Our Rubber Development Process

Our Capabilities

Our Design Process

At DLR Elastomer Engineering, we work in close collaboration with clients to understand their needs. We support all stages of your project, from initial design & material selection, through to prototype testing, manufacturing & production.

When it comes to the rubber development stage, DLR aims to imprint their engineering and materials science knowledge and expertise on every rubber production solution. The end goal is to present the client with a component that matches the client’s exact demands, however challenging they might be. Our ‘Design to Manufacture’ concept ensures we can source, fabricate and produce parts that not only meet your requirements but exceed them.

Materials science, tooling and process technology come together during the rubber development stage to produce the component. Modifications to the materials, tooling and process can now be made to optimise all elements of the made-up part. 

These sample products are then tested by DLR and the clients, who can do so in the application itself, to ensure their functional requirements are met. This iterative process ensures client satisfaction with all of our rubber production projects, whether it is rubber moulding or polyurethane casting.

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Rubber Development Process FAQs

CAN METAL SURFACES OR OTHER SUBSTRATES BE COVERED IN RUBBER?

In short, the answer is yes. There are a few techniques that rubber moulding companies employ.

A suitable rubber solution, usually solvent based, can be used to coat rubber onto metals. The polymer design is dipped and then vulcanised. Depending on the amount of rubber required, an over moulding may offer a better solution.

On metal parts, rubber can act as a barrier to heat and chemicals. Rubber insulates and offers a warmer surface to hold onto and provide grip or friction for leverage.

WHAT TEMPERATURE CAN RUBBER WITHSTAND?

Rubber can be used in applications that cover a temperature range of 380°C. This covers use at temperatures as low as -80°C and up to 300°C! Some parts can be used at elevated temperatures and in the presence of gases, liquids and solids.

Exposing rubber parts to aggressive environments, in combination with high temperatures, presents its own challenges. The vast majority of rubber applications are well below the 150°C mark. Most are at ambient temperatures, with regular exposure to the elements, e.g. car tyres and car door seals.

Industrial and domestic applications are generally indoors and exposed to various corrosive and non-corrosive media. Typical rubber injection moulding applications include washing machine door seals, rollers in printers and copiers, and parts in water fittings such as domestic heating and bath fittings.

Design

Informed by decades of experience in materials technology, our polymer design engineers generate effective and efficient solutions.

Manufacture

Through many years of research and development, our design processes have been streamlined to result in the successful and economical rubber manufacturing services for which we are well known.

Get in touch

If you want to learn more about our products and services, or looking for advice, our team are happy to help you. Send us your enquiry using the form below, or email us by contacting technical@elastomer.co.uk

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