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Many polymers do not lend themselves to blends. Human history includes a Bronze Age and an Iron Age, but have you read any books that call our current era the Age of Long-Chain Polymer Blends? Through... (View Full Article)
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As a manufacturer of high-performance materials for the petrochemical industry explained, most biofuels are a mixture of fatty acids. Created by the reaction of natural oils with triglycerides and... (View Full Article)
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Sometimes, silicone is the right rubber material for food and beverage equipment. A non-organic compound, it doesn't decompose at high or low temperatures. Silicone parts are also easy to extrude, and... (View Full Article)
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While not the part of the specification itself, the following chart presents the assigned material prefix letters and the polymer such prefix would normally call out.... (View Full Article)
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Fiber reinforced polymers (FRPs) are a relatively new category of composite materials that combine stiffness and strength with weight reduction and corrosion resistance. Known also as polymer matrix... (View Full Article)
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Some manufacturers of electronic cabinets use off-the-shelf weatherstripping to seal gaps between the housing and door. Often, these weatherstrip materials are just fillers that form a static seal.... (View Full Article)
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Electromagnetic interference (EMI) can disrupt sensitive electronic components and endanger the lives of the warfighters and hospital patients who depend on them. Without EMI shielding, radio... (View Full Article)
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If your manufacturing company is thinking about on-site power generation, it's important to perform a careful cost analysis. Suppliers of windmills, solar panels, and hydroelectric turbines need to... (View Full Article)
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Except for the ones worn by goalies, most hockey headgear isn't as eye-catching as the football helmets worn in the NFL (or even the CFL). In terms of preventing head injuries, however, what matters... (View Full Article)
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Automotive suppliers expect more than just a parts provider. They want the lowest prices, of course, but not if getting those prices means selecting a vendor who can't deliver on-time and according to... (View Full Article)
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When the medical industry chooses a sealing supplier, buyers want to work with solutions providers instead of salespeople. By selecting a partner instead of a provider, medical device manufacturers... (View Full Article)
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Stopping an assembly line so that an installer can cut a door seal is inefficient. Even if the cost of any waste material is low, the loss of production efficiency is simply too high. For mobile... (View Full Article)
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Too many buyers are lured by low unit prices that skyrocket when global prices rise sharply. You can control your agreements with vendors, but your business cannot control the weather, political... (View Full Article)
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ASTM D 2000 uses letters and numbers to describe or "call out" the properties of vulcanized rubber. Type and Class are the most important call outs to consider. In the language of rubber, think of... (View Full Article)
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Faulty or leaky door seals make it harder for refrigerators and freezers to keep contents cold. Motors work overtime, running continuously and increasing energy usage and wear. Increased costs aren't... (View Full Article)
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Additives and pigments are important, but producing white rubber involves more than just mixing chemicals. Choosing a curing process and selecting rubber compounds are also important. Curing, or... (View Full Article)
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During seal selection, pipeline builders and technical buyers consider specifications such as temperature and pressure. Oilfield media is also important, and some compounds are better-suited for crude... (View Full Article)
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Every sealing challenge is different. Then there are custom components that must meet rigorous requirements for performance and safety. For the mass transit industry, rubber seals require technical... (View Full Article)
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All elastomers have a coefficient of thermal expansion. Simply put, this value describes how the material changes in length, area, or volume with changes in temperature. In the case of rubber door and... (View Full Article)
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Contractors and commercial builders know that door and window seals aren't as eye-catching as a fresh coat of paint or brand-new carpeting. For home buyers and facilities managers, however,... (View Full Article)
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Seal selection begins with choosing the right compound, hardness, and shape for your application. To ensure proper sealing, the force that's required to displace a profile depends upon a combination... (View Full Article)
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Amphibious assault vehicles are armored personnel carriers that transport troops and cargo from off-shore ships to in-land positions. During World War II, Allied forces used an amphibious landing... (View Full Article)
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Many factors affect the service temperature of elastomers. This chart is to be used as a guide only. Contact our technical department for specific requirements.... (View Full Article)
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Defense contractors design, develop and manufacture a wide range of military equipment, systems, and components. From tanks, trucks, planes and personnel carriers to unmanned systems and amphibious... (View Full Article)
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Based on ISO recommendation R1629 and ASTM D 1418... (View Full Article)
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IED attacks, landmines, and mortar fire aren't the only threats to military assets such as mine-resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles. The big diesel engines that power these armored fighting... (View Full Article)
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Let's compare water jet cutting with die cutting in terms of three factors: tooling costs, sizes and materials, and cut quality. By understanding your custom fabrication requirements and business... (View Full Article)
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Thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are a group of rubber-like materials that combine the processing strengths of thermoplastics with the best qualities of thermoset rubbers. As their name suggests,... (View Full Article)
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According to the National Association for Hose and Accessories Distribution (NAHAD), chemical compatibility describes the degree to which one material can contact another without an adverse change in... (View Full Article)
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How strong are solar panels? Would you stand on one and jump up and down? Would you park your car atop a solar array, or drive across photovoltaic cells at a high rate of speed? The exposed surfaces... (View Full Article)
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Did you know that there's a difference between foam rubber and sponge rubber? For technical buyers, choosing the right material is quite important. Let's take a look at how these polymers are made,... (View Full Article)
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Philippe Grenier Production Coordinator at Elasto Proxy Seal simulation can save your product designers time and money. Instead of creating a rubber part, testing it in the field, and then correcting... (View Full Article)
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Subway, bus, and railcar designers prefer lightweight rubber materials, but some combustion reactions can produce dangerous toxins. Reducing a vehicle's weight can help cut fuel consumption, but... (View Full Article)
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Green manufacturing isn't just about saving the planet. It's about sustaining long-term profitability. For product designers and technical buyers, deciding whether to use green rubber products means... (View Full Article)
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Rubber and plastic materials for marine applications must be able to withstand water, saltwater, wind, sunlight, temperature extremes, and other environmental conditions. Whether on the high seas or... (View Full Article)
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Have you heard the old saying, "It's just like riding a bike"? Some skills, once learned, are not forgotten. Without the right rubber parts, however, even the best bicycle can't carry you along roads... (View Full Article)
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How safe are the sidewalks in your city? If you're concerned about cracked cement at your feet, you may want to look skyward instead. No, don't look at the clouds. Instead, examine the windows on the... (View Full Article)