Custom Rubber Compounds for Gaskets
Having a wide variety of custom rubber compounds means that there are options when manufacturing gaskets. Understanding what each of these options are and the best ways to use them means that clients and engineers have flexibility in achieving the exact specifications that are required for each job.
As you can imagine, over time more and more molding materials have become available on the market that can be used in gasket manufacturing. Each of these have certain characteristics that can benefit or take away from your project. Selecting just the right material for your gasket requires some experience and working with a gasket engineering team that has expertise in material selection.
One of the most common rubber compounds for gaskets is neoprene, also known as chloroprene or CR. CR is widely used in a variety of industries because of its versatility. Generally found as a black rubber used in challenging environments, it does not react to petroleum products or oils. Additionally, CR or neoprene is an excellent choice for gaskets that will have any type of exposure to UV rays, water and weather. Over time, users see that neoprene can flex over and over again, displaying very little wear. It is used in virtually every industry.
Another commonly used rubber compound for gaskets is natural rubber. Natural rubber gaskets have specific benefits and generally come in either tan or black after the manufacturing process. There is also a red rubber for the most rigorous applications. One benefit of natural rubber gaskets is that they can include a pressure sensitive backing that has adhesive added to it for easy installation.
Are you looking for a compound to use for your next gasket project? There are a wide variety of materials available including neoprene and natural rubber. Call Gasko today to speak with one of our engineering staff on your specifications and our rapid prototyping service. We can help you choose the right material for your design and your budget. Call today!