ALTDORF, Switzerland—What is the easiest way to determine the most likely applications for electrically conductive rubber?
Ask an open question to the public at-large, offer a $5,400 award for the 10 best ideas and then get to work.
The "Open Innovation Campaign" is the philosophy for Datwyler, the precision molder of elastomer products for a range of industries that has perfected electrically conductive elastomer materials.
"We are seeking ideas and proposals that identify system-critical components ... and are related to our core competencies of material expertise, solution design and operational excellence," the company states on its website. "Given Datwyler's presence in the B2B sector, our focus is on opportunities that serve the functionality of a system."
Typically, elastomers are non-conductive, and insulary for a reason.
Electrically conductive elastomers are a mixture of rubber and conductive particles and fillers that improve conductivity.