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Masking Tips - How to Achieve Your Cleanest Masking Lines Yet

Achieving crisp, clean masking lines is not always an easy task. It takes knowledge, skill, and the best tools to get the results you're looking for. In this post, we're going to take you through both masking tape tips & tricks as well as rubber molded designs to improve your results and help prevent common coating flaws.

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Synthetic Rubber: How It's Made and Fun Facts

Basics of synthetic rubber

Synthetic rubber, invented in 1909, is any man-made/artificial elastomer created by linking polymer molecules. In this post, we're going to take you through how their made, the history of the material, types of syntethic rubbers, and a few other facts you may not have known

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Natural Rubber: Material Basics, History, and Fun Facts

Basics of natural rubber

In this post, we take you through what natural rubber is, where it comes from, how it's made, and some interesting facts you may or may not know!

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Basics of Thermoplastics

basics of thermoplastics

In this post, we take you through the basics of thermoplastics, including the different groups, classes, and types of thermoplastics that are used to make products such as water bottles, clips, plugs, and so much more.

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High Temp Masking Material Alternatives to Silicone

silicone alternatives

Due to the fear of silicone volatiles, some facilities will not even remotely consider using the material. In the automotive industry specifically, silicone is sometimes not even allowed into the paint production environments.  So, what this means is they need alternative solutions. Luckily, we've received these requests many times before so in this post we will take you through the majority of the options you'll typically have.

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Masking Ergonomics for High-Volume Manufacturing Lines

masking ergonomics

Repetitive motion injuries. Labor shortages. Manufacturing line bottleneck.  These are just a few of the many reasons why it's time to take a closer look into the ergonomics and efficiencies of your masking operations.

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Automotive Materials | Thermoplastic Vulcanizate (TPV)

Automotive thermoplastics - TPV

In this post, we are going to take you through a specific thermoplastic material, commonly referred to as TPV (or thermoplastic vulcanizate), that has grown in popularity in the automotive sector and evolved over the years since its introduction in 1981.

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Compression Molded Rubber Tolerances

compression molded rubber tolerances

When it comes to meeting tight tolerances, compression molding rubber is not going to match what you see with machining a metal product.  Because of that, you need to understand why that is and what factors affect the outcome of your final molded product.

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