Polyurethane is a unique material that offers the elasticity of rubber combined with the toughness and durability of metal. It can be manufactured in a variety of hardness’s ranging from rubber band soft to bowling ball hard. Due to the versatility of polyurethane, the range of components that can be manufactured are vast.
Parts made from polyurethane are proven to outwear other materials in particular when abrasion is a factor. It is vastly superior to rubber, plastics and metal in many applications. It has a higher load bearing capacity than any conventional rubber. This makes it an ideal material for load wheels fitted to fork trucks etc, heavy duty couplings, metal forming pads, shock absorbing pads, machine mounts etc.In fact it can be moulded into virtually any form given the correct moulds and tooling is used.
Should you have an abrasion issue regarding machine components resulting in expensive production down time, then replacing the part or parts manufactured in polyurethane will in most cases solve the problem, thus reducing your operational costs. It is difficult to be specific on products due to the versatility of polyurethane which can be virtually moulded into any shape or component given the correct design, mould and tooling. However, some examples are listed below:
Pressing bags and membranes for ceramics
Blocks, slabs and bar used for machining small engineering components
Ornate street furniture e.g. bollards, lampposts, litter bins etc
Industrial wheel and tyre e.g. fork trucks, pallet trucks etc
Consumable parts for paper converting machinery e.g. anvil covers etc
Roller coverings • Conveyor belt scraper blades
Moulds for casting concrete products e.g. paving slabs
Abrasive resistant components for shot blasting equipment
Shock absorbing pads for pile drivers
Suspension bushes for automotive industry
Cutting sticks for newspaper industry
Star wheels for soil preparation and potato harvesting
High impact bump stops
Flexible drive couplings
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