Neoprene Rubber (CR), also known as polychloroprene, is a synthetic rubber with many uses in industrial manufacturing, particularly rubber extrusion or rubber-to-metal bonding applications. Created from a group of synthetic polymerized rubbers, neoprene rubber features high resistance to external forces, including abrasion and hydrocarbons, and provides high-performance sealing and insulation capabilities.
REDCO is your full-service neoprene rubber manufacturer. We deliver high-quality rubber products manufactured in-house at our USA facility. Contact us or call 775-882-3100 to learn more about how we can support your custom polychloroprene component production.
Properties of Neoprene Material
Neoprene rubber is a versatile and reliable choice for any industrial use. It is cost-effective and easily accessible, making it popular for general purpose manufacturing projects. It can also meet the needs of strictly regulated applications and standards such as UL 94, ASTM E 162, SMP 800C, and others.
To learn more about the properties of polychloroprene and other rubber materials, download REDCO’s Properties of Rubber Chart.
Features for Polychloroprene
As a synthetic rubber, neoprene material shares several unique features that differentiate it from other rubbers. These characteristics and features include:
- Specific Gravity: 1.23
- Tensile Strength, PSI—Pure Gum: 1500
- Tensile Strength, PSI—Reinforced: 3000
- Practical Shore A Hardness Range: 40-95
Neoprene Rubber’s Benefits
Neoprene rubber demonstrates a high degree of chemical stability, allowing it to handle adhesives, provide cushioning, and protect against abrasion. In addition to flexibility, elasticity, and toughness, other advantages of neoprene material include:
- Excellent abrasion, atmosphere aging, and flame resistance
- Excellent diluted acid resistance
- Good resilience at room and high temperatures
- Good tear, heat, oxidation, and concentrated acid resistance
- Good compression set
- Good permeability
- Good dielectric properties
- Fair flexibility at low temperatures
- Fair moisture and solvent resistance (except aromatics)
Limitations to Neoprene Material
Neoprene rubber is a versatile solution but not applicable to every production. While it is generally resistant to moderate chemicals and acids, ozone, oils, fats, greases, and solvents, neoprene material is attacked by strong oxidizing acids, esters, keytones, chlorinated aromatics, and nitro hydrocarbons.
If you are unsure if neoprene materials are best for your application, REDCO is here to help. Our engineering team of rubber experts will help you find the best rubber material for your application. We also offer custom rubber and elastomer compounding for specialty projects.
Uses for Neoprene Rubber in Industrial Applications
Neoprene rubber material is used in an extensive range of industrial applications and productions. General applications for polychloroprene include:
- Printing/graphic arts rollers
- Precision rollers
- Industrial rollers
- Die cut gaskets
- Hose and belting
- Wire and cable
- Bearing Pads
- And much more!
REDCO is Your One-Stop Shop for USA-Manufactured Neoprene Rubber Parts
Your satisfaction is REDCO’s #1 priority. We work hard to produce custom rubber components that meet your specifications, satisfy industry regulations, and exceed your expectations. All finished orders undergo rigorous on-site quality control testing to guarantee you receive only the best products made from neoprene rubber or other materials.
Contact us to learn more about how REDCO can support your neoprene rubber manufacturing needs. Request a quote to receive information specific to your requirements. With over 70 years of rubber manufacturing experience, the REDCO team is ready to tackle any order. Get started today!