Natural rubber (NR) is found in the juices of many plants, but the principal source is Hevea Brasiliensis, a tropical tree. Natural rubber is the product that all synthetic rubber materials have tried to duplicate. At REDCO, we have the knowledge and experience to manufacture the custom natural rubber products you need to complete your job. From precision rubber-covered rollers to custom die-cut gaskets and beyond, we’ll deliver high-quality USA-made components made from natural rubber compounds on time and within budget.
Properties of Natural Rubber Material
Natural rubber and natural rubber compounds are composed of polymer polyisoprene. Other materials such as proteins, fatty acids, and more, are often present within natural rubber material. Natural rubber must be vulcanized to be used in industrial applications.
Features of Natural Rubber Compounds
Once processed and vulcanized, natural rubber materials have an impressive stretch ratio, feature a high level of resilience to various factors, and are extremely waterproof. Characteristics of natural rubber compounds include:
- Specific Gravity: .93
- Tensile Strength, PSI—Reinforced: 4000
- Practical Shore A Hardness Range: 30-95
Benefits & Advantages of Natural Rubber Products
Products made from natural rubber are generally resistant to most moderate chemicals wet or dry, organic acids, alcohols, keytones, and aldehydes. They also feature:
- Excellent room temperature, heat, tear, and abrasion resistance
- Excellent low-temperature flexibility
- Good to excellent moisture resistance
- Good to excellent dielectric properties
- Good oxidation resistance
- Good diluted acid resistance
- Fair to good compression set
- Fair concentrated acid resistance
- And many others!
Download our Properties of Rubber chart to learn more about natural rubber’s characteristics and to find data about many other rubber materials.
The Limitations of Natural Rubber
While natural rubber material is suitable for many applications and functions well in various conditions, it has a few limitations. Natural rubber is typically attacked by ozone, strong acids, fats, oils, greases, and most hydrocarbons. If these substances are present in your planned use, then a different rubber material will be required in your production.
If you are unsure if natural rubber or a different rubber composite is best for your job, call 775-882-3100 today. The REDCO experts will work closely with your team to find the best solution.
Uses of Natural Rubber Compounds in Industrial Applications
Natural rubber is useful in a variety of applications, including in the manufacturing of tires, shock mounts, energy absorbers, seals, isolators, couplings, bearings, springs, and other dynamic applications. Natural rubber material’s durability, versatility, and flexibility make it a good fit for most manufacturing services and custom rubber molding applications, including:
Your #1 USA-Owned & Operated Natural Rubber Products Manufacturer
The friendly and experienced team at REDCO is ready to help bring your custom natural rubber products to life. We complete all our processes in-house at our USA facility, providing American-made quality to meet a diverse set of specifications. We’ve created custom rubber products for most industries, and we look forward to showing you why REDCO is the top choice, from printing operations to medical device manufacturers and everything in between.Contact us today to learn about our natural rubber manufacturing services. Request a quote to receive pricing details and other information specific to your natural rubber application. We provide quick responses and fast turnaround times to get you to work as soon as possible.