Foam rubber sheet and sponge rubber sheet are two distinct materials that are often confused with each other. Both foam and sponge sheets are rubbery materials composed of elastomers, and synthetic polymers with elastic properties. More than elasticity, however, elastomers are deformable as well. In other words, they can be compressed, bent, or stretched, and… Read more »
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Different types of rubber grommets are commonly used in various applications to protect, isolate, seal, dampen, cushion, or secure items that pass through a hole or opening, or contact each other. A small, yet essential component, grommets are typically made from a variety of rubber materials. Silicone grommets or neoprene grommets, for example, are different… Read more »
Reelcraft cord reel products make your cords last longer, saving you time and money and preventing safety risks. From hand-cranked reels to spring-driven and motor-driven reels, no matter your industry or application, using Reelcraft products can extend the lifespan of your cords while benefiting your business. In this blog, we’ll cover nine ways Reelcraft reels… Read more »
O-ring failure can be damaging, expensive, and even deadly if someone gets injured by malfunctioning equipment. Fortunately, o-ring failure causes are well-known and can be prevented. In this blog, we’ll cover how to troubleshoot and prevent five of the most common causes of o-ring failure.
Navigating to find the perfect heavy-duty hose reel for your commercial or industrial needs can be daunting. Understanding the intricacies of these vital tools doesn’t have to be an uphill battle. We’ve broken down everything you need to know about selecting the right size hose reel to enhance your operations’ efficiency, durability, and convenience.
In What Industries Is Silicone Rubber Used? Silicone rubber is used in a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical, and consumer products. The material has excellent thermal and electrical properties as well as good resistance to extreme temperatures. It also exhibits very low gas permeability, making it ideal for applications requiring insulation or… Read more »
Perhaps the most famous O-ring failure in history is that of the Challenger space shuttle, which ended the lives of seven NASA astronauts in January 1986. In the shuttle’s right rocket booster, a seal failed at the aft field joint that led to the spacecraft exploding. It was later found that the O-ring didn’t have… Read more »
In the mid-1990s, as craft beers began to take over an increasing proportion of the US beer market, a giant Colorado brewer developed a novel advertising campaign. Developed in 1989 by the Adolph Coors Company as a light lager, the Keystone Light ad campaign attacked “bitter beers” and promoted Keystone Light as capable of getting… Read more »
Rubbers used in manufacturing medical-grade o-rings, tubing, seals, and like parts found in medical applications and devices are subject to different quality standards than rubbers used in other industries. Though rubber is a natural product, most rubbers on the market today are made of different elastomers, and synthetic polymers with elastic properties. Food-grade and medical-grade… Read more »
EPDM chemical compatibility with fluids is critical for achieving reliable, long-lasting performance in any sealing application. The material’s chemical compatibility and other unique resistance properties make EPDM well-suited for a wide range of industrial products. The high-density synthetic rubber, or elastomer, is composed of three monomers—ethylene, propylene, and a small percentage of diene—from its name—EPDM… Read more »