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PVC Tubing for Exercise Equipment and Healthcare

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With the second month of 2023 well under way, many health conscious individuals have hit their local gym with new year’s resolutions to kick start their health and fitness goals. But many may not think too much about the importance of the materials that outfit their favorite work out machines. And this is where PVC …

Important Considerations When Choosing Elastomeric Materials

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Elastomers are materials that regain their original shape and size after the removal of a load or stressor. These materials are able to stretch extensively without breaking and have a wide range of temperature resistance. The term elastomeric is used to describe any material that contains the properties of an elastomer. Other elastomeric properties vary …

Defining Extrusion Manufacturing Terms

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There are many key terms in the extrusion manufacturing industry, extrusion and manufacturing being two of them. The terms that we will define here are elastomer, rubber, silicone, and plastic. Elastomer (noun) “a natural or synthetic polymer having elastic properties” – Oxford Languages Elastomers are materials that regain their original shape and size after the …

Extrusion: Definition, History, & Process

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What Is An Extrusion? Extrusion is the process of creating objects with a fixed cross-sectional profile by pushing material through a die of the desired cross-section. A die is a thick, circular disk that contains one or more openings that create the shape of the desired profile. The extrusion process is advantageous compared to other …

Manufacturing: A Simple Explanation

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Manufacturing is the use of labor, machinery, tools, and biological or chemical processing to produce goods. This can be the large-scale creation of products from raw materials or the sale of basic goods to manufacturers for the creation of complex items such as automobiles, aircraft, or appliances.

Three Types of Silicone Materials for Manufacturing

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Silicone is a product manufactured from silicon, an element found in sand. It has both rubber- and plastic-like properties and can be shaped or formed, softened or hardened into basically anything. Extruded silicone products are extruded in a range of shapes and are used to provide vibration dampening, noise reduction, thermal shielding and insulation, and …

Featured Product: Silicone Jacketed Cables

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Silicone cable jacketing material is used for a multitude of industrial applications because of its flexibility, UV resistance, chemical resistance, and temperature resistance. It can withstand a wide range of temperatures, spanning from approximately -67°F to 400°F (-55°C to 205°C). These properties make silicone jacketing ideal for medical applications where devices must withstand repeated cleaning, …

What Is PVC Grip Tubing?

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Flexible PVC tubing is used to provide protective cushioning and a comfortable grip on the handles of exercise equipment, medical and dental equipment, and other similar devices. If you’ve ever spent time at the gym, you’ve likely seen flexible PVC tubing covering the handles and grip bars on exercise bikes, treadmills, and the like. The …

Industry News: Amtrak Cascades To Resume After A Two-Year Hiatus

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“The best way to experience the great Pacific Northwest is on the Amtrak Cascades. From Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Portland and Eugene, Oregon, past Mount St. Helens and across the Columbia River Gorge, you’ll witness some of our continent’s most distinctive cities and most spectacular natural attractions.” Amtrak The Amtrak Cascades train departed from …

Elastomeric Rail Products: Rail Boots, Tie Pads, and Elastomeric Grout

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Elastomeric rail products include rail boots, tie pads, and other rubber extruded products used by the railroad industry. These products are made from a variety of thermoplastic and elastomeric materials that are flexible, lightweight and have excellent shear and tensile strength. In railway applications, these materials help insulate components from electrical currents and reduce track …

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