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Silicone. Pro is a forum for industry professionals to share news and discuss medical silicone design, prototyping, manufacturing, and quality control.

The Next Era of Computing will come in the Form of Wearables

Silicone is being used as a material in wearables with computer sensors. The silicone is overmolded on to the computer sensors and then attaches to the skin like a band aid. Learn more here: http://nyti.ms/1wzdh0J

Now for some quick questions regarding wearables. Were you aware of the predominate usage of silicone in wearable applications? Silicone is great for overmolding applications, have you worked on any of these types of applications? If you have worked with silicone overmolding in the past, what advantages or disadvantages did you experience?

7 Reasons to Choose Albright for your Silicone Prototypes

1. Our standard turnaround is 15 business days.

2. Three, five and ten business day expedites are available when you need parts fast.

3. Injection, compression and transfer molding processes are available.

4. Albright designs and manufactures all tooling in-house for complete control.

5. We have an ISO Class 7 hard walled clean room for medical and biopharmaceutical devices.

6. We stock a massive inventory of silicones to accommodate any application.

7. Albright’s Quality Management System is ISO 13485:2003 certified by TÜV SÜD.

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How Albright’s Quality System Affects Your Non-Medical Part

The main benefit of Albright’s QMS for non-medical customers is the overall Quality System emphasis on improving compliance to repeated processes. The Quality System is especially important in the integrity of the silicone material Albright uses and in the consistent, high-tech quality inspection applied to finished parts.

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10 Things you Should Know About Silicone Over-Molding

Silicone over-molding is a process that is used to cover, bond or encapsulate an existing part with silicone material. For example, a silicone over-molding process may be used for providing a grip surface to a smooth plastic handle, a flexible septum on a hard plastic surface or for encapsulating an electronics assembly for mounting or protection from the environment.

The motivation for over-molding silicone may include a means of final assembly, enhancing physical surface characteristics and feel, providing a self-healing internal access (ie, an integrated septum), creating the finished product enclosure (such as a key-ring LED light), creating a thermally conductive path for heat-sinking or perhaps applying elastic properties to mounting components.

Important things you should know about silicone over-molding:

1. Over-molding bonding strength typically increases over time.

2. Polymers that are ideal for over-molding include: polycarbonate, nylons and other high temperature resins.

3. In order to have a clean silicone over-mold, the over-molded part must be made with the requisite tight tolerance and part samples of exact size are needed. A stable-dimensioned part is needed to develop and maintain the desired clean over-mold outcome.

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Visit Booth 1086 at MD&M West This Week

Visit Albright Technologies at booth 1086 this week, February 11-13, at MD&M West. Stop by to find out how to get a free silicone sample and ask us questions about your silicone molding projects.

Albright Technologies specializes in manufacturing prototype and low volume production silicone components for Medical, Pharmaceutical, Military, Aerospace and Consumer Goods applications. We have extensive silicone molding experience and can help you with silicone material selection, prototyping and design for manufacturability and scalable molding methods.

Visit us and find out how we can help!