Rubber Bands

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Rubber bands are one of the most useful tools utilized by the packaging and delivery industries. At the grocery store, they hold vegetables together to form bundles. Florists use them to make bouquets, while newspaper and magazines use them to prevent their products from unfolding. Read More…

Rubber Bands Rubber bands are one of the most useful tools utilized by the packaging and delivery industries. At the grocery store, they hold vegetables together to form bundles. Florists use them to make bouquets, while newspaper and magazines use them to prevent their products from unfolding.

Leading Manufacturers

Stuart, FL  |  772-286-9278

If the rubber part is used in manufacturing, we are almost sure to have it. When we started in 1984, we carried few rubber extrusions, but today, we offer nearly every rubber product in existence.

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Britech Industries $$$

Cleveland, OH  |  440-238-3009

GSH Industries supplies rubber extrusions to a range of industries. We offer rubber in materials such as Neoprene, Viton®, Nitrile, Silicone & more. We have tooling ability to create intricate profiles ensuring rubber goods are of the highest quality.

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GSH Industries, Inc. $$$

Canonsburg, PA  |  866-672-8100

National Rubber values quality, consistency, and fast delivery of our products. Our components are made from a variety of elastomers such as neoprene and silicone, and our team members are capable of turning your drawing into the part you need.

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National Rubber Corp. $$$

Tinley Park, IL  |  800-662-1009

Aero Rubber Co. offers exceptional quality and competitive pricing on all of our extruded rubber products. Aero Rubber Co. uses high quality rubber compounds such as, Neoprene, Viton, Silicone, EPDM, Polyurethane, Natural Rubber, and Thermoplastic Rubber.

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Aero Rubber Company, Inc. $$$

Southampton, PA  |  800-506-3924

We got our beginning in 1954 and ever since then we have been manufacturing custom rubber extrusion solutions for customers around the world!

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NewAge® Industries, Inc. $$$

Akron, OH  |  877-771-6766

Ready to meet the demanding requirements of all customers and applications, Premier Seals Mfg. specializes in the production of rubber extrusions to your specifications.

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Premier Seals Manufacturing $$$
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Their largest user is the United States Postal Service that orders millions every year. In orthodontia, barely flexible rubber bands are used to keep the wires of braces in place. In the packaging industry, they are used to keep packages tightly closed. Over 30 million pounds are purchased in the United States every year to be part of many applications.

Though rubber bands are very common and may be something we take for granted, their manufacturing involves a complex set of steps that take several hours to complete. The process begins with raw rubber that is kneaded and heated to form chunks.

The chunks are put through a set of rolling pins that flatten them into thin sheets of deformed rubber, which are passed through a second set of rollers to make sheets that are the thickness of cloth. As the cloth leaves the second set of rollers, it is twisted and rolled into cylinders that can be fed into the extruder.

The cylinders are put in the extruder hopper where they are pushed to the screw that heats the raw material and forces it along to the round die. The extruder die forms the raw rubber into long tubes that are filled with air and talcum powder and forced into water troughs for cooling and cutting.

The cooled tubes are placed over poles, or dies, that are the shape and diameter of the final rubber bands. The poles are put in bundles for the curing process where they will be heated in a steam oven, which vulcanizes the tubes of rubber and adds to its tensile strength and elasticity.

After heating and vulcanization, the rubber tubes are removed from the dies and rinsed to eliminate the talcum powder and any residue. They are then dried to prepare them for cutting.

In the cutting process, the tubes are fed into rollers that push them into the preprogrammed cutter that slices them to the proper width. This process produces a half million rubber bands per hour.

Though rubber is the most common material used, there have been several other kinds of material that have been developed in recent years. These alternate types include ethylene propylene diene monomer, synthetic polyisoprene, and various silicone compounds.