, and Matt Rogers, Applications Engineering and Technical Support, will lead this 15-week course that begins on August 27th and ends on December 17th. The course consists of live weekly webinars that will be held on Thursdays from 6:30 to 8:30 PM (Pacific Time).
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.
Check out this recent technical article from ARLANXEO published in Rubber World’s May 2020 Issue. While Keltan® 13561C has a strong reputation for being a premier EPDM grade for extruded seal formulations, this study demonstrates how it is also a principal tool for automotive hose formulations.
Check out this recent technical article published in Rubber World’s April 2020 Issue. It provides a strong overview of the collaborative “Elastomer Sealing Performance in Hydrogen Fuel Cells” study conducted by RDAbbott, ARLANXEO, and Cancarb.
RDAbbott has named David Lalancette as Account Manager for Quebec and the Canadian maritime provinces. Lalancette has more than 20 years of experience in technical sales and account management. As Account Manager for RDAbbott Canada, Ltd., Lalancette is responsible for technical sales and managing customer support.
RDAbbott’s Krista Toutant, a global sales and marketing professional with 18 years of focused experience in the rubber industry, has been elected Secretary for the Rubber Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), an international association of elastomer industry professionals. The election marks the start of Toutant’s five-year progression to becoming Chair of the Executive Committee, Rubber Division’s governing body.
As a supplier of essential healthcare, medical device and infrastructure materials, RDAbbott will remain open to receive and ship materials, as well as provide critical laboratory services from its Cerritos, California, facility amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision is in accordance with all current national, state, and local guidelines associated with reducing the spread of the coronavirus.
RDAbbott will demonstrate a revolutionary application for overmolding liquid silicone rubber (LSR) at MD&M West this year. RDAbbott, in partnership with M.R. Mold & Engineering Corp., will showcase a production cell where 50-durometer Dow SILASTIC™ LTC 9400 LSR, a low-temperature curing (LTC) elastomer for high-volume injection molding, is overmolded onto a custom-designed flying disc. Historically, LSR overmolding onto low-melting-point plastics and other thermally-sensitive components, such as electronics, has not been possible because of the high curing temperatures required.