How Composites and Laminates are Used in the Electrical Industry


Introduction to the Vitality of Electrical Laminates in Modern Industries

The Underlying Need for High-Precision and Reliable Materials

In modern industries, where precision and reliability are paramount, electrical laminates are the linchpin for high-functioning systems. Advanced manufacturing sectors—aerospace and telecommunications—rely on these materials for their unrivaled mechanical strength, electrical insulation properties, and thermal resilience.

Addressing the Complexities of Modern Electrical Systems

The complexity of today’s electrical systems demands materials that can perform under many conditions. Electrical laminates are tailored to meet these conditions, from resistance to high electrical voltages to thermal stability, thereby facilitating their adoption in a wide range of applications.


CURRENT, INC.’s Contribution to the Electrical Landscape

Precision Laminated Products for Electrical Applications

CURRENT, INC. has pioneered various laminated products, including sheets, rods, tubing, spacers, and standoffs that are indispensable in modern electrical setups.

Sheets, Rods, Tubing, Spacers, Standoffs, and Their Importance

These components are often a vital part of advanced systems; they serve as essential connectors, insulators, and structural elements in various electrical applications; ensuring that the systems they are part of function flawlessly.

Custom Fabrication and Secondary Machining: Meeting Specific Electrical Needs

CURRENT, INC. elevates its offerings through custom fabrication and secondary machining services.

Role in Enhancing Product Functionality and Integration

By creating bespoke components specific to client requests, Current, Inc. ensures seamless integration and enhanced functionality in complex electrical systems, meeting and often exceeding client specifications.

Dive into the Materials and Resins: The Foundation of Electrical Laminates

Resins at the Forefront: Phenolic, Epoxy, Silicone, and Melamine

The composite structure of electrical laminates can be viewed as an intricate matrix, and at its very core lie specialized resins such as phenolic, epoxy, silicone, and melamine. These resins aren’t arbitrarily selected; rather, they are carefully chosen for their unique properties. For instance, epoxy resins are prized for their exceptional adhesive capabilities and chemical resistance, while silicone resins are valued for their thermal stability and flexibility.

Their Role in Ensuring Product Reliability and Durability

Delving deeper into how these resins bolster the efficacy of electrical laminates, one finds that their roles are multifaceted. Firstly, they contribute significantly to electrical insulation, a non-negotiable attribute in electrical systems.
Beyond that, their tensile strength ensures the composites can withstand mechanical stresses. They also have an innate ability to resist moisture, which becomes highly relevant in scenarios involving exposure to varying environmental conditions.
Thus, these resins elevate the functionality of the laminates to make them integral to long-lasting and reliable electrical components.

Integrating Diverse Materials for Optimal Performance

A diverse range of other material is incorporated into the composite structure of laminates; further improving the bespoke model the Current, Inc. is able to achieve. Glass, cotton, paper, carbon fiber, basalt, and even Kevlar are used in various configurations depending on the specific demands of the electrical application at hand.
This means that we are not confined to a single type of laminate for all electrical systems but have a rich spectrum to choose from.

Glass, Cotton, Paper, Carbon Fiber, Basalt, Kevlar, and Their Contribution

Glass fibers are often used for their high tensile strength and excellent thermal resistance. Cotton and paper provide the benefit of low-cost insulation, making them ideal for applications with budget constraints.
Carbon fiber contributes to reducing the weight of the component while adding significant strength, a crucial feature for mobile or airborne systems. Basalt fibers offer excellent chemical resistance, and Kevlar is renowned for its exceptional tensile strength.
When skillfully combined, these materials coalesce to form composites with optimal properties like high strength-to-weight ratios, superb corrosion resistance, and unparalleled thermal properties.
This meticulous engineering makes them ideal for applications where failure is not an option, such as in telecommunications, aerospace, energy, and security systems.

The Multifaceted Application of Electrical Laminates by CURRENT, INC.

Welding Handles to Slip Rings: Ensuring Operational Efficiency

By implementing electrical laminates in applications like welding handles to slip rings, CURRENT, INC. guarantees operational efficiency.

From Thrust Washers to Generators: Enhancing Electrical Component Longevity

Other applications include thrust washers in motors to slip rings in generators, demonstrating the versatility and performance augmentation that these laminates offer.

Arc Shoots, Coil Forms, and Motors: The Essence of Electrical Integration

The integration of laminates into arc shoots, coil forms, and motors illustrates their essential role in modern electrical systems.

Beyond Standard Electrical Applications: Innovations in Laminates

Electrical Grade Laminates and Their Niche Applications

Electrical grade laminates are now applied in less traditional, more specialized fields like medical equipment and electronic devices, proving their adaptability.

The Power of Carbon Fiber in Modern Electrical Systems

Carbon fiber composites are now finding applications in cutting-edge fields like electric car batteries and solar energy systems, where lightweight and high strength are invaluable.

Sheets, Tubing, Rods, and Molded Parts

Components like sheets, tubing, and rods are being molded from carbon fiber, delivering an unprecedented combination of lightness and strength.

ESD G-10/FR4 Materials: Bridging Safety with Efficiency

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) G-10/FR4 materials are another innovation, offering both safety and efficiency by minimizing static electricity, a vital but often overlooked parameter for a wealth of industries.

Supplemental Offerings: Nylon, Delrin, and Teflon Components

The Importance of Screw Machine Parts in Electrical Systems

While not directly electrical laminates, nylon, Delrin, and Teflon components such as screw machine parts also play a vital role, offering excellent mechanical properties and chemical resistance.

About CURRENT, INC. – Commitment to Quality and Innovation

Legacy of a family-owned business since 1962 Established in 1962, CURRENT, INC. has a rich legacy as a family-owned business. Over the decades, they’ve maintained an unwavering commitment to quality and innovation, solidifying our reputation in the industry.

Ensuring The Best Products on the Market

Every product from CURRENT, INC. undergoes rigorous testing and quality control. This ensures that clients receive nothing but the best every single time.

Customer Service and Engagement – A Priority

For CURRENT, INC., it’s not just about products. They prioritize customer service and engagement, building long-term client relationships and understanding their unique needs.


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Reaching Out For Queries and Custom Solutions

To benefit from our extensive range of products and services, one can easily reach out to CURRENT, INC. They are always ready to assist the Electrical Industry with queries and provide custom solutions.  

Offering No-Obligation Quotes and Assistance

Understanding the importance of informed decision-making, CURRENT, INC. offers no-obligation quotes and unwavering assistance, emphasizing transparency and trust in all our dealings.

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