Rubber Compound Research and Development A major emphasis at Mid-States Rubber Products is materials technology, an effort led by our chemistry laboratory. Our chemists and technicians develop and test new compounds using synthetic and natural rubber polymers, matching formulations to exact customer specifications as well as identifying thermoplastics to best fit a customer’s application.

Supporting their work is a modern, General Motors certified, 6,000 square-foot laboratory that houses state-of-the-art equipment including a lab Banbury, mills, extruders, ovens, presses, ozone cabinets, low-temperature chambers, and equipment to test resilience, tensile strength and modulus.

Other R&D activities include the development of prototype parts and the design and construction of equipment for endurance testing. Quality Assurance is an integral part of our R&D effort. Before production begins, our lab technicians perform a battery of quality checks on all factory batches. Test results are charted and archived in a database system to aid in material advancements.

Our entire R&D program is customer driven. We want to ensure that only the highest quality material goes into every product.

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Material Specs
  • Butyl – weathering and ozone resistance
  • CPE – weathering, ozone, oil and solvent resistance
  • ECO – ozone, oil, solvent, and flame resistance
  • EPDM – resistance to ozone, weather, and water
  • Fluorocarbon – extreme heat, ozone, oil and solvent resistance
  • Hydrin – oil and solvent resistance with good ozone and abrasion resistance
  • Hypalon – ozone, oil, solvent, and flame resistance
  • Natural Rubber – high resilience and good flexing qualities
  • Neoprene – moderately oil and solvent resistant
  • Nitrile – resistant to oil and gasoline
  • PBR – resistant abrasion with high resilience properties
  • SBR – general purpose polymer with good water and brake fluid resistance
  • Silicone – excellent high temperature resistance
  • Urethane – abrasion resistance
  • Vamac – excellent heat and oil resistance with good resistance to ozone and weathering
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE), TPR, TPU
Laboratory Equipment

Aging Ovens
Analytical Balance
Compression Set Fixtures
Dillon Dynamotor
Durometers, A, B, & D, Using Shoer Lever Loader
Environmental Chambers
Impact Testers
Instron Tensile Tester
Lab Banbury
Lab Extruder
Lab Mills
Lab Presses
Low Temperature Testing
Mansanto Rheometers with Computerized Data Analysis
Monsanto T-10 Tensile Tester
Mooney Machine
Ozone Chamber
Scott Tensile Tester
Singleton Salt Spray Cabinet
Specific Gravity
Tear Die Resistance
Yerzley Oscillogrpagh

Quality Compliance

TS 16949

Industries Served

Caster Wheels
Fitness Industries
Industrial Equipment
Material Handling