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 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.
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There are four main reasons rubber has wider tolerance ranges than other materials, such as plastics.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
In its native regions of Central American and South America, rubber has been collected for a long time. Mesoamerican people (which include Aztecs, Olmecs, and Mayans) were making rubber over 3,000 years ago. By mixing milky-white sap, known as latex, from Rubber tress with juices from morning glory vines, they formed a solid that was unexpectedly, rather sturdy. Civilizations used rubber for balls, containers, strips to hold stone and metal tools, and even understood the use for water-resistant clothing.
Many applications require unique physical property requirements in order to work. In applications requiring good elongation and recovery, natural rubber latex is usually the best choice. However, in many markets, especially those associated with the medical market, natural rubber latex is not the material of choice. The Hygenic Corporation has developed an unique synthetic polyisoprene sheeting that mimics the properties of natural rubber in a synthetic polymer.