Vanguard Products Corporation is a full-service engineering and manufacturing company that produces top-quality, precision elastomeric goods. Vanguard’s product range includes standard and customized extruded and molded gaskets, tubing, and seals. We also design, develop, and manufacture specialty rubber products. Our facility is ISO 9001:2015 certified to produce the highest quality fabricated goods.
Our company supplies a variety of rubber products to the medical, food and beverage, defense, and other industries. Read on for an in-depth look at our top products.
Vanguard is an experienced, certified manufacturer of custom rubber gaskets and seals, which we make from the following materials:
- Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM)
- Nitrile butadiene rubber (Buna-N)
- Fluorocarbon elastomers (Viton®, Fluorel®)
- Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR)
- Isoprene (natural gum rubber)
We make rubber seals and gaskets for components in these industries:
- Food and beverage: Seals and gaskets in this industry must be made from food-grade rubber polymers, consistent with FDA requirements and listed by NSF International. These rubber components—often found in oven seals, dairy milking machines, and packaging equipment—are antimicrobial and safe to contact food products while withstanding high and low temperatures, fats, and cleaning products.
- Electronics/Electrical: To withstand rugged telecommunications and military applications, these rubber seals and gaskets must be durable and have tight tolerances.
- Medical: These seals must be robust enough to withstand repeated sterilization and chemical cleaning.
Architectural/Construction: In this industry, rubber seals and gaskets are resistant to extreme temperatures, chemicals, and UV radiation.
We also specialize in producing extruded silicone products for specific industrial applications, including fiberoptic sheaths, HVAC equipment, and peristaltic tubing.
Benefits of using silicone rubber extrusions include:
- Ideal for cleanroom environments
- Compatible with clean-in-place processes
- Can be sterilized with an autoclave
- Provides proper visual flow confirmation
- Low odor
We also design and manufacture top-quality customized O-rings for food-grade and other specialized applications. We can customize these products according to your specific parameters, including color, coating, hardness, chemical resistance, and industry compliance. Specialty materials include:
- White food-grade/FDA-compliant EPDM
- White food-grade/FDA-compliant nitrile
- White food-grade/FDA-compliant silicone
- White food-grade/FDA-compliant fluorocarbon
Vanguard produces gaskets to protect electronic equipment from electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI). Our patented Ultra-Vanshield®, Vanshield®, and MICROBRIDGE™ shielding gaskets comply with military specifications. These are the main types of EMI shielding gaskets we manufacture:
- Silicone EMI gaskets
- EPDM EMI gaskets
- Fluorosilicone EMI gaskets
We are a registered manufacturer with the U.S. Department of State, the Compliance and Registration Division, and the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance, pursuant to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR Part 122) and the Arms Export Control Act (AECA).
Our wide selection of capabilities and materials allows us to customize gaskets for nearly any requirement. One of these requirements is compliance with Mil-Spec M83528, which dictates standards for electrically conductive gaskets that block EMI in military applications. We can easily customize these gaskets according to size—from a 0.010” to 3” cross-section—and secondary operations.
In addition to rubber seals and gaskets, Vanguard supplies a wide range of custom and standard extruded and molded tubing. Rubber tubes are used in various applications, so manufacturers use different materials to match the requirements and restrictions of each use case. Examples of tubing materials include:
- Sponge rubber
- Nitrile butadiene rubber (Buna-N)
- Fluorocarbon elastomers (Viton®, Fluorel®)
- Butyl Rubber
These industries rely heavily on extruded rubber tubing:
- Oil and gas
- Food and beverage
Silicone tubing is a type of tubing made from a rubber-like thermoset material that provides elasticity, flexibility, and weather resistance. Silicone tubing products are ideal for outdoor, sterilized, and electrical applications because they can withstand UV radiation and ozone. It is available in different grades, including:
- Food grade/commercial grade
- High-strength grade
- Platinum cured
- Colored tubing
Benefits of silicone tubing include:
- Wide temperature range (-130 °F to 600 °F)
- Wide hardness range (20 Shore A to 90 Shore A)
- Various color options
- Easy to manufacture
- UV, autoclaving, and fungus resistance
Silicone elastomers are commonly found in the biotech, pharmaceutical, and medical sectors, owing to their biocompatibility, ease of use, and versatility.
Benefits of using silicone tubing in the medical industry include:
- Compatible with several sterilization methods
- High clarity
- Temperature resistance
- Tasteless and odorless
- Chemically inert
- Available in multiple grades
Common materials for medical tubing include:
Food grade silicone lacks plasticizers, drastically reducing the risk of food contamination from harmful chemicals like BPA. The lack of plasticizers also hinders odors and tastes from interacting with the food or beverage.
Two major applications of food-grade silicone include:
- Dairy transport tubing
- High- and low-temperature silicone tubing
Benefits of food-grade silicone tubing include:
- Damage resistance
- NSF-51 certification
- High- and low-temperature resistance
We also design and manufacture EPDM tubing products with a wide range of properties, making them ideal for use in various industries and applications. Our capabilities include:
- Single extrusion, coextrusion, and tri-extrusion
- Insert extrusion
- Multi-lumen extrusion
- PSA application
- Special packaging
- Special put-ups
- Frame and O-ring fabrication
- Adhesive applications
- Custom formulation for mechanical properties
Some of the industries we serve with EPDM tubing are:
- Nuclear/biological/chemical (NBC) warfare
Rubber molding involves injecting, transferring, or compressing raw rubber into molds and curing them into the molded shape. We perform rubber molding to produce gaskets, seals, and O-rings for various applications.
Compared to standard rubber molded components, custom molded rubber components provide greater precision and better performance for your specific application. At Vanguard, we offer compression molding, liquid injection molding, insert molding, transfer molding, and extrusion.
Our material selection includes:
- Fluorocarbon elastomers
5G systems, rising processing speeds, increasing chip power, and shrinking circuit boards present challenges to electronics systems and engineers. Conventional approaches to these issues have been insufficient. A better solution is thermal interface materials (TIM), which enable effective energy transfer from one interface to another. Vanguard utilizes an enhanced integrated approach to produce TIM products with high conductivity, minimal compression, high-temperature resistance, vibration resistance, and excellent durability.
We engineer and manufacture EMI/RFI shielding products, including Ultra-Vanshield® dual elastomer gaskets that offer the highest shielding and sealing levels at an affordable cost. All products are made in the United States, and we can customize your order according to size, PSA application, bonding, cutting, and other operations.
Our custom capabilities guarantee that we can manufacture products according to nearly any stated requirement.
High-Performance Elastomeric Gaskets, Seals, Tubing, Moldings, and EFI/RFI Shielding Gaskets from Vanguard Products
At Vanguard, we value high quality, precision, and excellent customer service. We are dedicated to manufacturing high-precision rubber gasket seals, tubing, moldings, and EMI/RFI shielding gaskets.