Andy Sharpe

Andy Sharpe
Engineering Technician

Supporting customers since 2002

Self-help guides to materials, tolerances, and industry terms.

At Martin’s Rubber Company, we provide consultancy and expert advice on non-standard projects to meet your unique requirements. However, there are many materials already available as standard that will do exactly what you need. To assist you in finding the right material, we offer a comprehensive chemical compatibility chart below, along with a helpful glossary of terms as a valuable reference guide. We encourage you to explore these resources to discover suitable options for your specific applications, with information such as material tolerances.

If you cannot find what you need here, or have a complex set of requirements that don’t appear to be covered by one material option, please get in touch.

A-Z Glossary

This is an invaluable resource, providing a comprehensive compilation of essential terms, definitions, and technical explanations related to rubber materials and their applications. Our user-friendly glossary enhances understanding and aids in making informed decisions when selecting the appropriate materials for specific projects or wanting to learn more about the rubber moulding process.

Chemical compatibility

This guide offers a detailed chart showcasing the compatibility of different rubber compounds with a wide range of chemicals and substances. This will allow you to identify the most appropriate rubber material that will withstand exposure to specific chemicals, ensuring optimal performance and durability. We would always recommend that you speak to us before making a final selection or if you are unsure about the material best suited to your application, but this acts as a good initial guide.

Material properties

This table provides extensive information about differing material properties to allow you to make informed choices about material tolerances and other factors. This table offers a detailed breakdown of the key properties of each rubber material we offer, including tensile strength, hardness, temperature resistance, chemical compatibility, and more.

Rubber tolerances

The rubber tolerances chart provides essential information on the acceptable variations in dimensions and other critical parameters for each rubber material we offer. We work within the rubber tolerances standard, but if we don’t know in advance that a particular aspect of a part is critical, we may not factor that into the design or the processes. Collaboration to establish an agreed standard is key.

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