You may have heard of the term ‘rubber moulding’ but aren’t exactly sure what it is or how it works. I will help clarify this by giving you simple explanations that may even persuade you to look into doing rubber moulding. If you are starting a new job working for a manufacturer of some kind, such as automobiles, or food ware, this may also be helpful.
Firstly, to put it as simply as possible, rubber moulding is when uncured rubber is transformed into a functional product. This is done through compression, transferring, or injecting raw rubber material into a metal mould cavity. The pressure forms a chemical reaction, such as curing or vulcanization, which causes the particles in the material to come together to form the desired mould or shape.
You may be wondering what rubber moulding is actually used for. I will give you a few examples.
- The Aerospace Industry relies on rubber moulds of gaskets and seals to keep passengers safe. The rubber has to be resistant from fire, gas and oil with top weathering ability.
- Cars and other vehicles are made with a lot of rubber parts such as the brakes, clutch seals, and gaskets for the battery. The noise suppression capabilities of rubber parts make them good for using in most interior parts in cars too such as the console panels.
- Another example is in the food industry where rubber moulding is used to create products for food and beverages. The material has to be hygienic and be able to not wear down from repetitive cleaning.
Hopefully, after this short explanation you are a little clearer on what rubber moulding is, how it works and what it is used for. If you are looking for UK Rubber Moulding, I recommend contacting Meadex Rubber Moulding.