Speaker found in airport

Speaker found in airport

When people ask me what I do for a living, I’ll be honest- I struggle trying to tell them what I do. I usually end up just saying, most of the parts we make are for aerospace/military applications. Which is true. However, frankly that is a terrible answer. I’m going have to answer that question a lot.

 Why am I writing this blog? 

I’m sitting at the airport here… and my flight is in 5 hours…. which if you have met me is an eternity, and I look up… I see a speaker on the ceiling. I took a picture of it to show you guys. The question that I immediately ask myself is.. what kind of gaskets are in this thing? What should I be selling the people who make these speakers? 

Products this Speaker could Use:

Lets start in my favorite place:

Thermal Pads-

I don’t think there are many thermal pads in there, because I don’t think that speaker operates for more than 2 minutes at a time… even with the most loquacious speaker. However, it does look battery powered cause I don’t see an cables coming from any direction from the walls.. just an interesting note. So it probably does run on WiFi. I still don’t think theres a thermal pad in there.


There is definitely a gasket in there. I’m going bet a sponge gasket, because I don’t see much force being applied to this.. with only 4 small screws holding the faceplate onto the front of the speaker. If I had to guess, I think its probably a PORON gasket. I think this for a few reasons:

  1. Not much pressure
  2. Its almost certainly just a dust gasket, since this speaker is inside- and even if it wasn’t.. any water ingress would be limited to water that would be wicked, and not directly sprayed.
  3. It needs to be economical. 

More Information

NEDC does die-cutting, and waterjet cutting to manufacture custom parts for customers. For more information on gaskets, or you feel you have an application that could utilize a gasket, please contact sales@nedc.com. 

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