Where are Rubber Extruded Parts Used?

Rubber Extrusions

Rubber extruded parts have been common-place for over 100 years now, having been employed in 1000’s of different applications during that time. A few examples are given below:

Door and Window Seals

Also known as top and side seals, these profiles are designed to fill the gaps between doors and door frames to prevent wind and water from entering a vehicle or building. They are used in cars and trucks, as well as in many commercial and industrial facilities. Door seals such as hatch seals can also be found in fuel tanks, rooftop HVAC systems and in electronic enclosures.

Example of door and window seal extrusions
Example of door and window seal extrusions
Example of door and window seal extrusions
Figure 1: Examples of door and window seal extrusions.

Edge Trim Profiles

Edge trim profiles are used to cover rough edges made from plastics and steels. These types of rubber extruded profiles are made from flexible materials and have gripping tongues that allow them to provide a much stronger hold. Edge trim profiles are usually found in automotive and marine industries and are used for applications such as decorative trims for boats, cars, and buildings.

Example of edge trim extrusion
Example of edge trim extrusion
Example of edge trim extrusion
Figure 2: Examples of edge trim extrusions.

Bumpers and Fenders

Rubber bumpers and fenders protect the hull and berthing infrastructure from damage when vessels berth alongside. The fender functions as a shock absorber by absorbing the energy of a vessel on the berthing facility. There are many service factors which must be taken into consideration when deciding on which type and size of fender is best suited for a given application. D-shaped bumpers are also used on the rear of trucks and trailers to protect the vehicle from damage when reversing into loading docks.

Example of bumper and fender extrusions
Example of bumper and fender extrusions
Example of bumper and fender extrusions
Figure 3: Examples of bumper and fender extrusions.

Whether by extrusion or any other rubber processing methods, there is no denying that rubber is an excellent material for many everyday applications.
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