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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

EC-2040 Electrically Conductive Silicone Replaced by SNE-540

In late 2012 Rogers Corporation announced that their thin grade of nickel graphite filled gel-base silicone
would be discontinued. EC-2040 was a 40 durometer conductive silicone rubber used for EMI gasketing, it was offered in .020” and .031” thicknesses. Stockwell regularly applied 3M 9713 electrically conductive adhesive to EC2040.

Since EC-2040 was discontinued Stockwell has worked with SSP, a specialty silicone compounder, to offer a suitable replacement product. SSP has compounded SSP502-40, a nickel graphite filled gum-base silicone, with superior electrical conductivity and attenuation (shielding effectiveness) when compared to EC-2040. Further, the gum base product has superior tensile and tear strength compared to the gel base silicone product. Stockwell offers the SSP compound in sheets, cut parts and 3D molded configurations under the Stockwell product number SNE-540. SNE-540 is available with or without conductive peel and stick adhesive.

Nickel graphite filled silicone materials are commonly specified for commercial application where environmental sealing and EMI gasketing is needed. The Ni/C fill is considerably less expensive than the more “exotic” silver coated particle filled products often specified for military and aerospace applications. While the filler costs less than silver plated aluminum, the attenuation performance is still very good.

SNE-540 properties:
♦ Durometer: 40 Shore “A”
♦ Max Volume Resistivity: 0.030” Ohm-cm
♦ Shielding Effectiveness: >100 (@ 20 MHz - 10 GHz)*
♦ Temp Range: -55 to 160°C (-67 to 320°F)
 * Shielding Effectiveness testing was performed by DLS Testing in February 2013

For more information on SNE-540 or other electrically conductive silicone rubber products for EMI shielding, please contact Stockwell at 215-335-3005 or service@stockwell.com.

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