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EMI Gaskets Manufacturers and Companies

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  • San Fernando, CA

    Spira is committed to manufacturing quality products to ensure that you, the customer, will be able to make an informed decision and choose the best gasket for your design. Each product manufactured by Spira fills a very specific need in the market, not found in any other EMI gasket. Spira’s commitment to quality is demonstrated through our ISO-9001 and AS9100 certifications. Our products also meet requirements of RoHS, DFAR, and others.

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  • Palmyra, NY

    Shieldex® Trading produced by Statex specializes in the quality production of plated fabrics, fillers, tapes and yarn components for I/O panels, fabric-over-foam gaskets and elastomers. We offer ready-to-fabricate gasket skins in carbon-coated silver, tin/copper and nickel/copper.

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  • Lancaster, NY

    Our EMI gaskets are made from the highest quality materials. We believe in offering nothing but the best to our customers around the world. We look for the highest quality materials, manufacturing techniques, and innovative installation options that will help our customers succeed. We do all this and still provide affordable pricing. Contact us to find out more!

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  • Plymouth, MA

    Work directly with the leading US manufacturer of EMI/RFI shielding. Tech-Etch is a global supplier of standard and custom EMI shielding products for both the commercial and military markets. Our complete line includes BeCu shielding strips, conductive elastomers, wire mesh, filters, honeycomb vents, board level shielding, metalized fabric shielding, and conductive foam. Extensive sample program.

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  • Chandler, AZ

    The Zippertubing® Company offers 10 different EMI shields, each with frequency specific features and benefits, which gives the customer a choice of solutions for their EMI/RFI problem. From solutions for flat cable, round cable or odd shapes and sizes, the Zippertubing® Company has a solution for today’s EMI/RFI problems.

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ARTICLES AND PRESS RELEASES

New Conductive Plastics

EMI Gaskets In the world of manufacturing, new products are constantly researched and created to replace older, lesser technology. One new trend in manufacturing is the production of conductive plastics. These plastics replace heavier and more expensive conducting materials, like copper and steel, in many electronic items. Conductive plastic is an exciting development for many different industries. A conductive plastic part is simply a plastic compound that can provide electrical conductivity. Usually, a conductive filler is added to the plastic during the molding process and may use steel fibers or... Read More

3 Types of EMI Shielding

EMI Gaskets EMI shielding, or electromagnetic shielding, as it is officially called, is the process of shielding an area or component from electromagnetic waves using a barrier of conductive or magnetic materials. This kind of shielding is necessary in a variety of applications, from protecting internal components of computers and other sensitive equipment from electromagnetic waves to protecting workers from harmful electromagnetic waves in a factory setting. EMI shielding companies are extremely important, as they provide many other industries with the ability to protect themselves from damaging electromagnetic waves. Most... Read More

The Many Different Faces of EMI Shielding

EMI Gaskets Much like a wet suit that protects your body from unwelcome temperatures when you go swimming, EMI shielding essentially serves as a barrier to reduce the occurrence of and protect electronic equipment from radiated EMI. This protection is in the form of reflection or absorption by different materials. Just like a wetsuit, the material and design that you go with can dramatically affect your results, and depends greatly on what your intended outcome is. What material you choose to use really should depend on what type of result... Read More

EMI Shielding in War Zones

EMI Gaskets July 16, 1945 marked the United States' first test of a nuclear weapon. It was the culmination of the Manhattan Project's research phase, and the observations made by the attending scientists would greatly increase their understanding of this new weapon they'd created. In order to maximize their information gathering capability, the research team shielded its testing instrumentation at the request of Enrico Fermi, one of the project's head researchers, as well as other prominent figures in the project. They anticipated that the blast would produce an electromagnetic pulse,... Read More

Where the EMI Gaskets Are

If asked to think of the five most common electronic components regularly put to use in industrial electronic devices, things like circuits, wiring, transistors and insulation would be likely to make the list. EMI gaskets? Less likely. Gaskets seem to be more commonly associated with things like engines and pipelines; they're used to seal the meeting places between two objects, such as an engine block and a cylinder head or two pipes in an exhaust system. However, EMI gaskets work in much the same way as the gaskets that are... Read More

EMI Shielding for Dummies

by Andrea Mustine Confused about why your microwave door has EMI shielding? Or why you overheard your electrician discussing it while installing your new home security system? Don't understand what it is really all about but don't want to ask and have people think less of you? Then EMI shielding for Dummies is for you! All of the basics in understandable English are spelled out in the paragraphs below. To begin, we should discuss the basics of EMI, or electromagnetic shielding. What is it, what does it shield and why... Read More

businessIndustry Information

EMI Gaskets

EMI gaskets are designed to minimize or entirely prevent the interference of electromagnetic waves. Prevention of these waves are critical for many reasons. First, electromagnetic disturbance can negatively affect the function of an electrical circuit. Electromagnetic disturbances can be both frustrating and damaging. Electromagnetic radio-frequency interference may over time degrade the performance of the circuit, or even cause the circuit to cease functioning entirely. In reference to the data path, effects from electromagnetic disruption may range from error increases to loss of all data. Clearly, this would be detrimental to multiple operational processes. Automobile ignition systems, mobile phones, and televisions are all affected by electromagnetic disturbances. Certain radio technologies are also particularly susceptible to electromagnetic disturbances. All electronic devices radiate some form of electromagnetic interference. The importance of high-quality EMI shielding gaskets can not be understated and EMI shielding is necessary to the success of multiple products, projects, and operational processes.

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Custom Die-Cut EMI Gaskets – Spira Manufacturing Corporation
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Electronically Conductive Rubber

Electromagnetic shielding gaskets are made of conductive rubber, also called conductive silicone. Generally, electronically conductive rubbers are known for their excellent weathering, oxidation, and ozone resistance abilities. Electronically conductive rubber is extremely well-suited for use in electromagnetic shield gaskets.

Conductive rubber is made by combining small conductive metal particles through the material and provides both a watertight and an EMI resistant seal. Electronically conductive rubber has great conductivity across its entire surface, excellent electromagnetic protection, easy die-cutting, kiss cutting, and slitting, and can withstand temperatures between -60 to +185ºC in most cases. In certain situations, rubbers can tolerate temperatures as high as 220ºC. Conductive rubber can be put to many industrial purposes and understanding its use in EMI gaskets is important.

Infusion of Rubber

Conductive rubbers can be infused with silver, nickel, silvered aluminum, silvered glass, and graphite. In commercial use, nickel graphite conductive rubber and graphite conductive rubber are often chosen due to their lower costs. In military and aerospace applications, silver copper silicone conductive rubber better meets the Mil-G-83528C required specifications. The military and aerospace industry may also choose to use fluorosilicate versions of rubber due to its chemical and fuel resistance.

Since various materials and installation methods are available, it is important to consider which materials and methods are suitable for the desired application. Chemical compatibility is essential, so it is crucial to make note of what material should be used to construct the gasket relative to the environmental factors that the gasket will be exposed to, such as high or low temperatures, rain or wind, solvents, and other conditions. Installation of a gasket can involve the use of PSA’s, epoxies, or fasteners, all of which could factor into the overall cost of the gasket. Gasket manufacturers will be willing to work with you in determining which options should be taken.

High Frequency Protection

Electronically conductive rubber can provide protection from high frequencies. Frequencies can range from 60 dB at 30MHz to 10GHz. Conductive rubber is well-suited for military communications because of its excellent conductivity, electromagnetic shielding, and grounding. Electronically conductive rubber is easy to shape and mold and can come in sheets, o-rings, die-cuts, parts and more. Conductive rubber can also be custom-made if it is needed for specific uncommon applications.


Electronically Conductive Rubber Types:

    • Silicone Carbon
    • Fluorosilicone Nickel Graphite
    • Silicone Nickel Graphite Flame Retardant
    • Silicone Silver Aluminium
    • Fluorosilicone Silver Aluminium
    • Fluorosilicone Nickel
    • Silver Plated Nickel
    • Silver Glass


Electronically Conductive Plastics

Recently, electronically conductive plastics have been introduced into the EMI shielding industry. Plastics of this nature can be made electronically conductive by the addition of carbon nanotubes, steel fibers, or conductive fillers. Materials are usually added during the plastic molding process. Electric grounding and electric switches also may utilize these types of conductive plastic. Previously, shielding gaskets were, for the most part, made using conductive metals. This practice was effective to an extent, but made gaskets heavier and less cost effective. For this reason, some manufacturers have chosen to use electronically conductive plastics in their shielding mechanisms. Some of the many advantages of conductive plastics include enabling the fabrication of gaskets that are less expensive and more reliable. The only significant disadvantage of conductive plastic is its sensitivity to extreme temperature. When exposed to temperatures like this for long periods of time, electronically conductive plastic may begin to experience difficulties. For instance, prolonged exposure to high temperatures may cause plastics to melt. In the same way, exposure to very cold temperatures tends to cause conductive plastics to crack or fracture. Despite these disadvantages, many applications are well suited for the use of electronically conductive plastics.


About RF Gaskets

With certain frequencies, usually above 500 MHz, traces become electrically longer. RF gaskets also tend to be higher above the plane. There are a few measures that can be taken at these frequencies to reduce electromagnetic disturbances.

One of these is wave shaping. Wave shaping is done by using a series of resistors and embedding the traces between two planes. If there is still too much EMI after the wave shaping process, these gaskets may be used. RF gaskets are usually used in conjunction with copper tape.


Types of EMI Gaskets

Gaskets are composed of electronically conductive rubber but can also be designed to include a variety of different materials to make them more effective in each of their applications. Some of these are solid, sponge, and fabric-reinforced materials. Gaskets can come in virtually any size or shape, depending on the materials that are used. EMI shielding gaskets generally range from diameters of 0.250" to 60" with thicknesses starting at 0.003". When choosing the right type of gasket, the goal is usually not only to reduce EMI interference but to minimise the number of screws or fasteners needed to comply with shielding requirements.

Understanding some of the commonly used gaskets and their shielding capacities is important. There are a few different types of Shielding gaskets, two of which are groove mounted gaskets and surface mounted gaskets.


Grooved Mounted EMI Shielding Gaskets

One common type of gasket is a grooved mounted gasket. A grooved mounted gasket is placed in a groove where it is machined, extruded or cast for sealing into a system. Grooved mounted gaskets are wound out of spring temper beryllium copper in order to provide compression resistance and spring memory. High-shielding material is great for military and aerospace applications and tends to solve problems that other shields are unable to. Gaskets of this kind usually offer shielding quality of up to 165 dB depending on their application and are a great choice for many commercial industrial applications. Similar shields can be for FCC and European Community EMI shield requirements. Die-cast or molded "pinch boss" grooved gaskets can offer a shield of 95 dB at 1 GHz and are highly durable.

Multiple Sealed Grooved Mounted Gaskets

Multiple sealed gaskets are combinations of EMI and environmental gaskets. Multiple sealed gaskets can be perfect for applications that need quality sealing and have limited space or require a groove-mount solution. These gaskets tend to offer shielding from 86 dB to 165 dB.

Stainless Steel Silicone Grooved Mounted Gaskets

A few grooved gaskets are constructed of stainless steel as a main component in addition to a silicate compound. These are commonly low closure force shields, meaning they are designed to be used in situations where there is less than approximately two pounds per linear inch compression. These grooved gaskets resist compression set and are very easy to use. Aluminum can be added to these gaskets as well, which increases their shielding capacities.


Surface Mounted EMI Shielding

Surface mounted gaskets, are useful when space is limited. Surface mounted gaskets are also great for when the application of a surface mounted gasket is more economically viable. Some surface mounted gaskets are attached to a silicone elastomeric extrusion which creates an excellent low force environmental seal. Gaskets like this usually provided shielding quality from 86 dB to 165 dB.


EMI Shield Gasket Construction

There are a few different processes used to make gaskets. The design process of a gasket will depend on what the gasket will be used for. Common processes for making EMI shield gaskets include die-cutting, digital die-less creation, and pressure sensitive adhesion. Understanding the construction methods of different gaskets can be helpful when choosing which product to purchase.

Die-cut Gaskets

Many gaskets are made using a die-cut process. This means that a piece of rubber is stamped out and then made into a gasket. Die-cut gaskets are economical for sealing the cover of a high volume box. Die-cut gaskets can also be constructed to seal unusual shapes.

Digital Die-less Cutting

Gaskets can be constructed using a digital die-less cutting process which optimises value and minimizes waste. These gaskets can be utilized anywhere die-cut gaskets are used. This is a very economically friendly manufacturing process.

Adhesive Pressure Gaskets

Gaskets can also be made using pressure sensitive adhesives. This is the process usually used to make O-ring gaskets, framed gaskets, and other custom gaskets.


Gasket Installation Tips

The company clients purchase their gaskets from will usually help them to understand the many different installation processes. Some companies even offer onsite installation under certain circumstances. When installing gaskets, there are a few things consumers should keep in mind. Using good installation practices can increase the efficiency on an entire operation. The installation will differ depending on which type of electromagnetic interference is present. The company that a consumer chooses to work with should be able to help them follow the correct installation processes and correctly install gaskets. Proper installation is key to defending devices from the many different types of electromagnetic disturbance.

    • Centering the gasket on the flange is important, and can be crucial to the success of the gasket.
    • Surface finish and flatness need to be satisfactory.
    • Make sure any bolts or screws are tightened adequately.
    • All bolts should be tightened uniformly and from side to side around the joint.
    • Tighten bolts and screws in one-third increments according to the proper patterns.
    • Never use liquid or metallic anti-stick lubricating compounds on gaskets. This can cause premature failure.


Other Factors to Take Into Consideration

There are a few additional factors to keep in mind when considering which type of gasket will be needed for an operation, and what manufacturer to choose gaskets and supplies from. The environment that the gasket will be exposed to is one important aspect to consider when choosing a gasket. Chemical compatibility is another important element. Will the gasket be exposed to and solvents? If so, being sure it is constructed of chemically resistant materials is paramount. Will it be exposed to high or low temperatures? If this is the case, choosing a gasket manufactured using electronically conductive plastics would not be a good choice. Will the gasket face weathering from water or to the wind? There are certain types of gaskets designed to withstand these elements. How much radiation will the gasket be subjected to? Some gaskets do not protect from certain types or amounts of electromagnetic radiation. What processes would be necessary to switch out or fix a broken gasket? If the gasket will be placed in an area that isn't easily accessible, it would be wise to purchase one of high-quality and made with durable materials to avoid future issues. The materials available and methods of installation, as well as the gasket's manufacturing process, are all key to the success of an operation. The manufacturer that shoppers choose to purchase gaskets from should be happy to answer these and any other questions consumers may raise.