One Gasket Engineering Company client has developed a highly intricate and highly effective system using closed-cell sponge gaskets that were manufactured in China, but in order to qualify for U.S. government contracts, they needed to bring the manufacturing of those parts back to the United States. The production of one part in particular has proven quite tricky for the company. It has squared-off edges, is made of normal closed-cell sponge with adhesive on one side and two holes in the rectangle. The tricky part is that the element requires a particular angle to the material, necessary for the precise functioning of the system.
At the start of the project, Gasket Engineering contacted the manufacturer of the foam material to see if they had any guidance on how best to accomplish what the customer wanted, but the material manufacturer did not have any ready solution.