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  1. Happy Thanksgiving From APM Hexseal

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    Happy Thanksgiving from APM HexsealAPM Hexseal has a lot to be thankful for, this holiday season.  Although the year has indeed been a very challenging one, APM Hexseal has survived and thrived.  Throughout the pandemic, we have remained fully operational. We made numerous adjustments to our staff schedule and plant operations, to create a safe and functional operational atmosphere for all our employees.

    Safety was our top priority and we worked very hard to ensure that we could continue to produce our products, while maintaining a safe working environment for our people.  As an essential business, we supply components that are utilized in ventilators, hospital beds and a plethora of other medical and emergency services equipment.  Shutting down would cause great harm to our customers and the community at large, so we have worked tirelessly to avoid that. Our employees committed themselves to working through some difficult functional situations and rose to every challenge put before them. We are so thankful to them and proud of their extraordinary efforts. We created and tweaked our COVID-19 plan along the way and now feel quite comfortable being able to continue operations during the current resurgence we are seeing.

    One of the strategically intelligent things we did, early on, was to apply to the SBA for a PPP loan.  We were approved and we utilized that money to cover our payroll and keep from having to reduce our workforce by even one person.  Applying for this loan was a tedious and detailed process and we were deeply grateful to have received the loan, which allowed us to continue operating.  The funds were used for exactly their intended purpose, our employees are all still here as a result and APM Hexseal remains a strong, solvent, and vibrant entity. In fact, not only will we maintain our staff, but we will be able to add to our headcount in 2021.

    We have recently been notified that, after careful scrutiny and evaluation by the SBA, we satisfied all the requirements for utilization of the funds and as a result, the loan has been fully forgiven. We are very grateful to the SBA for their assistance and very proud of this achievement. The hard work that our entire staff has put forth in order to keep our lines running has been acknowledged and recognized by many of our customers.

    Our employees have now paid it forward by holding a Thanksgiving food drive for our local food pantry here in Englewood, NJ.  Giving back to our community has always been one of the foundational values of the APM Hexseal family and this year, more than ever, it has become increasingly important to us.  To that end, our employees collected food and monetary donations and the company has provided matching funds.  This year, our local food pantry received the largest amount of much needed food and money that we have ever collected, and we could not be happier to be able to help.

    We are all in this together, and together we will survive and become stronger.  APM Hexseal would like to thank all our customers, suppliers, partners and friends for your dedicated support and loyalty. We are mindful that there continue to be struggles but we are hopeful for good things in the future. From our APM Hexseal family, a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving, to all.

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  2. Why Silicone Rubber?

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    Versatile, resilient, and highly durable, silicone rubber is one of the most popular synthetic polymer materials available. Dependability in even the harshest of environments makes this elastomer uniquely suited for use as a sealant across a vast range of industries.

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    Silicone Rubber

    This type of rubber is composed of silicone, a type of polymer formed by combining the metalloid silicon with methyl chloride. These polymers are resistant to extreme temperatures and are available as solids, liquids, pastes, and greases. Due to the fact that they are non-toxic and odorless, silicones have become a popular and safe sealant option for medical devices and food-grade products.

    One of the significant attractions offered by silicone rubber is its immense versatility. Depending on its formulation, this material can display characteristics of both organic and inorganic materials. Unlike many other options, silicone elastomers retain their flexibility even in extremely low temperatures.

    Other silicone rubber properties include:

    • Noise reduction
    • Tensile strength
    • Thermal stability
    • Vibration dampening
    • Weather resistance
    • Chemical resistance

    Benefits of Silicone Rubber Sealing Solutions

    Silicone rubber boasts a wide range of advantages as a sealing solution.

    Thermal Stability

    This material maintains consistent properties at extreme high and low temperatures. Its ability to retain its elasticity in high heat and extreme cold makes it an ideal choice for components used across a variety of harsh environment types. Silicone rubber has a temperature range of approximately -100°F to 500°F, and it will hold up to frequent usage at 300°F without experiencing any changes in its properties. It can also often maintain its properties under exposure to temperatures up to 600°F for brief periods of time.

    Low Chemical Reactivity

    Silicone rubber is relatively inert as a material. It resists most chemicals and is hypoallergenic and biocompatible. This makes it versatile for use in applications ranging from chemical processing to medical implants.

    Resistance to Outdoor Environments

    Silicone rubber displays a high resistance to the negative effects of most weather conditions. It will retain its physical properties despite ongoing exposure to elements such as rain, wind, snow, and UV rays.

    Water Resistance

    Silicone rubber is highly resistant to moisture and steam. It will maintain its mechanical strength and only absorb approximately 1% of water, even after lengthy immersions in cold, warm, or boiling water.

    Multiple Hardness and Color Options

    Silicone rubber is available in a variety of formulations to target certain aesthetic or physical properties. It is available in a range of colors, and can be customized to different hardness levels depending on the intended usage.

    Good Electrical Properties

    The low conductivity of silicone rubber makes it a popular option for applications involving high-voltage currents. Silicone is also flame-retardant and won’t smoke under exposure to heat.

    Sterilization Abilities

    Due to its stability at high temperatures, silicone rubber withstands a wide range of sterilization methods, such as autoclaving, without detrimental effects. As it is non-toxic and easy to sterilize, silicone rubber is classified as a medical-grade material. Manufacturers may utilize this polymer as a sealant for products such as feeding devices, medical pumps, or IV components.

    FDA Approval and Mil-Spec Standards

    Its inert properties make silicone rubber an ideal choice for food-grade and medical-grade applications. Silicone rubber formulations are available that meat U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and military standards (Mil-Spec).

    What Makes APM Hexseal Sealing Solution Unique

    At APM Hexseal, we have spent the past six decades manufacturing RoHS-compliant sealing solutions for military, land, aviation, and naval applications worldwide. Industry leaders continually turn to us for silicone rubber seals that can be depended upon even in the harshest environments. To learn more about our sealing solutions, ask the experts at APM Hexseal today.

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