Simtec integrates LSR, metal, thermoplastics production in one cell

Miramar, Fla.-based Simtec Silicone Parts LLC is starting a production process that integrates parts made of three materials — a metal, liquid silicone rubber and a thermoplastic — into one component within one manufacturing cell.

A breakthrough in LSR tooling technology enables the combination of multiple materials in a single production cell and the company is about to use it for a new application, Simtec President Enrique Camacho said in a telephone interview.

“A revolutionary approach for the integration of functions and materials is starting production at Simtec. It’s the first of its kind in the world for this particular application,” Camacho said.

He said he can’t identify the product or customer because of a confidentiality agreement but he could talk about the technology that is moving the company beyond overmolding LSR onto a thermoplastic substrate to also incorporating a metal part.

“We are redefining the LSR two-shot manufacturing process to LSR multi-shot,” Camacho said.

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