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Coating & Laminating Elastomeric coatings get seal of approval


The seal, materials and coating specialist offers coatings specifically developed for elastomeric products


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he Engineered Materials Group of Parker Hannifin Corporation, who focus on motion and


control technologies, as part of its portfolio of materials and products offers coatings of the ParCoat family, specifically developed for elastomeric products. They facilitate assembly and, as a result, ensure reliable and long-lasting seal performance. During assembly processes, there is a risk of seals that look near-identical but have different functions being mixed up. Another risk is that of seals being damaged during installation due to high assembly forces. Typically going undetected initially, both of these potential error sources may lead to premature failure of the entire sealing system with respective consequential errors and costs. In addition, high-volume manufacturing


of elastomer seals supplied as bulk material that is separated in conveyor systems entails the risk of seals sticking together. The resulting stacking of sealing elements may lead to in-process trouble up to and including line standstill.


With ParCoat coatings, the surface


properties of elastomeric components can be systematically modified and optimised. They are suitable for all commonly used elastomer grades and clearly reduce assembly forces, among other things. For instance, with standard connectors on automotive air conditioning systems, a reduction by 50 per cent and more can be achieved compared to uncoated O-rings or O-rings with other coatings.


Clean separation, depositing, and


feeding in high-volume production is ensured by choosing a respective ParCoat coating as well. Various coatings in coloured and transparent versions are available, depending on the application requirements. Coloured versions serve to mark products and to avoid mix-ups. In addition, for corporate identity purposes, elastomer seals may be coated in the customer’s corporate colour. Especially for small or special production series, for which the development of a respectively coloured material is not economically feasible, ParCoat coatings are an easy and cost-effective way to provide elastomeric components with the desired colour. On the other hand, transparent versions are used to coat colored basic compounds when the basic colour must not be altered. Parker Hannifin’s Engineered Materials


Group produces sealing systems and engineered polymer components as well as EMI shielding.


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manufacturing, will host two technical workshops at the WNIE show, on September 18-19 at the NAEC in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. Development Chemist for Electrolube’s


Conformal Coatings Division, Beth Turner MSc, will provide a complete overview of conformal coatings through two conclusive workshops on both days of the event. The first workshop will focus on the application and utilisation of protective coatings for electronic assemblies. During this workshop, visitors will learn about the necessary requirements for the conformal coating of assemblies. The workshop will also cover the classification of coatings, the film properties and application methods for protective coatings and how to avoid typical errors during coating. The second workshop will concentrate


on protecting electronics from the harshest environments with new generation conformal coatings. Visitors will have a great opportunity to learn about the different types of coatings available, for instance, how to speed up production


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Electrolube to present coatings workshops E


lectrolube, electro-chemicals manufacturer for electronics, automotive and industrial


dramatically with next generation UV cure products, as well as explore the varying levels of protection that different coatings provide. Beth will also highlight examples of how best to select the most suitable product for your application, by providing an insight into how Electrolube has provided collaborative solutions for a number of different applications with their global customers. Beth Turner has spent her career to date


as a research and development chemist and has previously worked on specialist projects including bio-functional nano-coatings and specialist coatings affording protection to electronics in harsh environments. Beth works alongside Electrolube’s Phil Kinner in the Conformal Coatings Division and is a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Beth Turner comments, “WNIE will


provide the perfect platform to engage with visitors and expand the audience’s understanding of conformal coatings to ensure a more successful coating process. The two workshops will run consecutively over both days at WNIE and I’m really looking forward to helping visitors find better solutions for their existing


Beth Turner will provide a complete overview of conformal coatings


coating processes.” Ron Jakeman, managing director of


Electrolube, comments, “Running two workshops each day at WNIE is a fantastic opportunity to share our expertise in conformal coatings with the electronics community and for visitors to get an in- depth insight into the variety of coatings that serve virtually every manufacturing need. We continually take innovation one step further to present the market with the very latest, cutting edge solutions for even more applications, particularly our new UV cure range for faster production.”


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