Western Rubbers has engineered techniques to bond rubber with a variety of fabrics. This reinforcement enhances strength, flexibility and pressure/temperature resistance of bonded part. Fabric reinforcement is mostly seen in pump and valve diaphragms and in inflatable seals. The process requires fabrics to be carefully molded in the seal using special processes, by highly skilled labor.Every fabric comes with its unique properties. Hence, the functioning and application of the seal is carefully studied by our engineers, who then guide the client in the selection of the appropriate fabric.
Common fabrics used at Western Rubbers include:
Western Rubbers has developed adhesive solutions for adhering plastic and rubber surfaces.
With years of R&D, our in-house chemists have carefully developed compounds to withstand coefficients of thermal expansion, pressure differentials, chemical reactive components or wear/abrasion. Elastomers such as Nitrile, Silicone, SBR, EPDM and FKM can bond well to plastics including ABS, acrylics, polyester, nylon, PPO, polyethylene and fiberglass.
A very critical stage in this process is to ensure proper pre-surface treatment. This will in ensure optimization of cohesive strength properties and effective performance.Selection of the perfect adhesive bonding primer guarantees bond strength.
PTFE, commonly known by the trade name Teflon®, is highly chemically inert and hence is very difficult to bond as it is “non-stick” by nature. Successfully bonding PTFE and rubber has been an accomplishment in the history of Western Rubbers. Quite frequently rubber seals need to be in contact with moving surfaces to perform their sealing function effectively. But in doing so a lot of friction is created, in turn resulting in wear and tear of the rubber seal. This problem however, has been resolved by combining rubber and PTFE. This bond has been successful in offering an effective and low friction seal. Further PTFE comes with its extremely unique properties of high temperature and harsh chemical resistance. Hence, it can be bonded perfectly at the tip of seals, thereby avoiding damages caused on account of overheating.
Silicone, with its unique properties makes a great sealant in keeping water and other solvents out in extreme temperatures. However, the problem arises when Silicone has to be backed with an adhesive tape. It tends to repel the adhesive unless primed. Western Rubbers however, has developed methods for adhering adhesive tapes to all Silicone and other rubber profiles.
With upcoming innovations, research, and developments by chemists, today Western Rubbers can successfully create chemical bonds rubber and just about any substrate, using the appropriate preparation process, bonding agents, primers and tool design. Western Rubbers’ composite bonded parts have more than two materials bonded together into a single part. These materials include rubber, plastic metal, fiber glass, etc. These composite material bonds have found wide application in sectors across the globe. We can provide the ideal combinations of flexibility, strength, sealing and resistance. Materials are taken beyond their standard abilities, so that the performance of the composite bonded part is far greater than the sum of the individual parts.