Cast and thermoset polyurethane-based elastomers match a wide spectrum of manufacturing applications. From wheels and pads to configurative parts and food-grade or conventional formulations, this material can provide a solution to a multitude of manufacturing needs.
What Are Polyurethane Elastomers?
Invented in 1930, the polyurethane elastomer, essentially an elastic polymer, is a leading alternative to nylon or rubber and now meets the demands of various industries.
The Process of Molding Polyurethane
Polyurethane molding involves a thermoset organic polymer that begins as a formulated liquid and cures at high temperatures. The result is a solid elastomeric that frequently exceeds the performance of similar rubbers under dynamic conditions.
Product types include:
- Free-standing or bond-to-metal parts
- Custom-cast or molded urethane
- Configurative parts
- Sheets, bars or rods
- Prototypes and production-run products
- Precision-ground parts
Advantages of a Polyurethane Product
Polyurethane molding results in parts with various advantageous attributes:
- Cut and tear resistance
- Exceptional abrasion resistance
- Ability to bond to plastics and metals
- Load-bearing capability
- Extensive range of weights and sizes
- Ability to mold to any shape
- Free-standing parts
- Operating formulas as high as 185° F
Polyurethane molding is a fundamental for multiple industries. Applications include:
- Wear strips
- Polishing wheels
- Slitter spacers
- Die pads
- Doctor blades
- Bottle and bar grippers
- Drive and idler rolls and wheels
- Milling discs
- Paper feed wheels
- Shock and vibration pads
- Squeegee blades and rolls
Polyurethane Manufacturing Experts
Molded polyurethane parts have been a high-performance and versatile mainstay for many industries over several decades. For prototypes and custom or production-run parts manufactured by industry specialists since 1982, contact Ephrata Precision Parts, Inc.