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One of the hot new materials that companies are working with is called neoprene. Here’s some background on this excellent material and why it’s so useful for gaskets and similar products.
A DuPont Product
Neoprene was initially invented by DuPont in 1930. The chemical giant originally called it “Duprene.” It’s not surprising that DuPont engineered this material first, since the massive company has extensive operations across the United States, and has had them since the early twentieth century.
Neoprene’s Chemical Process
Neoprene is made by the ‘free-radical polymerization of chloroprene.’ Industrial processes use emulsion polymerization to make this material, with a compound call potassium persulfate. Clear as mud, right? You don’t have to be a scientist, though, to understand how useful this stuff is for different kinds of consumer and business products.
Neoprene Makes All Kinds of Things
As mentioned above, neoprene is extensively useful for manufacturing. It’s made various things like laptop sleeves. They also use it to make orthopedics. Neoprene is popular for auto parts and in the transportation and defense industries in general. It’s also been used to make certain types of sports clothing.
One of the biggest benefits of neoprene is the way that it resists degradation. Where other types of materials may flake, corrode, or otherwise break down over time, neoprene stays strong, which makes it a popular material for connective gaskets.
Neoprene Can Help Fight Covid-19
There are reports that companies are using neoprene material to make facemasks in the wake of the pandemic. Scientists point out that neoprene can trap 99% of particles under a certain size.
Why are these things important? Using the right materials is just one way that we ensure a quality of results, and work with our customers to help them get the most that they can out of industrial processes. Take a look at our catalog and everything we offer: our rubber gaskets and washers, silicone gaskets, plastic washers, neoprene and PTFE washers, epdm washers, die-cut washers and gaskets and other products have what it takes to make your industrial solutions work. Ask us any questions about pricing, customization, shipping, delivery or anything else. At Cannon Gasket, we are proud to supply customers with just what they need to succeed, in fast-paced, competitive markets.