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.
Design collaboration now includes the entire value chain. From suppliers to customers, purchasing to outside experts, the collaborative design team includes internal and external groups. The design process now stretches across the globe in multiple software formats.
A new high-pressure injection-molding technology produces near-net shape parts with 2-inch-thick walls from high-performance materials like PEEK, PAI, and carbon-filled polymers. Parts show no voids, sinks, or porosity, have more consistent mechanical properties, and are stronger.
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