Why You Need Certified USP Class VI Silicones

Silicones are used in many healthcare applications, but not all medical silicones are the same. For example, platinum-cured silicones are purer and cleaner than peroxide-cured silicones. Yet choosing the right silicone is about more than just the cure system. Medical manufacturers need high-quality, easy-to-source, on-time, and cost-effective materials. They also need proof that silicones are properly tested and validated. Without this, compliance issues or product recalls may result.  [...]


What SSP Learned at the Healthcare Elastomers Conference

Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) recently attended the 2019 Healthcare Elastomers Conference, a two-day event for the medical device industry, on May 21 and 22 in Schaumburg, Illinois. As a supplier of medical silicones, SSP showcased samples of SSP-2390, our series of high-purity, platinum-catalyzed silicones that are FDA CFR 177.2600, USP Class VI, and RoHS compliant. We also learned some important lessons about market opportunities, curing methods, and medical parts.     [...]


Reminder: EMI Shielding Gaskets Webinar is Available

Specialty Silicone Products (SSP) is offering an in-depth EMI shielding webinar for on-demand viewing. EMI/RFI Gasketing: Outside the Box Solutions to Protect What’s in the Box is available on YouTube and contains valuable lessons about protecting enclosures against electromagnetic interference (EMI). SSP’s webinar dispels myths about metal-filled elastomers, examines common drawing specifications, and describes SpecShield™ silicones for reducing costs and improving [...]


EMI O-Rings: Conductive Gaskets for EMI Shielding

EMI O-rings are electrically-conductive gaskets that provide reliable shielding against electromagnetic interference (EMI), disturbances that can disrupt electronic components, modules and systems. These EMI shielding gaskets are made of specialty silicones that are packed with metallic or metal-coated particles. Silicones, a family of synthetic elastomers, withstand a wide range of temperatures and provide environmental sealing. The metallic or metal-coated particles in EMI silicones conduct [...]


Silicone Rubber Calendering for Military and Aerospace Grades

Silicone rubber calendering for military and aerospace grades is used to produce composite materials that meet demanding specifications such as A-A 59588, Class 3B, Grade 50. Often, the silicone rubber is reinforced with a fabric such as DuPont Dacron®, a lightweight polyester material with excellent tear strength. Military and aerospace seals that are molded from a silicone/Dacron composite combine the wide temperature range and sealing capability of silicone with the structural integrity [...]