TROY, Mich.—The Rubber In Automotive Conference will present 23 industry experts exploring new technical innovations and efficiencies, including Michael DiPino, senior technical service manager for R.D. Abbott Company, Inc., and Boris Traber, global director, advanced material development for Freudenberg Sealing Technologies.
DiPino's June 13, 2 p.m. presentation, "Fluoroelastomer Choices for Harsh Environments," will discuss key features of FKM and fluoro vinyl methyl siloxane for use in severe temperature, fuel and fluid service applications.
"Underhood conditions have never been as severe as they are today," DiPino said in a statement. "With higher service temperature conditions, selecting the right elastomer for static and dynamic seals is critical. New fluids, designed for longer service life, have introduced new chemistry hurdles that have caused compounders and fabricators to select more specialty grades of elastomers."
Traber's presentation, "Smart Materials for Seals with Additional Function," will discuss the role elastomers are playing in a changing automotive industry, June 13 at 1:30 p.m. at the RIA Conference.
While the primary function of seals cannot be changed, rising demands for reliability, data-mining and digitalization are driving new interest in seals that act as sensors and actuators in vehicle systems, Traber said in a statement.
The Rubber In Automotive Conference runs June 13-14 in Troy. The conference, co-sponsored by Crain Communicaiton Inc.'s Rubber and Plastics News and Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, and it is being chaired by F. Joseph Walker, global technology director, materials and laboratories development for Freudenberg.
Additional information about the conference is available on the Rubber in Automotive conference website.