AKRON—Football coaches should experience improved communications thanks to engineered materials used in a new headset design.
Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, a U.S. subsidiary of Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. Japan, collaborated with a manufacturing client to develop a headset for coaches to use during games. The Liquid Injection Molding System silicone product line was instrumental in improvements made that will make headsets lighter, thinner and more durable, especially during weather extremes, according to the company.
Shin-Etsu identified three silicone products to resolves issues in the headset. KEG2000-70 was used for its flexibility and durability in the boom part of the headset; KE1950-10 was used for added cushion in the temple pads; and KE2090-70 was used in the headband for better elasticity.
In addition, Shin-Etsu engineers used a silicone ink to print a logo on the headband, addressing the problems of faded, scratched logos on older headsets.