The usage of neoprene rubber is possible in a wide variety of applications, such as automotive fan belts, electrical insulation, orthopedic braces (for the knee and wrist), laptop sleeves, and more. Due to its incredible resistance to oil, tear, abrasion, and weather, it is a particular favorite material among manufacturers in the automotive industry; they use it to make steering and braking system components, shock absorber seals, hose covers, and more.
In this post, let us discuss in detail all the different ways of usage of neoprene rubber around the world. Also, we will discuss what makes it such an amazing investment for manufacturers.
Advantages of Neoprene Rubber
Polychloroprene, a compound that is more commonly known as neoprene rubber, is a type of synthetic rubber made by polymerizing chloroprene. When used for insulation and sealing, this material provides a number of benefits, including:
- Resistance to damage from flexing and twisting
- Resistance to temperature ranges between -35°C and +100°C
- Weather, ozone, and water resistance
- Resistance to oils, greases, and petroleum-based products
- Polymerization; possible to use to make several custom compounds with different material properties
In addition to great insulation properties, neoprene rubber has exceptional resistance against solvent damage and is extremely chemically stable. It can provide protection against abrasions and vibrations, add cushioning, and handle adhesives as well.
Different Applications of Neoprene Rubber
Neoprene rubber is used in countless industries across the globe, but the most common industries include:
- Food Equipment (FDA-Approved)
- Stainless Steel
- Healthcare and medical
- Mobile technology
Its usage also happens when it comes to making mass-produced reliable wetsuits, gasoline hoses, tire sidewalls, seals, tubing, cable jackets, and gaskets. You will also find it as a base resin in adhesives, coatings, and insulations in the electrical industry, thanks to its reasonable price and wide range of useful properties.
Customized For Your Unique Applications
Generally speaking, neoprene rubber is not expensive when it’s mass-produced as a standard elastomer. But some applications call for unique rubber solutions where specific certifications and approvals may be a requirement. Here are a few examples:
SMP 800C: This test measures the risk of toxic gas generation in a material. Neoprene rubber has high amount of chlorine which can be hazardous when heated up and breathed in. So, its customization must be such that it can pass this test. That goes especially for applications in the public transit industry such as trains, buses, and metros.
ASTM E162: This test estimates and compares the surface flammability of a substance when its exposure is to a set level of radiant heat. Neoprene rubber has low flammability.
UL 94: This test determines an elastomer’s tendency to either spread or extinguish a flame once ignited. It is designed specifically for plastic and rubber materials found in electrical enclosures and can be applied to customized neoprene rubber.
Choose High Quality Neoprene Rubber Products from Uniflex Inc.
At Uniflex Inc., we can design and manufacture custom-fabricated neoprene rubber products from sealing and insulation to gaskets and orthopedic braces. We specialize in molded and precision die cut neoprene rubber seals and gaskets for a wide range of applications and industries worldwide.
If you are looking for a supplier for which customer service and product quality come first, drop us a message here or call us at 248-486-6000.