When it comes to manufacturing a successful rubber extrusion — whether for mass transit, construction, or appliance application — materials matter. All rubber compounds are unique, and understanding their properties can help you determine which one will be best suited to your project. Here at Elbex, our wide range of materials and expert knowledge will ensure you use the right materials for your needs.
Our Available Elastomers
At Elbex, we work with a wide variety of elastomers, including silicone rubber, EPDM, polyisoprene, neoprene, nitrile, butyl, SBR, and natural rubber. Additional materials such as urethane, polyethylene, and PVC are also available upon request. This broad range of elastomers enables us to produce quality extrusions for many unique applications.
Understanding Which Material Is Best
One of the most important considerations when choosing a rubber compound is its durometer number, which measures its hardness. Softer elastomers are more flexible and create a strong seal on rough surfaces, while harder rubber offers better abrasion resistance. Other considerations when choosing a material include its temperature requirements, potential chemical exposure, and whether it will be used indoors or outdoors. Our technical information guide provides detailed information for these and other key metrics.
No two projects are exactly alike — the material that is best for one application could be poorly suited for another. By evaluating the operating conditions of your application and the properties of different materials, you can make an appropriate selection. Of course, our expert team is also available to help in the manufacture of custom extrusions. Contact us today to get started.