Our Design Process
At DLRT, 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.
With the design and development processes cleared, the last stage is our rubber manufacturing process. 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.
Our range of presses provides flexibility, enabling us to choose the most appropriate method of curing from injection, transfer, compression moulding and rotocuring.
In order to evaluate performance and ensure successful trials to verify the design, DLR can quickly and easily produce parts for clients. For more information on our rubber manufacturing process, view our FAQs below.
Rubber Manufacturing FAQs
HOW ECO-FRIENDLY IS THE RUBBER MANUFACTURING PROCESS?
Natural rubber has the potential to be very environmentally friendly. However, the vulcanisation reaction means it has difficulty biodegrading. Synthetic elastomer manufacturers have been producing methane from sugar cane alcohol to reduce their reliance on crude oil and huge refining installations. The methane is then polymerised to produce the polymers, which are made into the rubber products we know and use.
These polymers are costly to manufacture, but production costs are likely to come down as synthetic elastomer manufacturers increase consumption of sugar cane alcohol and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
Rubber products made from more eco-friendly polymers have the same properties as those made using fossil fuels.
WHAT IS THE VULCANISATION OF RUBBER AND WHY IS IT DONE?
Vulcanisation as the name implies is the process of application of heat to effect a three dimensional cross linked network. This produces a thermoset part that can be put under stress and strain to a degree without being permanently deformed. Vulcanisation can use many different chemicals and processes. It is a one way non-reversible reaction.
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.
Informed by decades of experience in materials technology, our polymer design engineers generate effective and efficient solutions.
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