Why Use Polyurethane?
A resilient, tough material, polyurethane can outperform rubber and steel for abrasion resistance and can be injection molded, to any shape. Polyurethanes have exceptional damping abilities to control shock and lessen noise and vibration in the most arduous conditions.
Outstanding high wear abrasion resistance
Good low temperature flexibility and impact resistance
Low compression set
Good hydrolytic stability
High compressive strength
Low gas and vapor permeability, relatively high moisture vapor transmission rates
Low extractable levels
Ability to be painted without the use of primers
High resistance to oils, greases, oxygen and ozone
Advantages of Polyurethane Flat Sheet Stock
Polyurethane Strips are often used as a replacement for rubber components and provides an obvious upgrade over the traditional material. Polyurethane pads have a much-improved resistance to wear and can out last other materials by as much as four times.
Another advantage of urethane bumpers is the performance during load and compression, Polyurethane pads will outperform rubber which will often permanently deform much sooner resulting in the associated components, often vehicle suspension parts becoming loose and causing lack of control and often expensive damage. Its resistance to ageing or perishing, rubber will often degrade over sometimes a short period of time, but this can often be accelerated in UV exposure and the contact with oils and fuels.
Polyurethane absorbing pads is also much more resistant to cutting with sharp edges as well as much more impact resistant.
Urethane strips stock can be used to cut out small volume parts for trials and prototyping. Smaller pads can be cut from our stock pads along with longer strips used for absorbing pads, bumpers, pads, and protective surfaces. The Polyurethane pad stock can also be easily cut with a water jet to produce low to mid volute quantities of parts without investing in a costly tool.
Advantages of Polyurethane
Polyurethane is a unique material that offers the elasticity of rubber combined with the toughness and durability of metal. Polyurethane is up to five times stronger than rubber. Because urethane is available in a very broad hardness range, it allows the engineer to replace rubber, plastic, and metal with the ultimate in abrasion resistance and physical properties. Polyurethane can reduce plant maintenance and OEM product cost. Many applications using this ultra-tough material have cut down-time, maintenance time, and cost of parts to a fraction of the previous figures. The following are other advantages polyurethane has to offer:
Urethane strips have better abrasion and tear resistance than rubbers, while offering higher load bearing capacity.
Compared to plastics, urethanes offer superior impact resistance, while offering excellent wear properties and elastic memory.
Urethane strips have replaced metals in sleeve bearings, wear plates, sprockets, rollers, and various other parts, with benefits such as weight reduction, noise abatement, and wear improvements being realized.
Standard urethane flat sheet stock sizes available in stock
Custom polyurethane flat sheet stock available on request
Standard durometer available from 40A to 65D
Standard colors: red, orange, natural and black (other colors upon request)
High resistance to abrasion and impact.
Resistant to many chemical compounds.
Oil and solvent resistant.