Yes, at Martin’s Rubber we look to create the most effective rubber solution to meet your project requirements, whatever they may be. It is important to remember that the customer remains responsible for warranting the effectiveness, safety and performance of any industrial rubber design or any alternative proposed by Martin’s Rubber, as well as the proving of samples or production parts in service.
The design stage of rubber and elastomeric components can vary from the creation or modification of 3D files to the provision of 2D drawings for parts, as well as Finite Element Analysis. Although we do not offer design services to generate original parts from scratch, we do work with customers to refine the design of their product.
The optimal approach is to involve our technical team from the very start of a project. This is important, as it prevents wasting design time or incorrect material selections. Customers have often approached us with high-cost products already in use that do not work. In such cases, we can reverse engineer a solution to help them solve their problem.
Yes, our staff have the technical expertise to help guide you on specific projects. Although we do not directly design rubber products ourselves, we can offer a consultation service to designers, where we make suggestions regarding:
Compression moulding can be used for large or intricate parts where a flat gasket would not be suitable. Compression moulding can offer a lower cost than other types of moulding processes, as the process does not require an injection or transfer cycle.
Compression moulding is also perfect for large parts that require a significant amount of material for manufacturing. The material can be directly loaded into the mould cavity so there is less limitation on the weight of part they can produce.
Some of the benefits that injection moulding offers include the fact that it can be used to produce very small parts, therefore it is perfect for both high-output production or fast production. You can also rest assured that injection moulding offers a good level of product consistency, so you can be sure your product will perform as expected. For further information about the benefits of injection moulding, simply follow the link.
General rubber information
Natural rubber is made from a liquid substance that oozes from some plants when you cut into them. This substance is called latex and it is commonly found in dandelions. For example, if you snap off a dandelion stem you will be able to see the latex dripping from the bottom. There are also several species of trees that produce rubber, including the Hevea Brasiliensis and those from the mulberry and fig families.
Vulcanised rubber was made reputedly by accident. Charles Goodyear dropped a sheet of fabric infused with rubber, sulphur and white lead onto a hot stove. Rather than melting, the fabric hardened into a permanent flexible state, and was far less affected by extreme heat than it had been. When placed in a steam oven under pressure, the combined rubber and sulphur cured to form a stable material that had good mechanical properties.
Talk to our technical specialists to discuss the design of your custom-made rubber product, by calling 023 8022 6330, or email us.