On the surface, industrial rubber and plastics aren’t the most attention-getting of topics. Our relationships with rubber are typically limited to our interactions with it in the course of our daily lives. Because these interactions are neither numerous nor particularly noteworthy, it’s rare to come across someone who has a particularly loud or well-informed opinion of rubber, industrial rubber, or its manufacture.
However, there is an incredibly fascinating side to the manufacture of rubber and the wide range of often unnoticed applications to which it lends itself. Industrial Rubber is an essential material in the facilitation of numerous processes, the outcomes of which we take for granted. Seals are one of the most prevalent applications for industrial rubber. Seals are, on the whole, quite simple pieces of equipment that help ensure that the equipment is water or airtight as needed. In a variety of sectors, achieving a tight and durable seal is critical.
For example, rubber seals are required in the food and beverage business for dosing equipment, filling machines, and the canning process. Rubber seals play a significant role in wastewater treatment, both in hydraulic systems and in preventing leakage at pipe joins, which is especially critical when the sewage is involved! Test tube stoppers and large diameter seals for production are two of the many seal’s applications in the steel and heavy industries.
Rubber is utilized for goods used directly by the end-user and the more evident usage in the fabrication of industrial seals. Rubber can be found in a variety of places around the house, from walking stick ferrules to rubber foot pedals and doorstops. Rubber is also widely used in the construction of automobiles; with mats and pedals in the cabin wells, engine seals, and all instances of rubber foam throughout the vehicle is just a few examples.