Bespoke Rubber Sheeting

DLR specialises in providing uncured sheeting in various forms to be fabricated and cured by the client. Most rubber sheeting is supplied in a cured or vulcanised form, making our rubber sheeting versatile and adaptable. Application-specific materials are chosen, calendared and supplied on a roll for subsequent fabrication by the client. In both cases, cured and uncured, woven textile may be inserted to produce the desired properties for parts such as diaphragms, stamped gaskets and conveyor belts, to name a few applications.

Rubber sheeting supports applications in many industry sectors. Sheet rubber requires excellent protection properties to work effectively within hazardous environments where exposure to chemicals, weathering and abrasion are commonplace. Due to its flexibility and elasticity at high and sub-zero temperatures, rubber sheeting is typically used as horsebox matting, pond lining, roof covering, fire retardant and as a gas & chemical barrier in food and medical applications.

Material knowledge is where DLR stands out when it comes to rubber sheeting. Our engineers have the ability to determine the most appropriate materials for your specific application and service conditions. Whether it is antistatic properties required for safe use in potentially explosive environments or pond lining that requires the material to pose no harm to aquatic life, DLR will always develop the best solution.

Relevant Industries

Rubber sheeting finds its way into many applications, most of which we all use without realising it. Pond liners, roof roofing sheeting, sound deadening barriers, washers, and gaskets are all everyday examples illustrating the hidden uses of rubber sheeting.

Many industries rely on the performance & quality of rubber sheeting. None more so than the automotive industry, starting with car tyres.

Over the years, under-bonnet temperatures have been increasing with evermore aerodynamic car design. In conjunction with this, the demand for a more comfortable passenger space has been growing, making selecting materials supercritical.

DLR can meet these ever-changing requirements by offering products & choosing materials from reputable rubber sheeting manufacturers that can provide traceability throughout the supply chain. As rubber sheeting specialists we are firmly in the driving seat, leading the way in novel solutions for the automotive industry.

Today sheet rubber is available in various designs & specifications. They are made for specific applications. The major differences are in the polymer type, the application & service demands defines the polymer used. DLR staff will help you make the right choice for your application.

Typical uses are in flooring & roofing. Rubber provides resistance to oil & petroleum, ultraviolet light & oxidising elements. It has the capacity to maintain its flexibility even in cold temperatures. Its elasticity makes it suitable as a shock absorber & for specialised machinery mountings designed to reduce vibration, they are also used as anti-slip mats in bathrooms. The strength of rubber sheeting can be enhanced using a suitable fabric insertion.

We strive to ensure the materials we choose & the products we offer are at the leading edge of what is available in the market. DLR works with clients in the design & development of products to develop novel, workable solutions.

Rubber sheeting of all kinds finds use in industry mainly in the form of a protective barrier. These barriers can be against chemicals, fire & debris. The choice of materials is different depending on the chemical to be protected against its concentration & temperature.

Protection against fire is more complex. Consideration is given to items such as escape routes, the toxicity of the smoke generated by the rubber, whether the fumes given off are likely to be harmful to human beings and any (critical, expensive) electrical equipment.

Rubber Sheeting FAQ

WHAT IS RUBBER SHEETING?

Rubber sheeting is produced by calendering rubber compounds to a specified thickness.

 

The calendering process can take place using any variety of calendar or roller die extruder. The rubber sheet is wrapped in a suitable liner to protect it from sticking to itself and/or provide support during curing.

Curing can be done continuously on a rotocure or press and in batches in an autoclave.

Note that sheeting can be made with fabric reinforcement. The fabric provides strength to the rubber part. The fabric is chosen depending on the application. Woven, non-woven and knitted can be used as can nylons, polyesters, glass, metal and polyaramid.

WHAT IS RUBBER SHEETING USED FOR?

Rubber sheeting can be used cured or uncured. Uncured can be used for roofing where the uncured rubber facilitates the bonding of the sheets. The sheet cures over time on the roof. Uncured rubber sheeting is used in damp proofing for houses.

Reinforced and unreinforced cured rubber sheeting can be used for gaskets, where parts are stamped out of the sheet. Rubber sheeting is used as flooring and, when compounded and fabricated correctly, can be used for orthopaedic anti-fatigue mats for humans and animals (cow and horsebox mats).

Rubber sheeting is used for protecting floors and machinery from spills in industrial environments. Pond liners and roofing are two of the biggest uses of rubber sheets as both utilise rubber’s water retention properties. When compounded correctly, rubber sheeting can be used for sound deadening in the automotive industry. Another use of rubber sheeting is diaphragms which can be reinforced to provide long life.

CAN METAL SURFACES OR OTHER SUBTRATES BE COVERED IN RUBBER?

In short, the answer is yes.

 

A few techniques can be employed with rubber sheeting, although the ideas are very much the same as rubber to metal bonded parts. 

Coating rubber onto metals can be done by using solutions of rubber in suitable media, normally solvents. They can be dipped and then vulcanised. Depending on the amount of rubber required, over-moulding may offer a better solution.

Rubber can provide a heat or chemical barrier to metal parts. As rubber insulates, it offers a warmer surface to hold on to and provide grip or friction for leverage, for example, power tool grips and screwdrivers

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