Smithers Rapra introduces rubber compounding webinar series

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AKRON — Smithers Rapra will run a free four-part series on rubber compounding led by Christine Domer, general manager of Smithers’ analytical and physical testing labs.

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Smithers Rapra upgrades allow for testing of larger tires

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RAVENNA, Ohio—Polymer products testing company Smithers Rapra has upgraded the wheel-testing capabilities at its Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna to handle wheels with rim diameters up to 24 inches.

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Webinar – Considerations for Compound Development

For every rubber product, there are myriad design factors that must be taken into account when formulating compound options. Service environment, performance specifications, and material selection must be reviewed carefully to ensure that you can not only design an effective product, but also do so with as few iterations in the development process as possible. In this webinar, Christine Domer, General Manager of Smithers Rapra’s Analytical and Physical Testing labs, will cover the various formulation and processing considerations that rubber product manufacturers must use when developing compounds. An overview of material properties, processing techniques, and how they relate to various end use applications will be covered.

 

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AirBoss Announces 1st Quarter 2018 Results and Dividend

NEWMARKET, Ontario, May 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AirBoss of America Corp. (TSX:BOS) ($US except where otherwise noted) Highlights: Consolidated net sales increased by 15.2% to $80.5 million Net sales in the Engineered Products’ defense business more than doubled EBITDA increased by 7.2% to $7.5 million Quarterly dividend paid of C$0.07 per share Basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.14 per common share compared to $0.12 per common share in Q1 2017 Three months ended March 31 (In thousands of US dollars) 2018 2017 Net Sales 80,549 69,927 Gross …

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Technology focus: Arlanxeo’s new self-sealing tire compound

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Hanover, Germany – Arlanxeo has developed a special compound for use in self-sealing tires, the synthetic rubber maker recently announced

The material, which is applied on the interior of a vehicle tire, enables punctures to be automatically sealed, said a 19 Feb company statement.

The development is in line with the requirements of future vehicles, according Frank Lückgen, global marketing director, tire, at Arlanxeo’s Tire & Specialty Rubbers business unit (BU TSR).

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HF Mixing Group plans for major restructuring

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FREUDENBERG, Germany—HF Mixing Group has announced a number of organizational changes and restructuring plans in order to improve its offerings to meet growing market demand for automation and integrated auxiliary products.

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HF Mixing Group undergoes organisational changes

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HF Mixing Group has announced a strategic co-operation with B&K Wäge- & Anlagentechnik, Germany with a focus on weighing, storage, feeding, dosing of raw materials and liquids that are tailored to system requirements. Based on the know-how of company Steimel-Fix (1925), B&K was founded in 2002. This longtime experience of B&K, allows the HF Mixing Group to further expand its product portfolio and in the future have access to their upstream

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Tough, Self-Healing Rubber Developed

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Imagine a tire that could heal after being punctured or a rubber band that never snapped. Researchers have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal. Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a new type of rubber that is as tough as natural rubber but can also self-heal.

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Analysis: Rubber mixing plants of the future

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LONDON—Rubber mixers will have to become more automated and part of “holistic” production set-ups to deal with complexity in both the materials being processed and end use markets, according to Andreas Limper, a senior executive of HF Mixing Group.

There is a continuing rise in the number and types of tires required by the automotive industry as  brings more and more car models onto the market, Limper noted at a recent HF event in Manchester,  to mark 100 years of the Banbury mixer.

“This trend will go further with new challenges like full electric  requiring low rolling resistance designs and so on. So you will see a higher variety of compounds [used] in the  industry,” the HF leader forecast.

Silica compounds

In terms of materials, Limper said the introduction of silica tire compounds and modified/functionalized polymers was making control of temperature and other parameters more critical within the mixer. Likewise, he noted the emergence of more complex carbon blacks, which are also harder to mix.

In response, Limper said, mixer manufacturers and operators will have to become even more …

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German bike tire company develops “new-generation” rubber compound

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REICHSHOF, Germany—Bicycle tire brand Schwalbe is launching a new generation of compounds for its MTB tires in the Evo line, which it claims will improve durability while offering high performance.

In an April 19 statement, the German company said the compound goes by the name of Addix and “solves the typical trade-off between grip, rolling resistance and wear across a much wider range than before.”

To develop the compound, Schwalbe said it used “a state-of-the-art and extremely precise mixing technology which is not generally used in the bicycle tire industry.”

In its statement, the German tire company said the new mixing process “allows for an almost infinite number of parameter variations and, with a new production hardware set up especially for Addix.”

“In terms of durability, our tires have become much more impressive across the board, and the low-temperature properties are now excellent, and not only in the soft compounds,” Markus Hachmeyer, senior product manager at Schwalbe and designer of MTB tires, said.

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