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Vanguard Products Corporation Announces Additions To Field Applications Support

Vanguard Products Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of two organizations to provide valuable technical and commercial support for its Ultra-Vanshield and General Rubber Goods Divisions.

 

In Eastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, we are proud to add Strategic Sales Group, 333 Bishops Way, Brookfield, WI 53005-6226, Phone 414-333-3035, website:  www.ssgmfg.com, email:  bob@ssgmfg.com.  Strategic Sales Group brings over 25 years of experience in the marketing and applications support of mechanical rubber and metals products to our extensive support network.

 

In Utah, Nevada, Montana, and Idaho, we are pleased to welcome Rich Baraki to our Marketing Technologies team, supporting the applications and sales of our Shielding and Thermal Composites product line.  Rich is located in Salt Lake City and has an extensive background in chemical engineering and technical sales, sales management, engineering, and project management.  Marketing Technologies’ website can be located at www.marketingtech.com.

 

We are looking forward to advancing our sales and customer support efforts in these two areas.

Vanguard To Present At October Meeting Of Golden Gate Polymer Forum

Vanguard will be presenting at the October meeting of the Golden Gate Polymer Forum as part of their 2 part series on the implications of 5G for polymeric materials needs on October 14, 6:30 PM Pacific Time. The discussion will cover Thermally Integrated EMI Shielding Materials, Systems and Approaches for Optimal Performance

To Register For Either or Both Events, Click Here

 

 

Vanguard Electronica Plans Put On Hold

 

Due to the continuing Coronavirus Pandemic and travel restrictions into Germany and the EU, the USA Pavilion has been cancelled for this year, and current plans for Electronica 2020 are unclear.  Check back later for further details.

Spring Is Coming

The groundhog told us this weekend that Spring is just around the corner, and with that one’s thoughts turn to………SYRUP!

In our area of the country, you’ll start to see buckets hanging from trees and tubing zig-zagging through the woods in hope of collecting that precious nectar from the sugar maples.  This process takes a lot of work along with miles (and miles and miles) of tubing, just to extract a small amount of finished maple syrup for our pancakes and waffles.  If you are interested in getting involved in this as a hobby, some good resources are located at https://nature.mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/downloads/maplesugaring.pdf and https://cpb-us-e1.wpmucdn.com/blogs.cornell.edu/dist/7/5773/files/2016/06/Tubing-Notebook-6th-edition-2fpl9ze.pdf.

 

Vanguard silicone tubing can be used in many places throughout the collection and processing of maple sap into maple syrup.  Silicone provides a high level of resistance to weathering and UV radiation.  It also will not leach harmful plasticizers into the sap running through the tubing.  Vanguard’s food grade silicone products are consistent with FDA and NSF requirements for food contact applications, and, because they are silicone, will not support mold growth in the bore.  Further, they maintain their flexibility in temperatures down to -60F or lower, and can handle temperatures as high as 400F+, so they are ideal for applications in the sugaring process from collection, right on to low pressure transfer during the evaporation process.

More information on our food grade tubing offerings is available at

https://www.vanguardproducts.com/food-grade-silicone/

https://www.vanguardproducts.com/rubber-silicone-tubing

COME VISIT US AT THESE UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS!

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We will be exhibiting in booth 3496 of the 2020 Pacific Design & Manufacturing/MDM West Show, 2/11/20 through 2/13/20 at the Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA.  Come visit us to see the latest in elastomeric technology.

For a free exhibit hall pass, visit https://anaheim.im.informa.com/2020/registrations/DM?_mc=sem_x_ana_le_tsnr_pacificdm_x_goog_b&MCAID=77FB1CFE532B22840A490D45@AdobeOrg

 

 

 

We will be exhibiting in the USA Pavilion at the 2020 Electronica, 11/10/20 through 11/13/20 at Messe Munchen, Munich, Germany.  Stay tuned for further details

For an exhibit hall pass, visit https://electronica.de/visitors/planning-your-visit/purchase-ticket/index.html

VANGUARD PRODUCTS OPENS NEW ENGINEERING AND APPLICATIONS SUPPORT OFFICE

Precision engineered elastomeric component and EMI/RFI shielding gasket manufacturer Vanguard Products Corporation, Danbury, CT USA, announces the opening of its new engineering support and applications development office in Shanghai, China.

Vanguard (Shanghai) Electronic Material Co., Ltd 钒价德(上海)电子材料有限公司, will provide technical support and development for our extensive customer base on mainland China, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia.  The office will work in close coordination with our distributor, EG (ShangHai) Commercial Co., Ltd, providing an unmatched level of engineering, development and commercial support in China for our products manufactured in the USA.

A strong technical presence in China and the Far East has always been a priority for Vanguard Products.  The high concentration of manufacturing in the electronics and telecom industries in China has presented us with the opportunity to devote extensive engineering and customer support resources in the area.   In conjunction with our distributor partner, we believe that we have established a presence in China that will best serve the growing demands of our China based customers and our domestic US customers who are specifying products for production within China. The location in the technology hotbed of Shanghai is ideal for this purpose.

Vanguard is looking forward to many years of success in this important market.

 

For Further Information Contact:

Mark Hansen, Sales & Marketing Manager, Vanguard Products, email: mhansen@vanguardproducts.com, Phone:  203-744-7265

Taylor Tang, Regional Technical Sales Representative, Vanguard (Shanghai) Electronic Material Co.,Ltd, 钒价德(上海)电子材料有限公司, Phone:  +86-13661873176, E-mail:  Taylor@vanguardproducts.com

Fluorosilicone vs. Silicone for O-rings, Gaskets, Tubing and Seals

 

Fluorosilicone rubber (FVMQ) is a variation of silicone featuring stability, compression set resistance to temperature extremes, and enhanced resistances to non-polar solvents, fuels, oils, acids, and alkaline chemicals. This material is common in many industrial, automotive, and aerospace applications where static sealing and cushioning is required.

FVMQ contains trifluoropropyl groups, making it highly versatile for outdoor sealing applications or environments where exposure to sunlight, ozone, chlorination, or aromatic hydrocarbons is common. The basic properties of fluorosilicone include:

  • Temperature range: -60–200º C
  • Compression set: Fair/good
  • Strength: Fair
  • Low temperature properties: Excellent
  • Abrasion resistance: Poor
  • Gas permeability: Fair
  • Weather resistance: Excellent
  • Water resistance: Excellent
  • Ozone resistance: Excellent
  • Mineral oil resistance: Excellent
  • Chemical resistance: Excellent
  • Flame resistance: Excellent
  • Heat resistance: Excellent

A comparison between fluorosilicone and silicone in relation to their use in O-rings, gaskets, tubing and seals allow users to choose the best solution for specific applications.

Fluorosilicone vs. Silicone

Silicone elastomers—also known as silicone rubbers—are composed of silicone, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. They are non-reactive, stable, and resistant to extreme environments and temperatures from −55–300° C (−67–572° F). They share these characteristics with fluorosilicones.

Fluorosilicone rubber distinguishes itself from silicone because it also contains additional beneficial properties common to fluorocarbons. The addition of these compounds enhances FVMQ’s capacity to resist solvents, fuel, and oil. Fluorosilicone has a slightly lower maximum service temperature hot air resistance than silicone.

fluorosilicone vs silicone o rings gaskets tubing and seals

Fluorosilicone O-rings, Gaskets Tubing and Seals

Fluorosilicone’s distinctive properties make it ideal for use in the sealing solutions found in engines, machines, and other mechanical systems. Common fluorosilicone sealing components include:

  • O-rings. Shaped like a donut, O-rings are usually seated within a groove on one or both of the joined parts where they form a seal, where they block the escape of air and fluids by filling in the space between coupled components.
  • Gaskets. Gaskets provide a flexible seal between two joined components. They are usually flat and relatively thin, with bolt or pin penetrations through them. Compressed between two flat surfaces, gaskets provide sealing as well as vibration control.
  • Seals. This is a general term for any component that prevents fluid/air leakage fluids, blocks contaminants, or maintains pressure. O-rings and gaskets are types of seals, but the term usually applies to application-specific sealing solutions held in place by compression, such as oil seals found in engines.
  • Tubing.

O-rings, gaskets and seals fill the space between two joined parts in a machine or engine, allowing for the conveyance or transfer of fluids or air between them without leakage. Beyond fluid and vapor leakage, these components prevent debris from entering into mechanical systems and maintain consistent pressures to ensure optimal performance.

Recommended Uses of Fluorosilicone O-rings, Gaskets Tubing, and Seals

Certain systems, environments, and applications benefit from the use of O-rings, gaskets, tubing, and seals created with fluorosilicone, including:

  • Jet fuel systems
  • Dry heat environments
  • Broad temperature range environments
  • Some petroleum oil applications
  • Chlorinated solvents environments

Non-Recommended Uses Fluorosilicone O-rings, Gaskets Tubing and Seals

Though their properties provide ideal solutions in the above instances, there are other applications where the use of fluorosilicone O-rings, gaskets, tubing, and seals will produce less desirable or negative results, including applications containing:

  • Ketones (MEK)
  • Phosphate esters
  • Some acids
  • Auto/aircraft brake fluids
  • Amines (ammonia)

Benefits of Fluorosilicone O-rings, Gaskets, Tubing and Seals

There are certain special features provided by fluorosilicone O-rings, gaskets, and seals. Seals made of FVMQ provide benefits such as:

  • Excellent flexibility and compression set resistance
  • High-level aging, weather, and UV resistance
  • Resistance to animal and vegetable oils, fuels, oxidizing chemicals, aromatic and chlorinated solvents
  • Capacity to withstand aliphatic and aromatic fluorocarbons, diluted alkalis, toluene, benzene, ozone, diester oils, silicone oils, and oxidative environments

Fluorosilicone Sealing and Tubing Solutions from Vanguard Products

The specialized properties of fluorosilicone provide many of the benefits of silicone while adding additional resistances to non-polar solvents, fuels, oils, acids, and alkaline chemicals. These benefits make it the right solution for the formation of O-rings, gaskets, tubing, and seals used in many industrial, automotive, aerospace and aviation applications.

Vanguard Products Corporation is a provider of fluorosilicone O-rings, gaskets, tubing, and seals for these and other applications. Contact us to learn more about the fluorosilicone sealing solutions available from Vanguard.