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SplashTRON®: How it’s Made

SplashTRON®, Mark Tool & Rubber’s proprietary elastomer, is a one-size-fits-all solution for pipeline coatings popular on offshore platforms. Our SplashTRON® solutions are so popular with customers that we decided to show you how they’re made. Before we get into the details, let’s take a quick look at the history of synthetic rubbers that led to…

10 Advantages to Having An In-House Machine Shop

  Despite the initial up-front costs of implementing an in-house machine shop, more and more companies are discovering the the long list of advantages in-house machining can offer. When you combine the cost-effectiveness with the productivity gains, in-housing your machine shop simply makes sense. Here are 10 great advantages: 1. Less Waste You can reduce…

Plasma Cutting: 10 Steps You Should Always Follow

Plasma cutters are an essential manufacturing tool. In comparison to oxyacetylene cutting or saws, cutoff wheels, shears and snips, plasma cutters offer many advantages, including portability, minimal heat-affected-zones (HAZs) and smaller kerfs — not to mention a wide range of cutting applications (gouging, piercing, beveling, etc.). Despite the ubiquitous use of the plasma cutter, many…

Preventing Crevice Corrosion and Corrosion Under Insulation

A type 316 stainless steel tube and sheet in a heat exchanger of a seawater reverse osmosis (SWRO) desalination plant is subject to crevice corrosion. Corrosion, one of the most common forms of equipment degradation, is split into two major categories: crevice corrosion and corrosion under insulation. Any equipment that handles high-volume electrolytes and has…

The Importance of Pipeline Coating in Corrosion Prevention

Here are two facts worth noting: One: Corrosion is the number one enemy of metal pipes. Two: Pipeline coatings are the number one defense against corrosion. According to the website Corrosionpedia, pipeline corrosion is the deterioration of pipe material that takes place as a result of its interaction with the working environment. Corrosion of most…

The Extrusion Molding Process

Previously, on this blog we discussed two of the three processes used to create custom molded rubber products - injection molding and compression molding. Today, we talk about the last process, extrusion molding. What is extrusion custom rubber molding? Extrusion molding is a manufacturing process used to make products that have a fixed cross-sectional profile…

The Injection Molding Process

Mainly associated with the use of thermoplastics, injection molding has become one of the most cost-effective ways to create custom molded rubber products and, as such, has become a commonly used manufacturing process. It is particularly ideal for creating smaller parts. Injection molding offers several advantages over other processes such as compression molding. These include:…

The Compression Molding Process

In a previous post, we outlined the advantages of compression molding, which include low cost, little waste of material and suitability for manufacturing large parts. In today's post, we delve into the compression molding process. Compression molding, one of the oldest techniques used for processing polymers, is the act of using compression and heat to…

The Advantages of Compression, Injection, and Extrusion Molding

"Civilization as we know it today is wholly dependent upon rubber. It is a servant that follows us, literally, from the cradle to the grave." - Ralph Wolfe As the chemist Ralph Wolfe so aptly put it, rubber is indispensable to the well-being of civilization, a fact that's even truer in modern society. If you…

6 Ways Polyurethane Pads Maximize Forklift Longevity

A forklift: its simple equipment is taken for granted. Used by many industries on a daily basis, forklifts aid in the rapid and easy transport of unwieldy or heavy freight. Called the "workhorse of the warehouse,” both warehouses and industrial sites benefit from its use. According to WarehouseIQ.com, the average price of a forklift runs…

6 Benefits of Customized Elastomers

Bouncing into our lives in the mid 1800s, rubber derivatives have made their way into nearly every industry. They can come in forms as specific as a specially engineered elastomer for cable jacketing, which was just released this month by Teknor APEX , to broadly used synthetic rubbers such as the neoprene of a laptop…

The High Cost of Corrosion in the Offshore Oil & Gas Industry

What is corrosion costing you? Of all the factors that contribute to a failure in offshore oil and gas structures, corrosion is the worst. In fact, the total annual cost of corrosion in the oil and gas production industry is estimated to be $1.372 billion. According to ODEE, an oil & gas industry journal, as offshore exploration…

Rubber Rollers a Modern Advantage in Industrial Settings

Grounded in a rich history of scientific innovation, the rubber industry today offers highly customizable, cost-effective, durable products for a variety of industrial applications. A prime example of the benefits of rubber parts in industrial equipment can be seen in the evolution of roller systems from leather, wood, and metal to a partnership between metal…

Uses and Advantages of Cast Urethane Products

Fully customizable in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and purposes, cast urethane is a rubber derivative whose versatility makes it desirable to a variety of industries for a wide range of purposes and applications. Urethane, a strong elastomer or synthetic rubber, comes in molded forms, "flexible and rigid foams” and "in a variety of…

Taking Root: The Modern Evolution of Rubber Products

In our previous blog, we reported on the surprising history of rubber. Its history stretches across countries and centuries as far back as the pre-Columbian Mesoamericans. From basic rubber balls to European galoshes, by the 1800s innovations with rubber had firmly taken root. Now, let's take a look at the modern evolution of rubber products.…

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