Six steps to ensuring bond strength in rubber to metal bonding

Posted by flexan
07/31/18 01:19 PM
Rubber in its many forms has the ability to bond to metals of all kinds. In fact, bonded rubber is stronger than in its original state, which may be why manufacturers in many industries rely on rubber to metal bonding for their components. Rubber not only produces a very strong bond on metal, but it also can be used to combine several parts into a single assembly. By taking six steps, beginning with part design and ending with testing, the rubber molder and the manufacturer can ensure the bond is strong enough for the application and its operating environment. 1. Evaluate the part design and geometry for manufacturability. With any new project, DFM is the first step. The manufacturer typically...
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Growing demand for home care medical devices requires miniaturized molded rubber parts

Posted by flexan
07/31/18 12:05 PM
Powerful trends are converging to make medical devices smaller, more efficient and in greater demand. The population is aging, insurers and providers are looking to reduce the cost of care, and more health care is being delivered at home. As a result, manufacturers are miniaturizing medical devices to make them portable and even wearable. In turn, manufacturers are requiring custom molded rubber parts that will perform reliably in the smallest devices. As a result, the engineering of a tiny molded rubber part is becoming more complex and calls for specialized capabilities from rubber molders. Applications for Molded Rubber Parts in Home Care Devices Providing care at home not only reduces the overall cost of care, but also keeps patients more...
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Temperature Extremes for Molded Rubber Applications

Posted by flexan
07/30/18 03:21 PM
From the blazing heat of the deserts, where temperatures exceed +115F, to the frigid polar ice caps, where lows dip to –80F, molded rubber applications have to perform regardless of the weather. Even greater temperature extremes are found in the operating environments of vehicles with internal combustion engines, which contain molded rubber parts – from automobiles and heavy trucks to oil rigs, ships, and even aerospace vehicles. Not all materials can take the heat and the cold of such harsh environments. As a result, rubber materials must be selected and compounded to meet the operating demands of each molded rubber application to ensure flexibility and durability. Temperature ranges for rubber families Rubber materials are generally categorized into five families: General...
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Four Critical Operations in Custom Rubber Molding for Miniature Pneumatics Applications

Posted by flexan
07/30/18 03:19 PM
Miniature pneumatic parts made from custom rubber molding are powering a growing number of new medical devices, laboratory equipment and other devices that employ fluid power in small packages. These important components are responsible for controlling the flow and pressure of air and gases in such uses as ventilators, oxygen compressors and gas detectors. Rubber molding is often used to create seals and valves in miniature pneumatic parts that are required to function well in challenging environments, time after time. For custom rubber molding of miniature pneumatics parts, success depends upon four operations: Material selection and custom compounding Precision tooling for tight tolerances Finishing and cleaning operations Inspection and quality control Miniature pneumatic applications using custom rubber molding are growing...
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Military Equipment Demands Quality in Every Molded Rubber Part

Posted by flexan
07/30/18 03:01 PM
For mission-critical military vehicles and armaments, every molded rubber part must be absolutely reliable, functioning time after time in life-and-death situations. Manufacturers of military equipment and their suppliers need to work closely to develop parts that can stand up to the harshest operating environments while meeting U.S. and international regulations for quality. A Salute to America’s Veterans As an American-owned company, Flexan has been a proud supplier of custom molded rubber parts for military applications since our founding shortly after World War II. We salute the men and women who have served our country through the armed forces on Veterans Day, and we pledge to deliver the highest quality molded rubber components for modern military requirements, every day, with every...
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