Your 10 point checklist to help identify the best rubber solution for your requirements

Author: CC

Mar. 07, 2024

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Based on our experience gathered since 1984, we have produced this 10 Point Checklist of considerations and the information required, to help us help you.

We often find that our customers do not always give us the complete specification for the rubber for the particular purpose it is required. It should always be borne in mind that we have many different natural and special synthetic rubber compounds listed and available for use.

From the information we receive about any particular product, we have to select the correct quality. In many cases there are only shades of difference between which can ensure a final product being either the correct one for the job or one which only gives reasonably satisfactory service.

There are, of course a number of occasions when the bare mention of the type of product will indicate the exact quality due to our long experience of manufacturing that particular type of product for that particular type of Industry.

A further reason for asking you to consider all of the following items of information is that it is surprising how often one small yet relevant fact can be left out of the general working conditions applicable to a particular rubber product. That small fact may seem unimportant to you but quite often it can be crucial to us when selecting the correct quality.

  1. The Para rubber tree, as some call it, is great for carbon sequestration in the atmosphere!

  2. Its first documented use was by the Olmecs, who boiled the latex which came from the tree to form a ball which they used in their game which was similar to modern-day football and basketball.

  3. An explorer by the name of Henry Wickham brought rubber tree seeds overseas to be planted in England, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia

  4. Southeast Asian countries are now the more-dominant producers of natural rubber

  5. During World War II, when Japan was occupying rubber three plantations in Southeast Asia, and restricting the exportation of rubber, other countries began researching the creation of an artificial rubber which could be used on the tires of the many vehicles that were being produced during wartime.

  6. Perhaps an obvious fact, rubber is elastic, meaning that it can stretch and then return to its original shape.

  7. Rubber is a polymer of isoprene. A polymer is a chain-like strand of repeating molecules, and its chemical makeup is as such: CH2=C(CH3)CH=CH2

  8. Rubber can be vulcanized, meaning that sulfur can be used to strengthen the bonds between the individual molecules of the polymer, thus strengthening the material and making it more resistant to abrasion and wear. Many industries using rubber wholesale and in large quantities are produced using this process.

  9. The first synthetic rubber which was suitable for tires was made from a combination of the compounds styrene and butadiene, synthesized at I.G. Farben in the Soviet Union, called styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR).

  10. The majority of rubber produced today is synthetic.

  11. There are many different types of synthetic rubber, each with slightly different characteristics, such as silicone, neoprene, nitrile, and EPDM rubber.

  12. Rubber, mostly from discarded tires, can also be recycled and made into new products, whether it is in the form of large rolls or flexible rubber parts.

  13. As a resource, recycled rubber is magnificent—there are over 250 million tires that are discarded yearly.

  14. Recycling rubber can even produce new forms of fuel that are comparable to petroleum-based fuels and coal.

  15. Recycled rubber is friendly to the environment: as a substance, it is safe; it keeps tires out of landfills, and is made with the environment in mind.

  16. Rubber can be molded into unique products or pressed to create sheets that work well for many applications.

  17. Rubber is now found in the mixtures that are used for construction projects and the development of roadways.

  18. Rubber is even found in apparel, such as any clothing which uses elastic bands and in the soles of shoes which will provide protection

  19. Rubber is an excellent option for flooring in kitchens, gyms, factories, and many other commercial places. It protects against injury and fatigue. This is perhaps one of the first options you consider when you buy rubber products.

  20. Rubber is a great insulator.

  21. Sometimes, when rubber is artificially produced, it functions well as an adhesive or a protective coating.

  22. Rubber can be used as a seal for things such as car doors, car windows, refrigerator doors, and camera lenses. It prevents the leaking of gases and liquids.

  23. Some people have created entire homes using recycled rubber!

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