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Extruded & Spliced (Vulcanized) FFKM

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 @ 16:12 PM
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Topics: Specification Tip, Unique Gasket Applications, Quality of Design, Value Engineering

Custom Fabrication

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 @ 08:11 AM
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Topics: Unique Gasket Applications, Quality of Design, Value Engineering, Vendor Selection

APQP, PPAP, FMEA, SPC & MSA Training for USR Employees

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 @ 08:11 AM

Day 1:

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Topics: Specification Tip, Quality of Design, Value Engineering, Quality Control

Telecommunications: Thinking Inside the Box with Virgil Alonso

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 @ 13:10 PM

Protecting the Electronics inside of an enclosure

A popular and often overused catchphrase is, "to think outside the box".  I have learned that in the telecommunications market that it is better to think inside the box.  The reason I make this statement is because a very important component of a telecommunications enclosure is the electronics inside the "box".  Not only are the electronic components expensive but the cost of failure is a great cost to consider.  For example, a failure of a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) unit would result in lost TV reception, high speed internet access and land line phone service.  Some above ground - below ground fiber units may support up to 10,000 customers from a single box.  Imagine having 10,000 unhappy customers on your hands.  It is not a good situation!

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Topics: Specification Tip, Unique Gasket Applications, Quality of Design, Value Engineering

Act As One Company

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Mon, Oct 21, 2013 @ 09:10 AM

Partnership as defined by Dictionary.com: the state or condition of being a partner; participation; association; joint interest.

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Topics: Value Engineering, Quality Control, Vendor Selection

Why Use a Distributor?

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 @ 17:10 PM

If you could buy direct from the manufacturer or through a local distributor, which would you choose?  The most common argument made for going with the manufacturer is you will get a better price.  Sometime this is a correct assumption, but this isn’t always the case.  One thing that can swing the price breaks the opposite direction is the amount of business the distributor does with a manufacturer.  I know in our industry it is common for a distributor like us to do millions with a strong manufacturing partner.  Wouldn’t it make sense that a manufacturing partner would give better pricing to a distributor who does millions with them vs. a customer who is offering a six figure opportunity?

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Topics: Value Engineering, Quality Control, Vendor Selection

How to Avoid Leaks Through Assembles With Threaded Seals

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Leaks can occur anywhere on a system where mating surfaces exist. This concept is commonly associated with large mating surfaces where possible pressure leakages can cause system failure.

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Topics: Specification Tips

High Temperature Rubber Gaskets Material

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Tue, Oct 8, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Effects of Temperature

Operating temperatures of the project will have a profound effect of the longevity of the elastomer and rubber seals. If the proper material is not select for the intended operational temperature ranges the possibility of product failure increases.

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Topics: Quality of Design, Quality Control

Fabrication Methods of Custom Made Gaskets

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Fabrication and Design of Rubber Components

There are three methods for manufacturing rubber  molded parts; transfer molding, compression molding, or injection molding. Which process method to choose depends on the size, shape, function of part, quality, and cost of raw material. The three methods share similar qualities in manufacturing of rubber parts that are important to know when designing custom molded rubber parts.

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Topics: Quality Control

Neoprene Gaskets 101

Posted by Virgil Alonso on Tue, Oct 1, 2013 @ 10:10 AM

Neoprene is a type of synthetic rubber created by polymerization of chloroprene. Because of its polychloroprene factor, neoprene can resist extreme temperatures. Neoprene shows good chemical stability, high tensile strength, resilience to oil, flame resistance, and has the ability to maintain elasticity over a wide temperature range.

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Topics: Specification Tips