Apple Rubber recommends an integrated design methodology for sealing and filtering. "Customers often present us with sealing challenges that can be best met using non-traditional solutions," says Christopher Chiodo, engineer manager, Apple Rubber Products. "A Filter Seal is a custom sealing solution that combines two functions (filtering and sealing) into one part." With this approach, a single component replaces specifying, purchasing and installing as many as three or more separate parts. The custom designed combination uses a variety of elastomers to provide the sealing function. In addition, a range of fabrics with numerous mesh weave patterns can be molded with an elastomer to provide the filter. For more information on Apple Rubber's Filter Seal, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4933-525.
The transformative nature of designing and making things was the overarching, common theme at separate conferences held in Boston by two giants in the PLM space: Autodesk, with its Accelerate 2015, and Siemens’s Industry Analyst Conference 2015.
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