Today, most users or potential users of rubber components face a changing environment. The environment can evolve based on changing application or market conditions. In some cases, regulations dictate new requirements. To avoid problems from rubber or elastomer components in a specific application, Ashtabula Rubber suggests answering three questions:
What materials are in contact with the elastomer, and have these materials changed composition?
Has the temperature of the operating environment changed?
Is the performance requirement of the rubber component expected to change?
The answers could lead to reevaluating the design options and redesigning the product.
From a competitive standpoint, today's market environment is anything but static. To cope with tighter cost constraints than ever before and get to market sooner, many engineers are turning to Liquid Injection Molding (LIM) or Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) products. The electrical properties, operating temperature range and high chemical resistance are just a few of the performance advantages offered by this material. Another cost-saving approach is integration — combining two functions into one to reduce assembly and other costs. With these innovative possibilities, it could be time for a change.
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