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A Novel Gasket and Seal System used for EMI Shielding Using Double Percolation of Carbon Nanotube Technology to Improve Safety, Profitability and Productivity for SMEs

Final Report Summary - EMISHIELD (A Novel Gasket and Seal System used for EMI Shielding Using Double Percolation of Carbon Nanotube Technology to Improve Safety ... and Productivity for SMEs)

The EMISHIELD project proposed to develop a novel gasket and seal system used for EMI shielding. The new system will reduce the time for installation and maintenance and dampen 85 dB. Furthermore the system will sustain 6 bars water tightness and 4 bars gas tightness. After the commencement of the project, it was discussed that some of the work needed to be reviewed, it was seen that the proposed PC / PE polymer material didn't have the required properties, and therefore a new material had to be found.

With regard to installation, the project developed a product that is produced by fewer parts compared with today's sealing and gasket product and reduces at least 20 % the time spent on use, maintenance and installation. In addition, the product will be offered to a total cost of less than EUR 200 per unit to the SME EMI shielding user, well below that of current EMI shielding products.

The sealing gasket can sustain 6 bars water tightness and 4 bars gas tightness, and with regard to shielding, can shield for electromagnetic interference by dampening facility of 85 dB in the 100 Mhz to 3 Ghz area. This is the main frequency spectra for commercial – non military shielding in 96 % of the SME market for EMI shielding.

The innovative differentiation that this technology will give to each of the partners with respect to their competitors is such that each partner will be able to capture new market share within their existing domains, attack previously untapped markets and leverage opportunities that would otherwise be denied them. Specifically, Roxtec will use the developed technology to leverage its position as a supplier of high-value equipment to electronic device sector, Bekina will through the supply of very advanced CNT compounds combat competition from Asian compounders, Fange will actively pursue new sales channels for their machining technology, based on this new application and market for their EMC systems, Pionet will pursue new sales for their EMI shielding services, based on this new application and market for their systems, Teinsa will use the developed technology to new sales channels for its line of EMC systems. Finally, the large enterprise ABB Power Technologies will use the integrated system to help them combat competition from American service provider, together with their market brand as a primary energy engineering company to act as one of the initial customers and promoter of the EMISHIELD product on behalf of the SME partners. ABB's role in the partnership will provide significant market credibility amongst EMI shielding customers through the strong and multinational ABB brand. The consortium agreement does not assign any of the resulting intellectual property rights to ABB. However, we see ABB as a unique source for providing valuable market knowledge and early end-user feedback in addition to promote the EMISHIELD product on behalf of the SME partners.

The project created a web site for the combined use of an on-line administrative tool for the partners (password protected) and web presence. The website can be seen via http://emishield.pera.com.

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