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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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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