EMI Silicone Added to QPL for MIL-DTL-83528, Type A

Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) is announcing that SSP-2569-65, an EMI silicone filled with silver-copper particles, is now part of the Qualified Product List (QPL) for MIL-DTL-83528, Type A. In a July 22, 2021, letter, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) informed us that SSP-2569-65, a 65-durometer conductive elastomer for shielding and sealing, passed qualification testing and has been added to QPL MIL-DTL-83528 for specific drawings and material types. The table below is an excerpt from the [...]

The Silicone Shortage and Supplier Value

The continuing shortage of silicone rubber is forcing suppliers to have some challenging conversations with their customers. Whether it’s because of price, lead times, or a need to limit purchases, buyers are understandably concerned. Unfortunately, there aren’t any quick fixes. Today’s silicone shortage is expected to last for at least six months, and that’s without any additional supply chain disruptions. The news isn’t good, but it’s not all bad either. You [...]

Bonded EMI O-Rings for Reduced Costs and Improved Performance

Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) makes bonded EMI O-rings that provide shielding against electromagnetic interference (EMI), electrical conductivity, and environmental sealing. At our manufacturing facility in Ballston Spa, New York (USA), we extrude cords of shielding silicones, cut them to size, and then bond O-rings using a proven process with multiple quality control checkpoints. These products provide a cost-effective alternative to molded EMI O-rings and a better-performing choice than [...]

SSP Joins Silicone Expo and Event Advisory Board

Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) will attend Silicone Expo, the world’s first free-to-attend commercial tradeshow and conference for the silicone industry, next summer. This in-person event is scheduled for June 21 to 23, 2022 at the TCF Center in Detroit and will feature 180+ exhibitors, two conference tracks with virtual roundtables, 65+ speakers, and over 3500 buyers. Select Global Events (SGE) is organizing Silicone Expo and invites industry members to book a booth.Dominic Testo, [...]

The Silicone Shortage Explained

There isn’t a simple explanation for the global shortage of silicone rubber. It’s about changes in supply and demand, pandemic-related problems with shipping/logistics, manpower, and raw materials. If you’re concerned about where the market is headed, it might help to consider the causes of the current shortage and some long-term solutions. We’ll also look at what you can do now to avoid stock-outs, excessive lead times, and surprise price increases.CausesDemand: Demand [...]