Schreiner ProTech has introduced the world’s first line of printable, steam jet-resistant pressure compensation seals (PCS). Developed through a joint project with one of its automotive customers, the new PCS HighProtect features a top film custom printed using thermal transfer (TTR) printing, making it viable for use as an information label or nameplate.
PCS HighProtect offers automotive OEMs and suppliers a venting solution suitable for customized inline printing, allowing them to eliminate a process step and save associated material and maintenance costs. In this fashion, the PCS serves dual roles of identification and protection, all while streamlining production.
A pressure compensation seal is a watertight, breathable membrane used to vent electronic housings, similar to a valve. The membrane ensures effective pressure compensation while preventing the intrusion of water, dust or dirt into the housing. In spite of their minimal height, the PCS HighProtect products can withstand even industrial-strength steam jet cleaners.
Due to its customized design, PCS HighProtect visually functions as a marking label. And though the pressure compensation membrane’s small ventilation hole — necessary for emitting the heat produced during electronics operation — does not show through the wear-resistant top film, the PCS still effectively serves its original protective purposes.