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   Blow Molding       Blow molding is a process commonly used when parts are hollow in design. It is similar to injection molding except that hot liquid thermoplastic rubber elastomer enters the mold vertically, in a hollow molten tube or "parison." The mold closes on it and compressed air blows up the parison like a balloon, forcing it outward to conform to the inside shape of the mold. After cooling, a hollow part emerges. 
   Cast Urethane       Urethane elastomers, as a class, have excellent wear resistance, high tensile strength and high elasticity in comparison with other elastomers. Permeability is good and comparable with butyl. Suggested operating temperature (-40° to 125° F). 
   Compression Molding       In compression molding, a slug of rubber is pressed between two heated mold halves. This is generally done with vertical presses as opposed to the horizontal presses used for injection and blow molding. After being formed the part is air-cooled. Both tooling and piece part prices are moderate. 
   Dip Molding       A process similar to hot dip coating in which the finished product is the fused plastisol stripped from the dipped mold. Dip molding is used to produce such parts as gloves, grips, and protective caps. 
   Injection Molding       In the injection molding process, liquid rubber is forced into a cooled mold under tremendous pressure.  After the material solidifies, the mold is unclamped and a finished part is ejected. 
   Liquid Injection Molding (LIM)       Liquid injection molding (LIM) is a suitable process for high volume production of silicone and fluorosilicone products and materials. The process involves injection of a dual component mixture, a catalyst and crosslinker into a heated, pressurized mold. Thermosetting takes place during a short time span and the end result is a high quality product. 
   Transfer Molding       In transfer molding, the two mold halves are clamped together and the rubber or silicone is forced by pressure into the mold. A chamber (called a pot--usually at the top of the mold) and the assembly is placed in a press. The press applies pressure to a piston-like plug in the open end of the pot, clamping the halves of the mold together and forcing the rubber to flow through one or more spruces into the heated mold. 
   Other       Other, unlisted, or proprietary molding type. 
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   Butyl       Butyl is a common term for the isobutylene isoprene elastomer. It is known for its resistance to water, steam, alkalis, and oxygenated solvents. It has low gas permeation and is capable of providing high-energy absorption (dampening) and good hot tear strength. The range of suggested operating temperatures is -75° to 250° F. 
   EPDM       Ethylene propylene (EPDM) offers good resistance to sunlight, weathering and ozone. It has poor resistance to petroleum oils and fuel, but features good heat and compression set resistance. The range of suggested operating temperatures is -70° to 275° F. EPDM's trade names include Nordel® (DuPont Dow Elastomers), Vistalon® (Exxon Mobil Chemical), Epsyn® (DSM Elastomers), Royalene® (Uniroyal Chemical), and Epcar® (B.F. Goodrich). 
   AFLASTM       Highly fluorinated, carbon-backboned polymers resist harsh chemical and ozone attacks and provide good thermal stability. AFLAS™ offers low compression set and excellent aging characteristics. The range of suggested operating temperatures is -10° to 300° F. AFLAS is a trademark of the Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. 
   Fluoroelastomer (FKM - Viton®, Fluorel®, etc.)       A range of tailorable fluoropolymer elastomers. They are normally black and have high heat, oil and chemical resistance, but indifferent low temperature performance. With the exception of Kalrez® (DuPont Dow Elastomers), perfluorinated elastomer, they are about the most highly temperature resistant of all commercially available elastomers. Trade names include Viton® (DuPont Dow Elastomers), Fluorel® and Aflas™ (Asahi Glass Co., Ltd.), and Technoflon® (Montedison). 
   Fluorosilicone (FVMQ, FMQ, FPM, FSI)       The mechanical and physical properties of fluorosilicone are very similar to silicone; however, fluorosilicone offers improved fuel and mineral oil resistance but poor hot-air resistance in comparison. The range of suggested operating temperatures is -100° to 350° F. Fluorosilicone's trade names include FSE® (General Electric Co.), Silastic® (Dow Chemical), and Sylon® (3M Corporation). 
   Natural Rubber       Natural rubber includes compounds such as gum rubber (polyisoprene) and latex. 
   Neoprene       Neoprene is a synthetic rubber that resists degradation from sun, ozone, and weather. It performs well in contact with oils and many chemicals. Neoprene remains useful over a wide range of temperatures, displays outstanding physical toughness, and resists burning inherently better than exclusively hydrocarbon rubbers. Neoprene also offers resistance to damage caused by flexing and twisting. The range of suggested operating temperatures is -45° to 230° F. DuPont Dow originally engineered neoprene. 
   Nitrile (NBR, XNBR, HNBR)       Nitrile provides good resistance to petroleum hydrocarbons and fuels. It is used widely with most oils, hydraulic fluids, and alcohol. Many compound variations are available for specific applications. The range of suggested operating temperatures is -30° to 275° F. Trade names include Breon® (BP Chemicals), Chemigum® (Goodyear), Hycar® (B F Goodrich), Krynac® (Polysar Ltd.), Nipol® (Zeon Chemicals), Nysyn® NBR, (DSM Elastomers), Paracril® (Uniroyal Chemical), and Perbunan® (Mobay). 
   Polyurethane / Urethane       Polyurethane (PUR) resins provide excellent flexibility, impact resistance and durability. Polyurethanes are formed through the reaction of an isocyanate component with polyols or other active hydroxyl group compounds. Polyurethanes require a catalyst, heat or air evaporation to initiate and complete curing. 
   Silicone / Liquid Silicone       Silicone rubber is a two-component, synthetic, flexible, rubber-like material made from silicone elastomers that can be cured at room temperature into a solid elastomer used in molding.  It is heat resistant, durable and free of allergens or leachable chemicals. Liquid silicone is similar to normal silicone, but has different processing characteristics. It is purchased as a two-part raw material with a grease-like viscosity. 
   Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR)       Styrene butadiene rubber (SBR) offers good resistance to petroleum hydrocarbons and fuels. It is widely used with most oils, hydraulic fluids, and alcohol. Many compound variations are available for specific applications. The range of suggested operating temperatures is -30° to 275° F. 
   TPE / TPR       Thermoplastic rubber (TPR) and thermoplastic elastomers (TPE)--a class of polymers that have the performance of thermoset rubbers but are processed like plastic. 
   Other       Other, unlisted rubber material. 
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   Clean Room Molding       Clean room molding describes a molding process that takes place within a certified cleanroom. 
   Insert Molding       Supplier capable of producing parts that require molded in inserts, typically metallic. 
   Large Part Molding       Supplier has capabilities to mold large parts. 
   Micro Molding       Micro molding serves a variety of industries including medical, automotive, and consumer electronics by utilizing specialty miniature molding machines to produce very small (typically <2 grams) parts. 
   Tool / Mold Making       Suppliers have in-house expertise and a tool shop to create molding/tooling necessary for production. 
   Prototype / Market Entry Molding       Supplier can create prototypes to lend substance to ideas or investigate true manufacturing costs. 
   Low Volume Production (Short Runs)       Supplier is capable of performing low volume production runs; typically means a production run time of less than one week. 
   High Volume Production (Long Runs)       Supplier is capable of performing high volume production runs; typically means a production run time of over one week. 
   Assembly Services       Supplier provides secondary operations and assembly services such as electro-mechanical assemblies, ultrasonic and heat welding, printing, painting, bonding, and machining. 
   Bonding       Supplier has capabilities to bond the molded material to metals, wood, plastics or other substrates. 
   Design Assistance       With design assistance, suppliers can assist with concepts, manufacturing costs, manufacturing techniques and material considerations. Suppliers may also be able to assist in upgrading or redesigning, re-evaluating or modernizing existing products to increase performance and/or reduce manufacturing costs. Some suppliers offer material sourcing and CAD modeling as well. 
   Graphics       Supplier can mold-in or mold-on graphics, such as company logos, warning labels, and instructions.  Mold-in graphics is a method of incorporating a decal into a molded part.   The decal is applied to the mold surface and becomes integral to the molded component.  Mold-on graphics can be applied after the part is molded. 
   Just-In-Time Capability       Supplier has 'just-in-time' manufacturing capability of parts in order to reduce need for inventory maintenance. 
   Machining       Machining is the removal of material through milling, turning, drilling, and other processes. 
   Packaging / Shipping       Supplier provides packaging and shipping capabilities, including bulk shipment to facility for further processing or final packaging and shipping of product or device directly to the individual end customer. 
   Other       Other, unlisted, or proprietary service. 
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   Canada Only       Companies are located in Canada. 
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   Africa Only       Companies are located in sub-Saharan Africa. 
   Other       Other unlisted country or region. 
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