Quality Rubber: How and Why the Quality Can Make or Break Your Business
Sperry & Rice
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.
Rubber is not only crucial in the industries but also has an importance in our day-to-day life, even though we are not aware of it.
Some Important Properties of Rubber
Rubber has some important characteristics that make them ideal for different uses:
- Rubber is incredibly elastic, and its flexibility and the ability to stretch makes it a useful component.
- Rubber with some modification can be made as a strong material; it can withstand a lot of weight without deforming.
- Rubber is waterproof since it is not permeable to fluids. This property makes rubber an ideal material for several applications.
- Rubber is also an extremely durable material. It can withstand a lot of wear and tear and has a long useful time.
- Rubber can be extruded into different shapes.
- Natural rubber is an environmental-friendly material. It is a renewable resource.
These interesting combinations of properties make rubber an ideal material for many processes.
Uses of Rubber
Rubber is a versatile material that has several uses. It has a variety of uses, and if you look closely you will find rubber everywhere:
- Your car tires and all the tires as a matter of fact are made from rubber. This is the most common use of rubbers.
- Rubbers are used as a waterproof seal in many industrial and domestic machines.
- Rubber is used to make latex gloves that have become crucial in hygienic medical practice.
- Rubber is used to make a variety of hoses and pipes. And also used as coating on electrical wires due to their poor conductivity.
- Certain types of rubber is also used as adhesives.
The list can go on as rubber alongside plastic has so many applications and there can be so many variations of rubber. These different variations are achieved through the different chemical additives.
Synthetic Rubber or Natural Rubber
Both types of rubbers have their own use and application. Natural rubber is obtained from trees. Certain trees secrete special chemical called latex which is then processed to make rubber. While synthetic rubber is petroleum based and made through polymerization in a chemical lab.
Natural rubbers are tougher, i.e. they are more resistant to wear, but do not age well i.e., they start degrading over time. Natural rubber also doesn’t go well with certain chemicals.
Synthetic rubber, on the other hand, is more resistant to chemicals and does not degrade as much over time. It also retains structure at higher temperatures.
If you are looking for a company that excels in all things rubber, who have in depth knowledge of all the processes involved and give you best solution for your specific needs, you should get in touch with Sperry & Rice.