CGR Products is classified as an “essential business”. We die cut critical engineered parts that go to other essential businesses. The amount of inquires we’ve received has been both overwhelming and a blessing, including companies that range from major automotive manufactures making ventilators to high school students 3d printing face shields in their homes.
The ventilator gaskets are a specialized neoprene rubber that have a 3M high temperature adhesive on both sides. We used to cut these gaskets years ago but the company moved the production overseas. Within 10 days we were able to locate the tooling which we still had, ordered the specialized material, and started die cutting the parts. The parts were then rushed to a major USA based automotive manufacturer where the ventilator is being produced.
A local company reached out to us about die cutting their own material to make face masks in a rush. This customer brought us a prototype of the mask and the material to be used. The face mask design is a closed cell material that is washable and reusable. From the sample, we created the tooling in house and started die cutting the masks. We were able to create a die to maximize the customers’ material utilization and start cutting immediately.
Along with die cutting the face masks, CGR Products die cuts filter media that is used in inside face masks. These masks are typically washable and re-useable and the filter is disposable. They are made with an antimicrobial finish that lasts for several washes. The disposable filter material can deliver 99% Bacterial Filtration Efficiency (BFE) rate and a 99% Particulate Filtration Efficiency (PFE) measurement at 0.1 microns. The disposable filter media is typically changed daily to maximize the mask’s protection against germs and particles,
Face shield foam strips have also been in huge demand. We have been supplying these strips in materials that range from open cell polyurethane foam, to closed cell sponge. With closed cell sponge, CGR Products can split these materials to any specific thickness. We have seen thickness requests that range from .500″ to 1.25″ for these strips. We then apply adhesive to one side of the materials and either die cut to the finished desired strip or supply the materials in roll form.
A student from an area high school reached out to us looking for a material to use on face shields. The school has 3D Printing as part of their curriculum and they started making the clear plastic portion of the face shield. Here at CGR Products, we stock a wide variety of closed cell sponge and offered the school Armacell 3091 to use as the foam strip. We supplied them strips die cut 1.00” thick x 1.50” wide. The completed face shields were then supplied to medical staff in the local hospitals. Attached is a link from Armacell, regarding materials used for face shields. Foams for face shields.
CGR thrives on these types of challenges and is always ready to collaborate with customers to develop ideal solutions to their problems. Contact us today to see how we can assist your business with a similar challenge.