Category Archives: General Silicone

This category contains useful articles on General Silicone Materials, Silicone Parts, Prototyping and Medical Silicone Questions

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.

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Silicone Adhesives: An Answer to Gentle Skin Adhesion

The goal, when adhering to skin, is to hold the device inplace until it is time to remove it and to not damage the skin, either during wear or at the time of removal. Using methods developed for determining the surface energy of plastics and other materials, the surface energy for human skin has been measured in the low twenties [dynes/cm] – in other words, skin is as difficult to stick to as untreated polyolefins or even fluoropolymers. Low surface energy, as a property of human skin, is generally great for most of the things skin is expected to do, such as easy removal of contaminants with simple soap and water. The downside is that tapes must balance between adequate adhesion levels for the majority of users – the middle of the bell curve – and the ends of that curve. When the adhesion is too low, the device may not stay in place long enough for the full therapeutic effect and if it adheres too well, the tape may cause some mechanical trauma at removal.

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