Customized extruded and moulded rubber parts: if you read only one article about these, read this oneJuly 30, 2014 REDWIRE is news you can use from leading suppliers. Powered by FRASERS.
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Whether you wear it, drive it, stand on it or apply it, rubber and rubber-made products form a part of our everyday lives.
From that brand name belt you bought as the perfect accessory to your outfit, to that garden hose your neighbour borrowed from you (a month ago), rubber is an instrumental compound with innumerable uses and applications.
Rubber moulded products for industrial functions occur as adhesives or rubber goods with a selection as diverse as their chemical properties.
Expand your gray matter by scanning this short primer on rubber material basics to help you decide which rubber type is best for your next project.
Silicone is the cream of the crop when it comes to the highest in versatility and insulating properties. This rubber material can withstand the greatest amount of temperature ranging from -62°C to up to 288°C.
A priceless gem for electrical, medical and fluid control applications, silicon is a non-conductive workhorse that can also be formulated to colour match to any Pantone/RAL. One caveat of silicon is its limited abrasion and tensile strength.
EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer)
While it may sound like a mouthful, EPDM rolls off the tongue in many industries, especially in the heating and air conditioning (HVAC) sector.
What makes EPDM so attractive is its ability to resist acids, alkalis, oxidation, ozone, steam and water at temperatures from -60°C to 150°C. And who doesn’t like playing hard to get?
Used mainly for abrasive protection and vibration dampening, natural rubber works at its peak in the -51°C to 77°C temperature range.
While natural rubber is mighty super with compression sets, abrasion and electrical insulation, damaging agents such as oils, oxygen, solvents and sunlight are the natural rubber’s kryptonite: natural rubber is unable to resist buckling under the pressure.
Nitrile works best in applications that require fuel, oil and chemical-resistant properties at a temperature range of -40°C to 121°C.
Grommets, gaskets, hoses, seals and o-rings are largely made from nitrile for industrial and automotive applications. Avoid nitrile when components will be in contact with ester, ketones and ozone.
When deciding which rubber material is best for your project, make sure to consider factors such as:
- the minimum temperature range;
- the maximum temperature range; and
- exposure to acid, oil, steam, sunlight and vapour
to ensure that the consistent resistance and integrity of the rubber product is maintained against the elements.
Shape your moulded rubber knowledge
Don’t stretch yourself thin with an abundance of misguided information on rubber products.
For two decades, Vicone High Performance Rubber is leading the pack in manufacturing and supplying extruded and moulded rubber parts for the aerospace, construction and defense, hospitality, medical and transportation industries.
We also proudly create customized rubber products as a registered supplier with the Controlled Goods Program of Canada, as well as manufacture goods using exacting ISO 9001 quality standards.
When the rubber meets the road in overcoming your business needs, let us be your go-to resource for consulting, prototyping and strategic production solutions.
See for yourself today by visiting www.viconerubber.com.