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What Causes Rubber to Deteriorate?

Wednesday June 5, 2024

Rubber is an amazing material: strong yet soft, pliable and tough, able to stretch and shrink. Like most materials, both natural and synthetic rubber deteriorates over time, caused by exposure to environmental factors like heat, UV radiation, and ozone, as well as contact with fluids such as oil and fuel. This deterioration can degrade the… Continue reading What Causes Rubber to Deteriorate?

Why Is a Continuous Rubber Curing Line Important?

Monday May 6, 2024

Why is a continuous rubber curing line important? The simple answer is that it helps lower your component costs, speeds up deliveries, and provides consistent quality. First, let’s explore what continuous curing is. Curing, or vulcanization, is a process that was discovered almost 200 years ago that changes the physical and chemical properties of rubber.… Continue reading Why Is a Continuous Rubber Curing Line Important?

The Most Common Sponge Rubber Types for Gaskets and Seals

Thursday April 11, 2024

Your project needs a gasket, but what type of material should you choose? There’s a lot that goes into answering that question, such as: the type of environment in which it will be used, the kinds of materials it will be exposed to, and the temperatures it will encounter. Once those specifications have been determined,… Continue reading The Most Common Sponge Rubber Types for Gaskets and Seals

Vibration Damping: What Is It and What Rubber Is Best for It?

Sunday March 3, 2024

Sometimes in products, or in industrial applications, vibration is an issue that requires a solution. In our business, we create solutions called vibration damping, and we do it with extruded rubber components. In fact, when vibration is an issue, the right rubber formulation can make all the difference. But first, let’s get back to basics.… Continue reading Vibration Damping: What Is It and What Rubber Is Best for It?

5 Manufacturing Trends to Watch For in 2024

Tuesday February 13, 2024

Manufacturing is always evolving because manufacturers are constantly pushing the limits of technology, refining their processes, identifying new efficiencies, improving productivity, and solving challenges.  In the wake of a global pandemic that stressed global supply chains, decreased productivity, created workforce upheaval, and saw materials costs rise dramatically, manufacturers are embracing new ways of doing business.… Continue reading 5 Manufacturing Trends to Watch For in 2024

All About Sponge Rubber

Tuesday August 29, 2023

Sponge rubber is a very versatile material and one that Sperry & Rice has a great deal of experience formulating and extruding. This post is meant to explain more about sponge rubber, its benefits, different varieties, applications, and industries it is used in. Sponge rubber can be formulated as open cell or closed cell, but… Continue reading All About Sponge Rubber

Inside the Culture at Sperry & Rice

Monday February 13, 2023

The culture at Sperry & Rice is focused on three main aspects: people, training, and the community. Let’s look at all three, one by one. People Focused Without people, Sperry & Rice is just machines and materials – we need trained, enthusiastic people to take raw, unfinished materials and turn them into finished high-quality rubber… Continue reading Inside the Culture at Sperry & Rice

Rubber Industry Trends to Focus on in 2023

Wednesday January 11, 2023

As we enter January, it’s time to think about 2023 and peer into our rubber industry crystal ball. Of course, it’s nearly impossible to accurately predict exactly what will happen this year, but we’ve been doing this a long time, and we’re confident that 2023 will be a year of change for the rubber industry.… Continue reading Rubber Industry Trends to Focus on in 2023

3 Takeaways from 2022 from Sperry & Rice

Thursday December 15, 2022

It’s that time of year when we look back on the old year and look forward to a new one. While 2022 had its challenges, it was certainly better than the previous couple of years! Takeaway #1 – Our customers are very understanding International supply chains have been a mess since the pandemic started more… Continue reading 3 Takeaways from 2022 from Sperry & Rice

What’s the Difference Between EPDM and Neoprene?

Tuesday November 29, 2022

It’s a common question: What is the difference between EPDM and neoprene? Is one better than the other? Which one should I use? The answer is, “it depends.” Let’s start with the similarities. Both EPDM and neoprene are synthetic rubbers that are commonly used in conveyor belts, gaskets, hoses and outdoor applications. Both EPDM and… Continue reading What’s the Difference Between EPDM and Neoprene?

Helping start the next generation of engineers in Northeast Ohio

Monday October 24, 2022

Sperry & Rice is passionate about developing advanced rubber engineering solutions and manufacturing processes as well as providing personal and professional development for our employees. We are also committed to offering hands-on engineering co-ops to students from the University of Akron College of Engineering and Polymer Science because we believe it is vital to train,… Continue reading Helping start the next generation of engineers in Northeast Ohio

(Almost) Everything You Need to Know About Synthetic Rubber

Monday June 27, 2022

Sperry & Rice has been in the rubber business since the 1940s and we might be a bit biased, but we believe that rubber is one of the most important substances on earth. Consider everything rubber is used for: protective gloves, balloons, roofing membranes, pencil erasers, wetsuits, etc…

5 Advantages of Using a Domestic Supplier

Monday May 23, 2022

Why do brands and businesses source components and products internationally? Historically, the choice has been based on perceived lower costs. But in today’s economic environment, when costs outside the actual component price are factored in, international sourcing no longer provides as large a cost savings as it has in the past.

How to Get a Quote from Sperry & Rice

Monday April 25, 2022

At Sperry & Rice, we don’t stock rubber parts. Instead, each part is custom-designed to fit our customer’s requirements and specifications. Let’s run through our quoting process and what we need in order to provide you with the most accurate quote possible.

Economic Impacts of the Supply Chain in 2022

Thursday March 31, 2022

2021 was the year of shortages. Vaccine shortages at the start of the year gave way to growing fears over shortages in turkeys, technology, raw materials, and electronics. While some shortages resolved quickly, others appear to be hanging on.

The Shipping Struggle is Real – Is it Time to Switch to Domestic Suppliers?

Thursday October 28, 2021

The headlines are everywhere and increasing in number. “Supply Chain Ready to Break,” “Global Supply Chains are Falling out of Fashion,” and “Cargo Ships Stuck Offshore for 16 Days.”

Rubber for Engineers

Wednesday January 16, 2019

Rubber occurs more often than other materials as it offers lower cost, greater elegance and higher flexibility over other alternatives.

Getting a Quote for Rubber

Monday January 7, 2019

Many purchasing professionals out there are unaware of essential component information that a rubber manufacturer needs for quoting in their rubber project.

Why Synthetic Rubber Has Unique Significance in Various Industries Today

Wednesday November 21, 2018

In this blog, we will discuss the importance of synthetic rubber and why is it considered irreplaceable in various industries.

The Extent of Rubber Usage in the Transportation Industry

Tuesday November 13, 2018

Owing to the countless unique properties that rubber has, it is one of the most important elements in the manufacturing of automobiles, airplanes, and trains.

Maintaining Your HVAC Systems

Friday September 28, 2018

While it is important to never meddle with your HVAC system too much, maintaining it is an important responsibility as an owner.

Custom Extrusions: Plastic and Rubber

Wednesday September 19, 2018

The principle difference between plastic and rubber is that plastic can be melted and reused. On the other hand, rubber once in its form remains solid.

Insulation Tools Used By Different Industries

Friday September 7, 2018

An amazing fact is that most rubber products are widely known for their ability to absorb and disperse force.

Rubber Use in HVAC Companies

Friday August 31, 2018

Sperry and Rice LLC has been a vital partner to HVAC service providers and appliance manufacturers for many years.

Natural Rubber: The Journey

Wednesday August 22, 2018

Natural Rubber is extracted from the sap of trees, specific trees that are found now in places such as Kerala and Sri Lanka where coconuts are in abundance.

How Is Rubber Eco Friendly?

Friday August 3, 2018

Unexpected environmentally friendly rubber products like recycled rubber sheets are now available quite inexpensively than petroleum-based elastomers.

Synthetic Rubber: Where the Journey Began

Wednesday July 25, 2018

Developing synthetic rubber for eclectic use provided the opportunity to give the material specific desirable properties which could be embedded in the material.

Rubber and Plastic Fabrication: Save Production Costs by Choosing the Right Manufacturer

Wednesday July 18, 2018

It will always take the right manufacturing partner and solution with the perfect blend of materials to help you take care of a technically complex production cycle to streamline.

Where Innovation Meets Design

Friday July 6, 2018

Unique to the industry, a company raises the bar on quality by controlling the manufacturing process from start to finish every few intervals, which mainly is a practice that enables the company to better control efficiency as well as quality above all things.

Working on Personalized Customer Specific Automation Solutions for a Competitive, Global Industry

Wednesday June 27, 2018

Impressive advancements in plastics and rubber technology have created a new set of industries as well as creating a new stream for new profit gaining opportunities.

Quality Rubber: How and Why the Quality Can Make or Break Your Business

Wednesday June 13, 2018

The importance of high quality natural or synthetic rubber is often undermined. The use of rubber in different industries is so crucial that if we remove it from the picture, many industrial processes would come to a screeching halt, as the factories come to a standstill.

The Importance of Quality Rubber Insulation for HVAC Industries

Friday June 1, 2018

Thanks to the HVAC industry, living comfortably in harsh climatic condition has become possible. We can live in the middle of the deserts with extremely high temperatures and scorching heat without breaking a sweat. We could also be living in subzero temperatures roaming around our house in shorts and tee-shirts not feeling the extreme temperature around us.

Why Rubber Extrusions are Better than Molds

Wednesday May 30, 2018

Rubber is a versatile material that has plenty of applications across a number of industries. And it is up to the manufacturers to come up with best quality that adds value to the processes of these concerns. The way they process and produce rubber makes all the difference.

The Numerous Uses of Rubber Seals and the Benefits of Using Them

Wednesday May 23, 2018

Rubber, over the years has contributed to various industries. It has led these industries to innovation and advancements, has provided finesse in production, and has met unmatched levels of satisfying the evolving customer expectations and demands.

The Importance of Synthetic Rubber in Today’s World

Friday May 18, 2018

Our modern society is heavily dependent on the use of rubber – both natural and synthetic.


Monday March 26, 2018

A very basic definition of a thermoplastic substance is one which becomes plastic when heated to a certain temperature and then hardens upon cooling. An important characteristic of such a material is that it does not stay hard once cooled.

Compression Molding

Monday March 19, 2018

The process used to mold materials such as preheated polymers, by placing them into a heated, open mold cavity is known as compression molding. This process allows production of parts that are of different complexities, thicknesses and lengths.

Understanding the Different Types of Synthetic Rubber

Friday February 16, 2018

Rubber, while in its original form, is literally useless. It is only in large chemical plants where different kinds of chemicals are added with various minerals like gas and petroleum to make rubber a useful resource and form its derivatives.

Differentiating Between Foam Rubber and Sponge Rubber

Friday February 2, 2018

Did you know that the foam rubber and sponge rubber are quite different from each other? The two terms are often used interchangeably and unless you work in the rubber industry, the sponge used for cleaning the dishes may seem quite similar to the foam mattress pad. Both are squishy and soft, right?

More on Mandrel Forming

Friday September 8, 2017

Last month we took a closer look at the mandrel and how Sperry & Rice uses it for their mandrel formed hoses. This month we are digging a little deeper and bringing you behind the scenes to our production floor.

What is a mandrel?

Friday August 11, 2017

You have probably heard us mention that Sperry & Rice LLC specializes in mandrel formed hose and tube products. But you may be wondering…what is a mandrel?

Material Selection: Butyl

Friday July 28, 2017

Butyl is a brand of synthetic rubber used in extrusions at Sperry & Rice LLC. Like SBR, butyl rubber (IIR) was developed in 1937 to produce a substitute for supplies cut off by World War II.

Material Selection: Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR)?

Thursday June 1, 2017

Styrene-butadiene rubber, also known as SBR, is a synthetic rubber made of styrene and butadiene. At Sperry & Rice LLC, we use SBR in our custom rubber components, extruded gaskets, and sponge rubber products.

ISO 9001

Monday November 14, 2016

The ISO 9000 family of standards, which includes ISO 9001, helps businesses in any number of industries to evaluate and improve upon quality management.

Modern Cars Wouldn’t Move Without Rubber

Tuesday August 30, 2016

When most people consider the construction of a car, no doubt the first material they think of is metal. Of course the exterior of the car is the most obvious element, and then immediately following is the engine—also metal. But while it may be less obvious, one of the most important materials found in every car on the road today is rubber.

Rubber in the Construction Industry

Friday April 15, 2016

A wide variety of material types is necessary to build a home or a commercial building. Even when the exterior leads an observer to believe that the building is composed of metal, wood, and brick, there are many other types of materials working hard to keep the structure standing and working as it should—including rubber.

What is AutoCAD?

Tuesday March 15, 2016

Produced by Autodesk, the “CAD” in AutoCAD stands for “computer aided design,” and is software that allows us to spot design flaws before production, saving time and money.

The Many Varieties of Plastic

Thursday December 17, 2015

Plastic may have a single moniker for common usage, but in truth, there are thousands of different types of plastics, each made up of slightly different components, and used for thousands of different applications.


Wednesday October 14, 2015

We are a manufacturing company that specializes in creating precision rubber and cellular parts for the appliance, automotive, transportation, construction, truck, and bus industries. If you are looking for innovative engineering solutions, advanced manufacturing processes, and high standards in quality control, Sperry & Rice Manufacturing Company can deliver.

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