In this article, Ken Kozicki from High Performance Foams, shares the real cost of a gasket or seal, which has a much bigger impact than the actual cost of the item itself … especially in a rail car:

More often than not, there is a significant amount of emphasis and evaluation placed upon the selection of the materials used within the more prominent features of the interiors. This includes composite materials for side wall and ceiling liners, seat cushion foams and upholstery, and flooring structures, to name a few.

…what is frequently ignored is the hidden value and importance of the multitude of gaskets and seals that protect, preserve and actually integrate the various interior systems and modules together. While one of the main functions of a gasket or seal is to keep moisture or water from leaking into an undesired place, there are also many other considerations that should go into gasket selection. A great deal of engineering effort is spent determining vibration isolation and damping, acoustic blocking and absorption, as well as contribution to EMI/RFI protection and conformance to flame, smoke and toxicity requirements.

Ken answers questions like:

  • Does the quality of material that seals two expensive wall panels really make a difference?
  • Do you know what a compression set is?
  • Do you know what degradation of force deflection is, and how it impacts a seal?

Download the The Real Cost of a Gasket article.

Introducing the L3 Première: Reduce vibration in rail flooring

The High Performance Foams team recently launched a new product in its BISCO® line of silicone foams called the L3 Première, specifically designed for rail applications.

Employing breakthrough technology, the new L3 Première improves the passenger experience by reducing vibration in flooring constructions. Utilizing L3 Première isolation pads enables a smoother, more comfortable passenger ride especially in high speed rail applications.

Under extreme conditions for temperature and load, L3 Première maintains performance by retaining thickness and performance with low stress relaxation. 20 percent lighter than its L3 predecessor, the durable, long last-lasting material greatly resists compression set reducing the need for costly refurbishments over a railway cabin vehicle’s operational lifespan.

Read the full L3 Première press release.

Download a data sheet.

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