GFA Resource Center


GFA members have access to exclusive technical articles and webinars, as well as to subject-matter experts who present at GFA meetings. In addition to the online and offline resources regularly offered by GFA, members also receive the tremendous benefit of access to our TechTeam™ (offered in collaboration with the International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking), a group of industry professionals who quickly research and answer your toughest questions

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Webinars


  • Processing Gasketing Material with Waterjets

    By Benjie Massara, WARDJet Waterjets

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  • Rotary Die Cutting vs. Waterjet Cutting – Part 1

    By Richard Ward & Jeff Stetler, WARDJet Waterjets and DCS USA Corporation

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  • Rotary Die Cutting vs. Waterjet Cutting – Part 2

    By Richard Ward & Jeff Stetler, WARDJet Waterjets and DCS USA Corporation

    *Members Only
  • Introduction to UL Evaluation of Gaskets and Seals

    By Violetta Houle, Jeff Alberti, and Aesha Talia, UL, Rogers Corporation

    *Members Only
  • UL Flame and Gasket Ratings Uncovered

    By Dan Kubick, Rogers Corporation

    *Members Only
  • Equipment Series – Part 5

    By Rick Putch and Bob Wax, Associated Pacific Machine Corp.

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  • Equipment Series – Part 4

    By Rick Putch and Bob Wax, Associated Pacific Machine Corp.

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  • Equipment Series – Part 3

    By Mikkel Wax, Associated Pacific Machine Corp.

    *Members Only
  • Equipment Series – Part 2

    By Joe Hillman, Universal Laser Systems

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  • Equipment Series – Part 1

    By Jerry Hughes and Bob Wax, American & Schoen, Associated Pacific Machine Corp.

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  • A Guide to Material Selection – Part 3

    By Isabel Wright, Armacell LLC

    *Members Only
  • A Guide to Material Selection – Part 2

    By Demitri Fardelos, Amorim Cork Composites

    *Members Only
  • A Guide to Material Selection – Part 1

    By Gary Guzek, Sealing Devices

    *Members Only
  • ABCs of PSAs – Part 4

    By Randy Norman, Preco, Inc.

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  • ABCs of PSAs – Part 3

    By Gary Litman, Adhesive Applications

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  • ABCs of PSAs – Part 2

    By Roopram Ramharack,

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  • ABCs of PSAs – Part 1

    By Pam Fardelos , Adchem Corp

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  • Estimator’s Guide to Basic Gasketing – Part 5

    By Webinar Team, GFA

    *Members Only
  • Estimator’s Guide to Basic Gasketing – Part 4

    By Webinar Team, GFA

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  • Estimator’s Guide to Basic Gasketing – Part 3

    By Dave Plourde, GFA

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  • Estimator’s Guide to Basic Gasketing – Part 2

    By Gary Guzek, Sealing Devices

    *Members Only
  • Estamators Guide to Gasketing – Part 1

    By Steve Hanson and Gary Guzek, PGC, Sealing Devices

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Meeting Presentations


  • What’s Your “And”?

    By John Garrett, Corporate Culture Catalyst and Comedian

    *Members Only
  • Winning the Customer 4.0

    By David Avrin, The Customer Experience Advantage

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  • Master the Art of Conflict From a Black Belt Perspective

    By Karen Valencic, Spiral Impact

    *Members Only
  • A Practical Approach to Performance Improvement

    By Rob Fisher, Fisher Improvement Technologies

    *Members Only
  • Kris Paronto Video Intro

    By Kris Paronto, Inspiring Hero of the 2012 Benghazi Attack & Subject of the Book and Major Motion Picture,13 Hours

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  • Moving Forward

    By Lauren Saidel-Baker, CFA, ITR Economics

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  • The Fred Factor

    By Mark Sanborn, Sanborn & Associates

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  • Leading on Purpose

    By Dr. Kevin Basik, Basik Insight LLC

    *Members Only
  • Product Demo

    By Butch Schomber, RotoMetrics

    *Members Only
  • Manufacturers & Fabricators of Engineered Material Solutions

    By Mike Moran, The Gund Company

    *Members Only
  • Introducing Two New Products

    By Nathan Pike, GCP Industrial Products

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  • The Four Steps of the Adhesive Selection Process

    By Mike Price, Avery Dennison

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  • Products and Services for the Reduction of Fugitive Emissions

    By Anthony Venzin, amtec North America

    *Members Only
  • Guidance in an Uncertain Economy

    By Taylor St. Germain, ITR Economics

    *Members Only
  • The Plan is the Gasket

    By Jed Dunn, Newport Board Group LLC

    *Members Only
  • LEADING AT 90 BELOW ZERO

    By Antarctic Mike, Leadership and Sales Speaker and Author

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  • Chaos to Excellence

    By Bruce Hamilton, Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership (GBMP)

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  • Implementing Continuous Improvement in Converting Facilities

    By Angelo Lyall, Doug Clark, Canada Rubber Group Inc.

    *Members Only
  • Theory of Constraints

    By Darin Carr, Richard Wilmoth, Brandon Shanefelt, CGR Products

    *Members Only
  • GET SWITCHED ON! Reevaluate and Recharge

    By Chip Eichelberger, CSP

    *Members Only
  • Characterizing Rubber Materials to Meet Industry Standards

    By Jim Ward, Dan Kubick, BRP Manufacturing, Rogers Corporation

    *Members Only
  • Getting Serious About Profit

    By Dr. Al Bates, Profit Planning Group

    *Members Only
  • What You Need to Die Cut Gaskets

    By Bob Wax, Associated Pacific Machine Corp.

    *Members Only
  • Four Dimensions of Competing for the Future

    By Bill McCleave, W.R. McCleave & Associates

    *Members Only
  • How to Stay Relevant

    By Ross Shafer,

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  • Navigating the Crest

    By Alex Chausovsky, ITR Economics

    *Members Only
  • What’s In Your Employee Handbook?

    By Bob Weil, GFA Legal Counsel

    *Members Only
  • Creating a Solid Business Interruption

    By Chuck Keeley, Gord Sirrs, Ken Stober, Bob Weil, CGR Products, Canada Rubber Group, Mueller Die Cut Solutions, Legal Counsel

    *Members Only
  • Closed Cell Expanded Rubber

    By Isabel Wright, Armacell LLC

    *Members Only
  • Four Generations in the Workplace

    By Cam Marston, Generational Insights

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Technical Articles


  • Leakage Detection and Measurement

    By Larry Pyle, LFP Technologies

  • Fugitive Liquids and Gases

    By Larry Pyle, LFP Technologies

  • Benefits and Uses of Cloth-Inserted Rubber

    By Nikki White, UIP International

  • Military Gaskets for EMI Shielding: What are MIL-DTL-83528 and QPL 83528?

    By Dominic Testo, SSP

  • Solving Electric Vehicle Battery Challenges with Pressure-Sensitive Tapes

    By Scott Krusinski, Avery Dennison Performance Tapes

  • Shelf Life

    By Larry Pyle, LFP Technologies

  • How to Select the Right PTFE Filler For Your Application

    By Kristin Carlin, AGC Chemicals Americas, Inc.

  • Why Doesn’t My Machine Work?

    By Robert Wax, Associated Pacific Machine Corporation

  • EMI Silicones Create Opportunities for Gasket Fabricators

    By Dominic Testo, Specialty Silicone Products

  • Abrasive Water Jet Cutting for Harder Gasketing Materials

    By Roberto Naccarato, Elasto Proxy

  • Sterilization Methods

    By Larry Pyle, LFP Technologies

  • Gasket Terms

    By Larry Pyle, LFP Technologies

  • Proactive Risk Management is Good for Business

    By James M Testo, EHS Risk Management, LLC

  • Influence of Additives

    By Larry Pyle, LFP Technologies

  • EMI Gaskets for 5G Telecommunications

    By Dominic Testo, Specialty Silicone Products (SSP)

  • When Are Tapes Too Old for Processing? Why Viable Shelf-Life Matters

    By Dave Shuey, Avery Dennison Performance Tapes

  • Is Waterjet a Solution?

    By Richard Ward, WARDJet

  • Limit the Liabilities of Your PPE

    By John Berchulc, Foam Seal/Novagard

    *Members Only
  • REACH

    By Larry Pyle, LFP Technologies

  • RoHS

    By Larry Pyle, LFP Technologies

  • American Biltrite Proudly Offers an Array of Rubber Grades

    By Tracey Lancaster, American Biltrite Inc.

  • COVID-19 Update – The Shifting Landscape II

    By Robert J. Weil, Law Office of Robert J. Weil, PLLC

  • Leakage and Methods to Detect

    By Larry Pyle, JBC Technologies, Inc

    *Members Only
  • Four Steps to Selecting the Appropriate Adhesive Solution

    By Deanne Lewis, Avery Dennison

  • Is Your Supply Chain Ready for the “New Normal”?

    By Clyde Sharpe, Elasto Proxy Inc.

  • How to Find Replacements for GORE® EMI Gasket Materials

    By Dominic Testo, Specialty Silicone Products

  • NSF Certified Components for Water System Manufacturers + New Acceptance of NSF/ ANSI 61 in Canada Means a New Name for the Standard: NSF/ANSI/CAN 61

    By Tracey Lancaster, American Biltrite Inc.

    *Members Only
  • Cold Bonding vs. Injection Molding for Finished Gaskets

    By Steve Melito, Elasto Proxy Inc.

    *Members Only
  • Fluorosilicones for Environmental Sealing and EMI Shielding

    By Dominic J. Testo, Specialty Silicone Products

  • ASTM D 1056 Explained

    By Monmouth Rubber & Plastics, Monmouth Rubber & Plastics Corp.

  • Coating Methods

    By Larry Pyle, LFP Technologies

    *Members Only
  • COVID-19 Pandemic and the Shifting Landscape for Employers and Employees

    By Robert J. Weil, Law Office of Robert J. Weil, PLLC

  • Frame Gaskets for EMI Shielding

    By Dominic J. Testo, Specialty Silicone Products

    *Members Only
  • The One Two Three of Tonnage Calculation

    By Robert Wax, Associated Pacific Machine Corp.

    *Members Only
  • Surface Conditions

    By Larry Pyle, LFP Technology

    *Members Only
  • The New Standard for Gasketed Joint Design: ASTM F2836

    By Adam Arnett, amtec North America, Inc.

    *Members Only
  • Stronger Than You Think

    By Marco Schildknecht, Frenzelit, Inc.

    *Members Only
  • Potential Employer and Employee Pitfalls under the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act

    By Bob Weil, UFP Technologies

    *Members Only
  • Guide to Converting Waste Removal

    By Midway Rotary Die Solutions, Midway Rotary Die Solutions

    *Members Only
  • Technical Bulletin: Gasket Design Guidelines

    By Chris Schenck, Amorim Cork Composites

  • Invisible Infrastructure

    By John Bonforte, Sr., Monmouth Rubber & Plastics Corp.

  • Addressing Shelf Life Questions for Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

    By Scott Miller, 3M Company

  • Commercial Grade Rubber vs. Specialty Rubber

    By Clyde Sharpe, Elasto Proxy Inc.

  • Why Doesn’t My Machine Work?

    By Bob Wax, Associated Pacific Machine Corp.

    *Members Only
  • Platinum-Cured Silicones Open Medical Markets to Gasket Fabricators

    By Dominic Testo, Specialty Silicone Products

    *Members Only
  • Nickel Graphite vs. Silver Aluminum in Metal-Filled Shielding Elastomers

    By Dominic Testo, Specialty Silicone Products

  • Laser Processing for Gasket Fabrication

    By Joe Hillman, Universal Laser Systems, Inc.

  • Particle-Filled Silicones for EMI Shielding and Environmental Sealing

    By Dominic Testo, Specialty Silicone Products

  • Expert Advice Aids Selection of the Right Gasket Material

    By Bill Searle, Canada Rubber Group, Inc.

  • The Solution May Be in the Carrier

    By Rebecca Blose, CCT

  • Static Electricity and Ways to Prevent It

    By Michael Thyberg, Adchem Corp.

  • Polymer Resistance to Aleternatice Fuels

    By Charles Thrasher, Trellborg

  • Silicone Rubber in Extreme Environments

    By Rick Ziebell, R.D. Abbott Company

  • Laser Basics for Die Cutting Fabricators

    By , Preco, Inc.

  • General Rubber Compounds

    By Jim Ward, BRP Manufacturing

  • Eco-Materials & Sustainability

    By Demetri Fardelos and Tim Vos, Amorim Cork Composites

  • Form in Place Gasketing

    By Gary Guzek, Sealing Devices, Inc.

  • Flame Lamination

    By John Dean, Jacobs & Thompson

  • What About IMDS?

    By Mike Scarpelli, Everseal Gasket, Inc.

  • Higher Flourine Content Flouroelastomers

    By David Blender & Charles Thrasher, Reeves-Trelleborg

  • Thermal Interface Materials

    By Gary Guzek, Sealing Devices, Inc.

  • Cork Rubber Materials

    By Matt Messmer, Amorim Industrial Solutions

TechTeam™


TechTeam™ is a dedicated and experienced team of industry professionals that stands ready to assist you with your technical questions and issues. Their mission is to quickly research and answer your technical gasket fabricating, diecutting, and diemaking questions in an unbiased, confidential, current, and direct manner. Free access to TechTeam is a service provided by the GFA to its members in collaboration with the International Association of Diecutting and Diemaking (IADD).

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