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Electrical Safety Matting Overview

Electrical safety mat

Electrical Safety Matting - how to use it and where.

How does Electrical Safety Matting work?

The rubber used to manufacture electrical safety matting is a natural dielectric material, with a molecular structure that inhibits the flow of electric charge and prevents the free flow of electrons. This outstanding electrical resistance property is what makes the rubber the ideal insulator.

Which industries use Electrical Safety Matting?

Electrical safety mats are used amongst a selection of professional industries to ensure safety during a range of processes. These industries include:

  • Manufacturing
  • Engineering
  • Construction
  • Green Energy
  • Automotive
  • Large scale electrical works
  • Small scale electrical works

Where should you use Electrical Safety Matting?

We recommend our clients use electrical safety matting in any area where a health and safety inspection identifies risk of electric shock. Some of the most popular applications of electrical matting include:

  • Electrical Switchboards
  • Power Transmission Rooms
  • Power Plants
  • Lift Control Gear Rooms
  • Machine Control Gear
  • Portable Protection for Engineers

How do you maximise safety when using Shock Resistant Safety Matting?

Before utilising it is vital you select the correct class and voltage resistance to suit your application. If you are unsure on the matting you require, please visit https://www.deltarubber.co.uk/electrical-safety-matting or contact one of our expert team members for assistance.

We recommend when using electrical matting you wear electrically insulated gloves and make use of an operator stand on top of the mat, this enhances the protection of direct shock through the operator’s body.

What are the sizes of Electrical Safety Mats?

We stock and sell a comprehensive range of electrical safety mats to suit various voltage requirements and applications.  As standard we sell matting in 3 widths: 914mm (3ft), 1000mm, 1220mm (4ft) and in any lengths from a metre to a full 10 metre roll.

We have the in-house capability to precision cut your matting to bespoke sizes if required, please contact our team for more information.

Where can I buy Electrical Safety Matting?

You can buy our stamped, non-slip surface electrical safety matting securely through our online store, available with fast nationwide delivery and competitive pricing. Please visit https://shop.deltarubber.co.uk/electrical-safety-matting.html

Contact Delta Rubber Limited

Contact Delta Rubber Limited for assistance with your energy project. From rubber components for EV Charging Points to specialist gasket manufacturing for hi-end Wind Turbines, we have the experience and commitment to make your project a success.

CALL: 01425 278011

EMAIL: deltasales@deltarubber.co.uk

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What is Polyurethane Rubber

Polyurethane Rubber

Polyurethane holds mechanical properties that give it the strength of rigid plastic combined with the elasticity of rubber

Polyurethane rubber is an elastomeric material made from polymers which has been adapted to produce a broad spectrum of products. Polyurethane holds mechanical properties that give it the strength of rigid plastic combined with the elasticity of rubber. Consequently, being an elastomer it has two main traits – elasticity and resiliency. In addition, Polyurethane Rubber is known for;

• Water, oil and grease resistant
• Strong bonding properties
• Electrical resistance
• High resiliency for wear/tear
• Moderate temperature resistance
• Impact absorption
• Good recovery when compressed

Where is it Used?

Due to its high resistance to abrasion and tears, it can be found in a number of products, from gaskets to paint rollers to gel pads. Due to its anti-vibration properties it is also commonly used in automotive, plant & machinery and other transportation sectors. It is also a popular material of choice for numerous parts such as gaskets, tubing, sheet, belts and hoses – all frequently used in automotive.

The low weight of elastomers and their machinability, also make Polyurethane rubber a great choice for dozens of applications in building and construction.

Are there any limits to Polyurethane Rubber?

Being a composite material, it is more costly than other alternative materials

Need any material advice or assistance?

Here at Delta Rubber, we are able to supply numerous products using a large variety of different grades of Polyurethane Rubber, including sheet, our online shop to buy Polyurethane Sheet direct, seals and gaskets.

Please contact us for our expert advice on materials for any project.

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What is Silicone Sponge

Silicone Sponge Rubber

Silicone Sponge is a closed cell elastomeric material which is expanded at the time it is heat cured

Silicone Sponge Rubber is a closed cell elastomeric material which is expanded at the time it is heat cured. This expansion process creates the closed cell sponge structure. In addition it is low toxicity and CFC free which makes it an environmentally friendly material.

It is very versatile due to its many desirable properties;

  • Low water absorption (<1%)
  • Excellent Ozone and UV resistance
  • Temperature tolerances -60c -230C
  • Excellent compression properties
  • Good thermal, acoustic and electrical insulator

 

Where can it be Used?

Silicone Sponge is often used with applications needing to seal against heat transfer or water in the form of either gaskets or seals. Its ozone and UV resistance along with waterproofing means it is perfect for use in many outdoor applications such as in the marine environment. It is also used for cushioning and vibration insulation, such as in aerospace and other transportation industries, where sound insulation is needed. Other more everyday applications include in lighting fittings, oven seals, and cooker hob seals. In addition, its sealant properties often mean that Silicone Sponge is the material of choice in the automotive sector.

 

Are there any limits to using Silicone Sponge Rubber?

Silicone Sponge is highly inert and does not react well with some chemicals and oil. It is also relatively weak and will tear easily.

 

Fun Fact! 

Silicone Sponge is usually white, as opposed to black which is so commonly associated with rubber products. However, it can also be found in rusty red/red oxide colour or blue.

 

Need any material advice or assistance?

Here at Delta Rubber, we are able to supply numerous products using a large variety of different grades of Silicone Sponge Rubber, including sheet, strip, seals and gaskets.

Please contact us for our expert advice on materials for any project.

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What is Nitrile Bonded Cork

Nitrile Bonded Cork

Nitrile Bonded Cork - cork granules bonded together using Nitrile rubber to give resilience and flexibility

Nitrile Bonded Cork is made from cork granules which are then bonded together using Nitrile rubber, which creates a brown material with black pigments of rubber. Mixing these two materials produces an economical material which has the resilience and flexibility of rubber combined with the compressibility of cork. In addition it has;

  • Good resistance to oil and other fuels
  • Temperature resistance -20C to +120C

 

Where can it be Used?

With the properties outlined above, Nitrile Bonded Cork is understandably an excellent material for multi purpose gaskets and other sealing solutions. It is also often found in anti-vibration settings, roller coverings, valve covers, electrical transformers and general seals, in numerous automotive and other general engineering applications. It may also be used in construction and plant & machinery environments, where anti vibration insulation and expansion joints/building spacers are needed.

 

Are there any limits to using Nitrile Bonded Cork?

This material should not be used where weather resistance is needed, and it has limited high temperature resistance.

 

Fun Fact! 

Cork is harvested from the Cork Tree, found in the Mediterranean and is combinable with many different rubber-based products. As well as Nitrile, there are several other rubber materials which can be combined to produce rubber compounds, including Neoprene cork, Silicone cork and moulded cork. Each display different attributes and qualities to suit varying application requirements.

 

Need any material advice or assistance?

Here at Delta Rubber, we are able to supply numerous products using a large variety of different grades of Nitrile Bonded Cork, including sheet, strip, seals and gaskets.

Please contact us for our expert advice on materials for any project.

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What is Viton Rubber

Viton Rubber Sheet Tubing

Viton is a high performance fluoroelastomer subcategorised into four grades; A, B, F and specialty types.

Viton Rubber is a high performance fluoroelastomer which was created in 1957. Viton is a synthetic rubber which can be subcategorised into four grades; A, B, F and specialty types. The different grades have varying fluorine content – the higher the fluorine level the greater the chemical resistance. The main advantages and properties of Viton Rubber are;

  • Outstanding resistance to broad range of fluids including aggressive fuels and chemicals
  • Heat resistant from -25C to 275C
  • Durability and hard wearing
  • High performance and good resistance to compression
  • Weather resistant

 

Where is Viton Rubber Used?

Due to its broad range of chemical resistance, Viton provides the best fluid resistance of any commercial rubber and so it is used frequently in automotive and aerospace for a variety of products including O rings and sealsgaskets, sheet, hosing and tubing. In addition, its high temperature tolerances lends itself to commonly being the material of choice in the energy sector, specifically the oil and gas industries as well as more generic industrial settings.

 

Are there any limits to using Viton?

Whilst it heat resistance is high, Viton is less tolerant to extreme cold temperatures below -20C, so other materials might be a better alternative in colder environments. We offer expert advice on rubber types and product suitability, please contact us for assistance with your project.

It is also one of the more costly rubber materials available.

 

Fun Fact! 

It is often very difficult to tell which material many rubber products are made out of at first glance, as they are nearly always black. However one way of telling if a gasket, seal or O ring is made of Viton rubber – they are normally green in colour or black with a green mark on the outer edge.

 

Need any material advice or assistance?

Here at Delta Rubber, we are able to supply numerous products using a large variety of different grades of Viton rubber, including rubber sheet and roll, rubber strip, seals and gaskets.

Please contact us for our expert advice on materials for any project.

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What is Neoprene Rubber

Neoprene Rubber

Neoprene also known as polychloroprene, was the first synthetic rubber invented by DuPont in the 1930s, as an oil resistant alternative to natural rubber

Neoprene Rubber is also known as polychloroprene, and was the first synthetic rubber invented by DuPont in the 1930s, as an oil resistant alternative to natural rubber. It is composed of polymerized chloroprene (carbon, hydrogen and chlorine polymers) which gives it a large number of desirable properties:

  • Extremely tough – it is abrasion and tear proof
  • Heat (-35C- 125C), chemical and oil resistant
  • Excellent elastic metal bonding ability
  • Adhesive and resistant to solvents
  • Weather/ozone and water resistant

 

Where is Neoprene Rubber Used?

As Neoprene has so many varying attributes and qualities, it is a very frequently used material in a whole range of industries. Neoprene Rubber’s chemical inertness makes it extremely valuable for many industrial applications including corrosion resistant coating. It is also commonly used for sealing gaskets. In addition it is often the material of choice in electrical applications as an insulator.

As it is also abrasion, tear and oil/solvent resistant, Neoprene Rubber is commonly used in the Automotive industry (window/door seals, belts, shock absorber seals) and its flexibility and durability also makes it a popular material in the medical arena.

Lastly its weathering and heat resistance qualities mean it is frequently used in the marine environment as well as construction (window seals, gaskets, washers, pads, O rings and Extrusions).

 

Are there any limits to Neoprene?

Neoprene has few practical limitations as it displays so many varied properties. It is higher in price than many other general purpose synthetic rubbers, but often its enhanced performance in many areas such as weathering resistance, oil/chemical resistance and durability make it a cost effective proposition for industry. Another slight downside is that Neoprene is not resistant to oxidizing acids and some other chemicals.

 

Fun Fact!

Neoprene is often the material of choice used in spacesuits and can also be found in many clothing items because of its flexibility and resilience. It is often a regular material in contemporary fashion with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Karl Lagerfeld and Alexander McQueen using it in their collections.

 

Need any material advice or assistance?

Here at Delta Rubber, we are able to supply numerous products using a large variety of different grades of Neoprene rubber, including rubber sheet and roll, rubber strip, seals and gaskets.

Please contact us for our expert advice on materials for any project.

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What is Natural Rubber

Natural Rubber

Natural Rubber - this rubber is obtained from a latex sap which is found in the cells of rubber tree bark

Natural Rubber is obtained from a latex sap which is found in the cells of rubber tree bark. Its main attributes are;

  • Flexibility and strength – resistant to cutting, tearing and abrasion.
  • Water resistance as well as being resistant to some chemicals
  • It has excellent tack properties so is able to stick to itself and other materials.
  • Temperature tolerance is between -51C to 80C

 

Where is Natural Rubber Used?

There are numerous applications of Natural Rubber, where a high level of wear and tear is needed. Popular for engineering applications; rollers, anti-vibration mounts, bearings, springs and adhesives. Natural Rubber is also a material of choice in the automotive and aerospace industries due to its strength and is also used in heat resistance – typically used in tyres, extrusions, gaskets, seals and other automotive parts. In addition, because of its adhesive properties Natural Rubber is often the material of choice in construction.

 

Are there any limits to using Natural Rubber?

Natural Rubber has limited resistance to damage from heat, light and ozone exposure, so broadly speaking is intolerant to extreme weather conditions. In addition, Natural Rubber is intolerant to oil and non-polar solvents.

 

Fun Fact!

Natural rubber is made from latex emulsion collected from a tree called Hevea Brasiliensis – which is widely known as the rubber tree. It is planted in very large plantations in tropical countries in Asia, such as Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. An average rubber tree yields 19 pounds of rubber latex annually. Trees are six years old before “tapping” for rubber begins, where the bark is cut into a V allowing the latex to drip out, collected and processed, and they may be tapped for up to 28 years.

 

Need any material advice or assistance?

Here at Delta Rubber, we are able to supply numerous products using a large variety of different grades of Natural rubber, including rubber sheet and roll, rubber strip, seals and gaskets.

Please contact us for our expert advice on materials for any project.

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What is Nitrile

Nitrile Rubber

Nitrile Rubber - a type of synthetic rubber polymer, also known as Buna – N or NBR (nitrile-butadiene rubber).

Nitrile is a type of synthetic rubber polymer, also known as Buna – N or NBR (nitrile-butadiene rubber). It’s main attributes are;

  • Oil resistance
  • Durability and tear/puncture resistance
  • Good temperature resistance (from -40C – +108C)

 

Where Is Nitrile Rubber Used?

Due to its oil resistance, Nitrile rubber is an ideal material for the automotive industry, commonly the material of choice for fuel hoses, gaskets, seals, o-rings and other products where oil resistance is required, as well as rubber strip and matting. Also, as result of its inherent strength and resiliency, Nitrile is used in several safety related applications.

Nitrile Rubber is also often the material of choice in Aerospace – used for self-sealing fuel tanks and bladders, and in Healthcare for adhesives, sealants, sponges and foams.

More generically, because of its durable properties, Nitrile is also use across industry in roll covers, conveyor belts, hydraulic hoses and industrial plant & machinery.

 

Does Nitrile have any weaknesses/limits to application?

The major drawback to using Nitrile is that it is intolerant to weathering, ozone and sunlight, which makes it impractical to use for outside applications. It also has little flame resistance, and is intolerant to most chemicals. Another slight drawback is that it is relatively inflexible compared to other materials.

 

Fun Fact!

The higher the acrylonite (ACN) content in a grade of Nitrile Rubber, the higher the oil resistance will be and stronger/less permeable from gases it becomes. However there is a trade off as increasing the ACN content and therefore its oil resistance,  will result in a worsening of its low temperature tolerance.

 

Need any material advice or assistance?

Here at Delta Rubber, we are able to supply numerous products using a large variety of different grades of Nitrile rubber, including rubber sheet and roll, rubber strip, seals and gaskets.

Please contact us for our expert advice on materials for any project.

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What is Silicone

Silicone Rubber

Silicone Rubber is a hugely adaptable and popular elastomer made from silicon, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen

Silicone Rubber is an elastomer made from silicon, carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. It is hugely adaptable and one of the most popular rubber materials supplied by Delta Rubber. Its main properties are;

  • Very flexible and lightweight
  • Extreme temperature resistance (-60C up to +270C)
  • Environmental resistance from water, ozone, UV and general weathering
  • It is a sterile elastomer
  • High electrical insulation properties

 

Where is it Used?

As Silicone Rubber has so many useful and adaptable properties it is frequently used across many types of industries. Its weathering durability makes it popular in construction (adhesives, sealants, coatings) and the marine environment. As it is also a flexible compound it is also used in aerospace (tooling, coatings, adhesives, seals, gaskets), and its sterile and biocompatible nature makes it a popular choice in the medical and healthcare instances (tubing, adhesives, seals, catheters etc.) and food and beverage (tubing, seals, gaskets) sectors.

In addition, it is commonly used in the automotive industry due to its flexibility, which makes it a great shock absorber and its heat/oil fuel resistance.   Silicone, with its excellent insulation properties is also a frequent material of choice in the electrical/electronics industry

 

Are there any limits to using Silicone?

One of the major drawbacks from using Silicone is that is relatively expensive compared to other rubber materials available. It also displays a poor tear strength as it does not offer very high abrasion resistance or strength. In addition some silicone rubbers can be bulky or thick in appearance if aesthetics are a consideration.

 

Fun Fact!

During COVID-19 in Spring 2020, Delta Rubber supplied silicone straps and foam pads to a number of major PPE equipment manufacturers in desperate need of component supplies. We were cutting parts and dispatching the same day to support the production of 15,000+ much needed facemasks for the NHS, at the height of the pandemic. If you’re in the Healthcare sector, please view the Healthcare page on our website to see how we can help you with your project.

 

Need any material advice or assistance?

Here at Delta Rubber, we are able to supply numerous products using a large variety of different grades of Silicone, including Silicone rubber sheet, Rubber Strip, Seals, Gaskets and Extrusions.

Please contact us for our expert advice on materials for any project.

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What is EPDM

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EPDM is the commonly used name for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer Rubber – a synthetic, versatile rubber material.

The main properties of EPDM are;

  • Outstanding heat tolerance(-50C to +120C),
  • Ozone, UV and weathering resistance.
  • Low electrical conductivity
  • Excellent elasticity which adheres to and bonds easily with other materials

Thanks to its wide range of tolerances along with its low cost, EPDM is one of the most adaptable and frequently used rubber materials in a wide range of industries and is ideal for outdoor applications.

 

Where is EPDM Rubber Used?

EPDM is most widely used in automotive (door and window seals, boot and bonnet seals) and construction (window seals, waterproofing sheets and gaskets) due to its excellent resistance to environmental factors as identified above. It is also being increasingly used for flat roofing because of its durability and low maintenance costs. EPDM is also often the first rubber material of choice in HVAC and Heating due to its low electrical conductivity, and its extreme temperature and weathering tolerances.

It is also used in almost all types of applications as a universal material suitable for cleaning and sterilization processes. Typical applications are filling, dispensing, pumps, pipe and flange gaskets, valves, homogenizers, decanters and heat exchangers.  It also exhibits satisfactory compatibility with fireproof hydraulic fluids.

Being such a versatile rubber, EPDM is therefore used to make many different products such as Sheet, Matting, O Rings, Gaskets, Washers, Extrusions and Mouldings. Here at Delta Rubber we can help you with a huge choice of off-the-shelf EPDM products as well as rubber product manufacturing to suit your specific requirements.

 

Are there any limits to EPDM’s adaptability?

EPDM is an extremely popular material, however whilst it is a good sealant for water-based chemicals and vegetable based hydraulic oils, with anything more corrosive such as petro-chemical or halogenated solvents EPDM should not be considered.

 

Fun Fact!

Delta Rubber were the proud supplier of EPDM replacement rollers for the Babbage Engine Inking Roller at The Computer History Museum, Mountain View, California.

 

Need any material advice or assistance?

Here at Delta Rubber, we are able to supply numerous products using a large variety of different grades of EPDM, including, rubber strip, rubber sheet and roll, seals and gaskets.

Please contact us for our expert advice on materials for any project.

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