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Understanding the Limitations of Natural Rubber in Product Design

03-20-2017

How much do you know about the material limitations of natural rubber in product design? Most product designers and engineers are well aware of the advantages of natural rubber – high elasticity, high tensile strength, excellent compression set, high stretch recovery, good resistance to alcohols, ketones, and organic acids. These properties make natural rubber an optimal material for a variety of applications that require repeated stretch and recovery or compression and recovery. Natural rubber is a versatile material but there are applications where it is not the optimal material. Product designers will often focus on all of the advantages of natural rubber and forget to take into account the limitations of this natural material. It’s important to have an understanding of the advantages and limitations of natural rubber early in the design process before costly errors are made.

How to Measure Rubber Tubing

02-02-2017

There are three main measurements that matter when specifying rubber tubing dimensions– inner diameter (ID), outer diameter (OD), and wall thickness (WT). When you are ordering or requesting a rubber tube to be manufactured, you will need to know at least two out of the three dimensions.

The Art of Rubber Compounding

11-11-2016

Many people consider rubber compounding both an art and a science because the base polymer is highly customizable, which means there are thousands of possible formulations. Here is a simple, high-level overview of compounding.

Product Stewardship at The Hygenic Corporation

10-31-2016

Product Stewardship has become an integral part of our process for creating new products and for reviewing all of the products already in our portfolio. We strive to provide products that are safe for our customers and the environment.

The Truth About Latex Allergies

06-28-2016

Learn about latex allergies and what may cause them.

Four Reasons Why Rubber Tolerance Ranges Are Wider

05-06-2016

There are four main reasons rubber has wider tolerance ranges than other materials, such as plastics.

Innovative Tourniquet Helps Save Lives

04-18-2016

A former Special Operations Force (SOF) Medic set out to develop a tourniquet that could help both medical and non-medical people save lives and limbs. Read more about his story.

How Rubber Sheeting Rescued Bakeries from a Sticky Situation

03-07-2016

In many manufacturing industries, there are problems that arise between the interaction of the product being made and the machinery being used. Bakeries needed to find a solution that would keep their dough from sticking to the cutters.

Choosing Elastomers for Sheeting and Film Applications

02-08-2016

Learn about the various properties of sheeting and film from Hygenic Corporation. The materials used to manufacture the film and sheeting - thermoplastic elastomer, natural rubber, or synthetic rubber - will be decided on the desired properties for the end product.

A Bird's Eye View of Elastomers

01-19-2016

Did you know that Christopher Columbus was probably the first European to see natural rubber? He found the natives of the Amazon Valley playing with bouncing balls during his second voyage in the 1490’s. It wasn’t until 1770 that John Priestly coined the term “rubber”.