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Selecting the right sort of rubber for your application

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Selecting the right rubber material for your application involves asking and answering a series of questions. For example, do you need a rubber compound that is resistant to high temperatures? Do you need a specialty elastomer that meets FDA requirements or that provides electrical insulation? Other considerations when choosing the right rubber compound include whether the product functions as a seal or transmits fluids, or if it absorbs vibration or dampens sound.

VR Trade can supply numerous rubber materials and can help you source the right elastomer for your application. Every application is different, but understanding the basics of rubber selection is always important.

Both the type of material to which they are exposed – for example, acids, bases and oils – and the length of this exposure affect the robustness of gaskets. Other custom rubber products require an elastomer with outstanding dielectric strength. Tensile strength, hardness (durometer), compression set, elongation at break, and minimum and maximum service temperatures are also important properties to consider.

We have developed a guide to help you select the right rubber grade for your application. Our sales staff is of course always at your service to assist in selecting the right elastomer.

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