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Manufacturing Solutions for Multiple Industries With Molded Polyurethane

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
  • Flexibility
  • 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

Industry Applications

Polyurethane molding is a fundamental for multiple industries. Applications include:

  • Wear strips
  • Polishing wheels
  • Slitter spacers
  • Die pads
  • Doctor blades
  • Bottle and bar grippers
  • Seals
  • Drive and idler rolls and wheels
  • Milling discs
  • Impellers
  • 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.