Autoclave Systems for Rubber Treatment

Rubber is a fascinating product.

It can is used in various items, such as the tires your automobile rides on, the hose you use to water your garden, or the hydraulics used to steer the aircraft you take on your next vacation.

Even though each of these products is unique in their form and purpose, they share two common attributes: They are made of rubber, and the product it is processed within an autoclave.

Autoclaves in the rubber-hose industry are called many names, such as an autoclave, vulcanizer, retort, or curing ovens.

However, they all the same type of tank or vessel.

Rubber products are manufactured in many different ways, but one common part of the process is vulcanization of the rubber product inside an autoclave.

Vulcanization, a process named after the Roman god Vulcan, cures the rubber product into its final form.

For example, the rubber hose is usually created in four significant steps.

  1. The rubber inner tube of the hose is formed.
  2. Reinforcing material is then applied to the exterior of the inner tube.
  3. The reinforcing material is covered with a rubber hose cover. At this point, the hose is complete in its raw form.
  4. The raw hose is placed inside an autoclave where the vulcanization of the hose occurs, and its final shape is set.

Our company designs, manufactures and installs autoclaves used for curing rubber products.

We’ve built many different autoclave systems for manufacturers of hydraulic hose, shaped hose, and nail gun hose.

This includes processes that used a rigid mandrel, flexible mandrel, and no mandrel.

We also manufacture autoclaves for tire retreading.

Not only can we provide you with the autoclave, but also all the related equipment you need for your autoclave to operate – including the piping, valves, instrumentation, and automated computer system.

Do you need to update or replace your autoclave, curing oven, retort, or vulcanizer – and wondering how to go about it?

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on 10/4/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.

Author: Jeffrey Lippincott

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