What The Heck is Nitrile Butadiene Rubber?

  When you’re introduced to the world of manufacturing and producing seals, gaskets, and other custom-cut parts, you’re stepping into a wonderful world of thousands of different materials that each bring remarkable and unique qualities to the project they’re...

Nonmetallic Materials: Viton vs EPDM

  It’s no exaggeration to say that there are thousands of nonmetallic materials available for use in gaskets, O-rings, seals, and other rubber parts. Just taking a glance at the list of materials can be immediately overwhelming if you don’t know where to start....

Synthetic Rubber vs Natural Rubber

As specialists in the crafting of non-metallic parts, one of our most frequently used materials we work with is rubber. This material has several useful properties which make it useful for our customers in a variety of industries. But there are both natural and...

Viton: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  Being in the nonmetallic manufacturing industry requires us to become familiar with a long list of materials, each with their own qualities, strengths, and weaknesses. One of these materials is fluorocarbon rubber (FKM); commonly referred to by its...

What is Durometer and How Does it Impact Gaskets and Seals?

What do pencil erasers and hockey pucks have in common? Probably more than meets the eye. See, both of these are made of rubber, but you wouldn’t use a hockey puck to clean up your hastily written notes and a hockey puck made of pencil erasers probably...

Fluorosilicone: Pros and Cons

Rubber, and especially synthetic rubber, has a wide spectrum of variants, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, and properties. Because of this getting the specific rubber compounds that fit your unique and specific application is important. When it comes to...