Flexi Shields
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Spira’s Flexi-Shield gasket offers the best of both worlds! This gasket combines the EMI shielding performance of our other spiral gaskets with the rain/wind/dust sealing of an elastomer! A special process wraps our highly conductive spiral around a soft silicone tube. This results in gaskets that are very easy to handle, are rugged enough to be used in demanding sliding applications, provide as little as two pounds of closure force per inch, and offer moderate to high shielding, depending on the materials chosen. The low force series is especially well-suited to shielding the front/rear panels of VME/VXI and similar enclosures. See below for ordering information.

Application Information

Whether you need moderate to high shielding levels, rain/wind/dust sealing, or simply want the ease of handling that the inner tube provides, Spira’s Flexi-Shield comes through for you. All the benefits for one low cost!

Shielding Quality:
We offer stainless steel for moderate shielding quality, and optional tin plating for higher shielding levels. All shielding quality results are based on tests against tin-plated joint surfaces. The shielding quality may vary depending on your specific application. Refer to Shielding Quality for more complete data.

Stainless Steel (All Forces): 100 dB at 1 GHz
Low Force Tin-Plated Gaskets: 120 dB at 1 GHz
Moderate and Standard Force Tin-Plated Gaskets: 130 dB at 1 GHz

Low Closure Force:
The low force series is ideal for applications with very little closure force (approximately two pounds per linear inch compression). The gasket resists compression set, is very easy to handle and will provide a rain/wind/dust seal.

VME/VXI and Similar Front/Rear Panels:
The low force gasket is the best choice for shielding front and back panels of VME/VXI and similar enclosures. The gaskets are easy to insert and testing shows no visible wear after 1,000 insertions! Flexi-Shield gaskets are manufactured from a continuous piece of metal, so they have no small pieces to break off and short out equipment.  For specific design information, refer to our VME/VXI Shielding Design Guide.

Sliding Applications:
All versions of Flexi-Shield are ideally suited for sliding applications. Specify moderate or standard force Flexi-Shield where extreme durability is required.

Materials:
Spiral: Stainless steel (tin plating optional).
Inner Core: 40 ± 5 durometer silicone.
Refer to Material Specifications for more information.

Environmental Sealing:
Our testing shows that all sizes and all resiliencies offer a rain/wind/dust seal. (We have other gaskets that provide an immersion seal). Contact us for free samples to determine if this gasket meets your environmental sealing needs!

Compression Force:
Flexi-Shield gaskets come in three different resiliencies shown below. Optimal compression of the gasket is 25% of the diameter of the spiral (except in the case of VME/VXI designs. Please refer to our VME/VXI Shielding Design Guide). Since the force to compress the gasket is a function of the cube of the thickness of the stainless steel ribbon, the compression forces shown are approximate.
Standard Force: ~30 pounds per linear inch compression.
Moderate Force: ~10 pounds per linear inch compression.
Low Force: ~2 pounds per linear inch compression.

Mounting:
Refer to Groove Mounting Techniques for detailed mounting information. Refer to our VME/VXI Shielding Design Guide for groove details on this application.

Available Options

Materials and Plating:
Plating for stainless steel Flexi-Shield can be specified using the following prefix:
T: Tin/lead plating over the stainless steel for better shielding quality Electroplated 90% tin, 10% lead per AMS-P-81728 (Example: TSQ-04)
IW: RoHS compliant tin plating (Example: IWSQ-04)

Tin plated beryllium copper material may be substituted if desired. An edge plated version is also available for high humidity/salt-fog environments as shown below.

Material
Force
No Plating
Tin/Lead Plating
RoHS Tin Plating
Edge Tin Plating
RoHS Edge Tin
Stainless
Steel
Standard
Moderate
Low
SQ (default)
MQ
LQ
TSQ
TMQ
TLQ
IWSQ
IWMQ
IWLQ
--
--
Beryllium
Copper
Standard Moderate
Low
--
ST
MT
LT
IWST
IWMT
IWLT
EST
EMT
ELT
EIWST
EIWMT
EIWLT

Specify material by choosing the desired prefix from the table.

Example: EIWMT-08; RoHS edge tin plated beryllium copper, Moderate Force

Refer to Material Specifications & Compatibility for more information.

Special Tubing :
Fluorosilicone tubing can be specified as follows (may include extra charges):
-F: Fluorosilicone tubing (Example: SQ-04-F)

Ordering Information:
Flexi-Shield is sold by the foot and typically packaged on spools except in small quantities. It can also be ordered cut-to-length in specific sizes or you can cut it yourself using a sharp pair of scissors. Custom o-rings are also available. (See Custom Gaskets for more information.)

Flexi-Shield Part Numbers (Stainless Steel) Recommended Groove Dimensions*
Diameter Standard Force
Moderate Force
Low Force
Depth (L)
+.002"
-.000"
Width (G)
+.007"
-.005"
Width (W)
+.000"
-.002"
Stainless Steel
.063" ± .003" SQ-04 MQ-04 LQ-04 .046" .094" .060"
.070” ± .003” SQ-.070 MQ-.070 LQ-.070 .053” .094” .067”
.094" ± .004" SQ-06 MQ-06 LQ-06 .070" .125" .090"
.103” ± .004” SQ-.103 MQ-.103 LQ-.103 .077” .141” .099”
.106" ± .004" SQ-.106 MQ-.106 LQ-.106 .080" .141" .102"
.125" ± .004" SQ-08 MQ-08 LQ-08 .094" .171" .121"
.139” ± .005” SQ-.139 MQ-.139 LQ-.139 .104 .187 .134
.141” ± .005” SQ-09 MQ-09 LQ-09 .105” .187” .136"
.187” ± .008” SQ-12 MQ-12 LQ-12 .140” .250" .181"
.250” ± .010” SQ-16 MQ-16 LQ-16 .185" .343" .240"

* Different groove required for VME/VXI and similar front/rear panel shielding.
...Refer to our VME/VXI Shielding Design Guide for details.
Note: Larger sizes may be available. Contact us for more information.

See our Part Number Matrix for assistance with part numbers, options and product comparisons.

Spira Flexi Shield

See Groove Mounting Techniques for complete mounting details.

More information is also available on Dovetail Groove Cutters.

Flexi-Shield mounted in a
dovetail groove
Flexi-Shield mounted in a
standard o-ring groove.