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Getting Technetical, a Technetics podcast, will leverage leading experts to bring you critical information regarding custom solutions for the aerospace, semiconductor, nuclear, industrial turbine, oil and gas, life science, and industrial markets.

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Getting Technetical, a Technetics podcast, will leverage leading experts to bring you critical information regarding custom solutions for the aerospace, semiconductor, nuclear, industrial turbine, oil and gas, life science, and industrial markets.

    The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch with Jason Riggs

    The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch with Jason Riggs

    On May 30th, the next chapter of U.S. space exploration began with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch to the International Space Station. Jason Riggs, Director, Aerospace Business Unit for The Technetics Group, spoke with host Tyler Kern about this momentous event.

    “This is definitely a new chapter in human space flight,” Biggs said. “Since the shuttle program ended in 2011, we’ve relied on Russia to get our astronauts up to space. With this successful mission, I believe this puts NASA and the U.S. back in the driver’s seat of our own space program.”

    The Commercial Crew program will likely be a significant part of the equation for the future of U.S. space flight.

    “With this public/private partnership, they were able to demonstrate they can deliver the capability, which we saw with the launch a couple of weeks ago, and deliver massive cost savings and a reduction in time to execute,” Biggs said.

    And this type of partnership provides much need capabilities within the industrial base.

    For Technetics’ part, Biggs said they’ve been lending their support, knowledge, and technical capabilities to all partners in this joint Commercial Crew venture to ensure the programs are as good as can be.

    As for SpaceX, did the successful launch on May 30th change the opinion that they can realize the dream of commercial space flights?

    “They’ve demonstrated their reuse capabilities many times over and demonstrated similar capabilities with the Falcon 9 in a manned space flight environment. So, I think the questions around, can they do this? Can they do this efficiently? Can they do this quickly? Cost-effectively? I think they've put a lot of those questions to rest,” Biggs said.

    • 18 min
    The ABCs of PTFE Tape and Film with Rodrigo Costa

    The ABCs of PTFE Tape and Film with Rodrigo Costa

    People may be most familiar with PTFE tape under its sometimes-moniker, plumber’s tape. But, as Technetics’ product manager Rodrigo Costa explained, there are many different uses and applications for PTFE tapes and films.

    “PTFE tapes are interesting because of its chemical inertness, so it is resistant to any solvent,” Costa said. “it’s nontoxic, and it has a broad temperature range, workable with temperatures up to 160 degrees Celsius.”

    Unsintered tapes can be used as a wiring cable insulator to prevent breakdowns and sparks. Technetics can customize and color the tapes to meet a customer’s specifications. Engineered PTFE tapes use special additives to enhance specific properties.

    Costa said Technetics often changes the properties of these tapes and films to meet a customer’s need for better wear resistance or thermo-conductivity.

    “The main application for our PTFE tapes is wire and cable,” Costa said. “Other interesting applications are bearings or bushings. The films are applied to metal substrates and formed into bushings.”

    Some compression packing applications use a PTFE film turned into yarn. It’s the high temperature of operation that makes PTFE so desirable for wiring and sealing applications.

    • 17 min
    Metallic Seals Meet the Most Extreme Demands

    Metallic Seals Meet the Most Extreme Demands

    Talk about small but mighty. A 1/8 metal seal on a valve can be the difference between success and critical failure. On this episode of Getting Technetical by Technetics, host Shelby Skrhak sat down with Cindy Krishna and Bruno Quilling to discuss the variable viability of metal seals that help solve tough sealing problems.

    "Valves are continuously moving, so there's a real hard demand on them," Krishna said.

    Multi-purpose solutions — ones that work for most industries — can struggle to meet extreme demands within specific valve uses, Quilling explained.

    "More commonly used sealing materials like elastomer or graphite can become deformed and lose tightness," Quilling said.

    But advances in metallic sciences have helped to bring in more durable sealing solutions to market.

    "We've seen the evolution of metal seals over time with increasing demands from the environment," Krishna said. "It's the change in extremes of what we're asking valves and pumps to do these days that are really driving that significant change."

    The extremes are quite significant. Seals must withstand temperatures as low as –423°F and as high as 1450°F, survive corrosive or radioactive environments, and perform over the long-term without excessive material degradation.

    Quilling says metal seals serve critical applications in the nuclear, oil and gas, and semiconductor industries.

    "These are industries where failure is not an option due to cost," he said.

    • 14 min
    A Look at PTFE Product Solutions with Andrew Bastian

    A Look at PTFE Product Solutions with Andrew Bastian

    Andrew Bastian, Director of Product Management and Strategy, Technetics stopped by Getting Technetical to talk about Technetics’ PTFE product assortment and their capabilities.

    While Technetics offers a wide range of stock shapes of PTFE sheets, rods and tubes, they also customize these products to exact forms and thicknesses to meet customer specifications.

    “In some cases, we can create shapes that no one else can,” Bastian said. “We can make a cylinder longer than anyone I know of.”

    High quality is the premier consideration for Technetics in creating these PTFE products.

    “We work with all the major resin producers,” Bastian said. “And our working environment is controlled and clean.”

    Stocked with state-of-the-art automated equipment and manufactured utilizing a well-experienced staff, Technetics stands behind all of the products it produces.

    When it comes to etching sheets, Bastian said the key is to ensure the produced sheet is flat. A well-produced flat sheet will reduce the need for re-etching. Another element to a well-produced sheet is a low amount of color variation after etching.

    And, if assistance with picking the right PTFE product is needed, Bastian mentioned Technetics’ customer service team with their average 20-year industry experience.

    “They know the industry, and they know how to help you get you what you want, even if you don’t know what you want, yourself,” Bastian said.

    • 11 min
    Why Customers Are Over the Moon with Technetics' Sealings for Space Products

    Why Customers Are Over the Moon with Technetics' Sealings for Space Products

    The first space race may already be run, but now is a time of great innovation and growth in the final frontier. Companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin are pushing the boundaries further and further, with simply landing on the moon not good enough. They’re looking at taking cargo to space, getting tourists out of this world and even, in the case of SpaceX, wondering if it’s possible to colonize Mars. Jason Riggs, the director of the Aerospace Business Unit for Technetics Group, is used to hearing big ideas from customers and figuring out how they can help make those things happen. “We have always been a very customer-centric organization, so we work really hard to be sitting alongside our customers so, as they are growing and evolving, we have the opportunity to do so alongside them,” Riggs said. “It’s not always easy. Change is hard. But when you’re focused on being there for your customer and see them moving down a path that’s new, different and maybe a little uncomfortable, you have the opportunity to decide, yes, we’re going to take our business down that same path, or we’re not.” Technetics finds itself saying yes a lot more than no these days, expanding its offerings beyond what long-time clients have come to expect from the group. “For a lot of folks that have known Technetics Group or even some of the brands and names we operated under prior to the evolution of Technetics, a lot of people have known us for static metal sealings,” Riggs said. “Those products are used all over both the launch vehicle itself and propulsion systems - anytime you have an assembly of some sort.” The group also does larger machine metal seals, K-Port seals and a variety of other sealing and fluid conveyance solutions. Clearly, it’s adapting with the times and offering solutions fit for this new chapter in space history.

    • 27 min
    Maintaining Business Relationships in the Growing Aerospace Industry

    Maintaining Business Relationships in the Growing Aerospace Industry

    The aerospace industry is growing. Airbus announced that, in the next 20 years, 39,000 aircraft will need to be manufactured, and 550,000 new pilots will need to be hired to meet traffic growth.

    The team at Technetics said that capacity is the biggest challenge in the marketplace at the moment, but they have the experience and specialty to ride this new growth. Darren Conway, Rob Paton, and Tom Ludwell from Technetics join host Daniel Litwin on Getting Technetical to have a discussion on how the company maintains business relationships.

    Around seven years ago, the aerospace industry saw a race to the bottom in costs. Currently, the team at Technetics said that trend is reversing, and customers are looking for a quality product that is delivered on time. Daniel Conway said that Technetics strives for “stability, control and structure.”

    Technetics has latched onto its niche, meaning it can deliver a quality product to the market faster than others. Technetics also has the added benefit of many years of experience. Paton said they are “lucky enough to have an experience with a multitude of elastomers," as well.

    On the topic of maintaining business relationships, Ludwell had an excellent takeaway.

    “As long as you pick your battles, you service the hell out of the customer, and you deliver what they need at the right quality and the right time scale, then you will always grow your business,” he said.

    Technetics is full of experts in creating products and creating a relationship with their business partners. The conversation about maintaining relationships became one about honesty. Ludwell said that “doing the right thing with the right partners becomes the most important thing to growing your business.”

    • 39 min

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