The correct storage of Rubber Elastomers is critical to ensure that it remains in prime condition and is ready to be used when required. The correct approach to maintaining material in its best condition involves managing the packaging and environmental conditions as defined in documents such as ISO 2230:2002.
Gasket design focusses on Thinner is Better but that is not always the case when working with large diameter, damaged or low pressure sealing applications. Rubber gaskets often prove better when faced with these types of issues but there are challenges to consider.
Shore A and IRHD are the most widely used scales for measuring the hardness of rubber materials. Measuring it accurately with the right instrument is essential. It is possible to compare the results with other hardness scales including 0, 00, D etc.
Defining the fire safety requirements of products for railway vehicles is now regulated through EN45545-1 and EN45545-2. MacLellan offer a range of FireSafe materials that comply to these accreditations and are independently certified.
Ensuring your material is properly produced and tested to recognised standards is the only decision you need to make when choosing a supplier of Metal Detectable materials. Too many companies promise much and deliver little with regards valid certification.