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Choosing Elastomers for Sheeting and Film Applications


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. Read More

A Bird's Eye View of Elastomers


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”. Read More

History of 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. Read More

Unique Applications Require Unique Polymers


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. Read More

Commonly Used Rubber Terminology


Here is a list of commonly used rubber terms and their meaning. Many of these terms are used in our Technical Information section of our website where we list the typical physical properties of our various elastomeric formulations. Read More

Thermoset Rubbers On The Rebound White Paper


"Thermoset" can be defined as a petrochemical material that irreversibly cures. Thermoset materials are generally stronger than thermoplastic materials due to a three dimensional network of bonds or cross linking. This process provides some unique characteristics that other polymers just can't match. Read More

Hygenic Celebrates 90th Anniversary


2015 marks the 90th year that The Hygenic Corporation has been in business. Come with us on our year long celebration as we recap the innovations we have acheived. To begin, here is a brief video that provides some history about The Hygenic Corporation. Read More

Domino Effect in Rubber Tubing Design


A long standing Hygenic customer, using Hygenic natural rubber tubing as part of their pumping system, began to notice discoloration of the water after use in their system. This discoloration caused user concerns about whether the apparatus was functioning properly. Read More

Focus on Tubing


Hygenic manufactures basically four different types of tubing, and each type of tubing has advantages depending on the application. We also can provide custom formulations in each category. These formulations are designed to help you solve a problem. Here are the four basic tubings we manufacture:... Read More

The Benefits of Early Supplier Engagement


Identifying unique solutions early in the development process introduces opportunities for both cost and time reductions.

As many organizations face increasing competition, the pressure to introduce innovative customer solutions also increases. This pressure creates an urgency to accelerate technical development, shorten product life cycles, reduce lead times and improve response times. Simply stated, heightened competition creates an increasingly compressed timeline for producing innovative products.... Read More