Mothers have high standards for the items they use to take care of their children, and so does the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last updated in May 2019 in a guidance to provide additional information on how to prepare Food Contact Notifications (FCNs) for food contact substances that will come into contact with infant formula and/or human (breast) milk. Mother and child care products require materials that are hypoallergenic, durable, smooth and comfortable, and easy to clean. For these characteristics, liquid silicone rubber (LSR) has emerged as the material of choice.
Components manufactured using a combination of materials or substrates has become an attractive option and is being used by a variety of industries for applications ranging from sealed connectors in automotive, spray formers in shower heads, and pump housings in medical devices. Multi-material components offer the unique benefit of exhibiting the characteristics of the individual materials, as well as their advantages. In addition to producing a multi-functional component, the process of combining various materials/substrates in a single molding process also offers the OEM benefits such as reduced assembly costs, and superior sealing for improved quality. Design capabilities are also enhanced allowing for complex part geometries and the use of non-plastic substrates.
Calvin Pendorf, Head of Engineering at SIMTEC Silicone Parts will be a featured speaker at the upcoming 2019 LSR Conference. With SIMTEC recognized as a pioneer and leader in precision LSR injection molding, and their recent addition of a unique, smart-design class 8 clean room, Mr. Pendorf was asked to share his knowledge and insight with 2019 LSR Conference attendees.
Prototyping is a critical step in product development that allows companies to perfect their design before bringing products to market. Although testing prototypes can take some time, new prototyping technologies are faster and offer better results in bringing products to market.
SIMTEC’s highly productive LSR technology coupled with LSR’s material properties are a perfect fit for the challenges of the automotive industry.