Sealing

Innovating Panel Plugs for the Future of EVs

EV rubber plugs manufacturer

Over the past few years, there has been a massive rise in demand for electric vehicles. With this massive shift towards a completely new vehicle type came the necessity to innovate.  What you may not know or ever see was the need to innovate the small things. In this post, we'll take you through what we at Echo have done to help EV manufacturers completely rethink panel plugs, from material and design, all the way to rapid prototyping and testing.

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Die-Cutting Basics: Manufacturing 101

basics of die cutting

In this post, we're going to take you through the fundamentals of what goes into die-cutting, including: What die-cutting actually is, forms of die-cutting, types of cuts, and tooling basics

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Advanced Masking: Understanding Platinum Cured vs. Peroxide Cured Silicone

platinum versus peroxide cured silicone

This post was created to explain what you and your masking solutions provider (like Echo Engineering), need to know when determining what silicone to go with for your masking application. To do that, let evaluate the pros, cons, and when specifically you should choose either one

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DIY Testing the Effectiveness of Sound Absorbing Materials

sound absorption testing

In this post, we're going to try something different. Rather than sending different materials off to test their impact on sound absorption, we're going to develop a decibel meter test in-house that anyone could do.  We're going to take you through this step-by-step.  This may be a rough test, but if you start if you begin noticing an obvious difference in sound reduction between two materials, chances are you're probably on to something.

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Automotive NVH Basics - The Science Behind Sound

Automotive NVH Science behind sound

You hear the wind blowing during a storm, leafs rattling, cell phone notifications going off, and cars buzzing by.  It's an unlimited amount of noises that you're exposed to each and every day. Each sound is unique in its own way based on a vast array of elements that could be factored in. But, do you understand what sound actually is? 

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Complex Rubber Seal Tips: Starting With The Basics

Complex automotive seals

Outside of the engineering design of a seal, there are 3 core elements that play a major role in the success of a complex seal.  Once you have a fundamental understanding of each, you'll be well on your way towards producing a seal that meets, or even exceeds, the performance requirements necessary for harsh environments and/or complex sealing applications.

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Basics of Rubber Shore Hardness

Rubber shore durometer basics

Before diving deep into the complexities of rubber design engineering, tooling, manufacturing, and testing, it's important to get a deep understanding of the core elements that make it work. In this post, we take a deep dive into the basics of rubber shore hardness, how to measure it, and some of the standard applications you'll find in the real world.

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