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Rubber Replacement

The aim of using plastics as rubber replacement is to achieve a maximum weight saving in individual components or parts by means of the design, the material selection or the method of production. By focusing on key concepts such as TPE, TPO, TPV elastomer, SBS, SEBS... this Channel aims to provide engineers and designers with technical solutions to replace rubber with plastics. Subscribe Now!

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Mar 1, 2010 | Article

New Emerging Rubber Replacement Materials & Technologies

Natural rubbers have always been formulator’s first choice. However, one factor which is affecting the production of natural rubber is nothing but the climate change. This leads to fall in the...

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Feb 1, 2010 | Article

Global Markets for Rubber Replacement Materials

In Part 2 of this article on rubber replacement, we explored the current materials available that are being used as a replacement for rubber. In this third part, we will briefly review the various...

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Dec 14, 2009 | Article

Current Rubber Replacement Materials

In Part 1 of this article on rubber replacement, we explored the history behind the development of synthetic rubbers, which replaced natural rubber. This was because of the unavailability of natural...

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Nov 3, 2009 | Article

PolyOne Interview: Initiative Towards Sustainable Solutions from a Leading Compounder

PolyOne Corporation introduced its OnFlex™ BIO Series Compounds based on natural renewable sources on October 2008. This renewable material utilizes Merquinsa's Pearlthane® ECO TPU technology...

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Oct 26, 2009 | Article

Historical Background of Rubber Replacement

A good deal of interest is being taken in the theme of Rubber Replacement. Before studying this subject in detail, it is necessary to define exactly what is meant by Rubber Replacement. This is not...

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Jun 18, 2009 | Article

Smith Optics Interview: Initiative Towards Sustainable Solutions from a Sporting Goods Leader

Smith Optics is a leading OEM in sunglasses, goggles and helmets. Smith Optics launched a new product line named Evolve, aiming at offering more sustainable solutions to the sports market. The...

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Mar 18, 2009 | Article

Stay Tuned to Biobased TPE Advances

Biobased Plastics are expected to increasingly emerge in a variety of engineered applications. Industrial experts project that by 2011, demand for biobased durable goods will account for almost 40%...

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Feb 16, 2009 | Article

What Process Do I Use For My TPE Part?

The widespread use of thermplastic elastomers, TPEs, commerically as the material of choice for elastomeric parts has made their adoption a common focus for those developing new parts. It is common...

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Feb 10, 2009 | Article

Factors Affecting Performance in Rubber Replacement Applications

Where an elastomeric or flexible material is needed for an application, a TPE is always a potential for consideration. TPEs have advantages over conventional thermoset rubbers including reduced...

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Jan 5, 2009 | Article

Choosing the Best Process for My TPE Part Key to Economic Success

The use of thermoplastic elastomers, TPEs, has grown to become a common material of choice for elastomeric parts. The traditional material has been thermoset rubber. But TPEs have been replacing...

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