Clamp pads are an integral part of warehouse, distribution and material handling processes. These forklift attachments are made of steel or aluminum and coated with a rib-designed rubber that allows for easier handling of rolls, barrels, boxes and much more.
Steel may be one of the strongest metals used in heavy duty equipment, but it can only take so much impact, abrasion, and corrosion before it fails. And that’s why we created our bolted liner product line, arguably one of the most heavy-duty lining systems on the market today.
What you may already know is that Abrasiplate™ is a rubber-faced plate that protects metal surfaces from the abuse of abrasion, corrosion, friction, and impact. You may also know that studies have shown protected metals can last up to 10 times longer than unprotected metals.
Some things are just meant to go together. Rubber and urethane, for one. Two things that never go together, though? Bare metal forklift clamps and inventory.
Sioux Rubber & Urethane recently partnered with one of the largest paper-based honeycomb manufacturers in the U.S. to pit the HawkPad against one of the toughest die-cutting environments in the industry.
Both rubber and urethane are excellent products with a wide variety of uses in today’s industrial world. Some of which overlap and many that don’t. The three main areas of emphasis for these products are abrasion, impact and corrosion. Once you narrow down what type of issue you are trying to combat and what is causing it you can much more easily select a product to best suit your needs.
In most cases a vulcanized rubber to metal bond is significantly stronger than a glued on or cold bond although there are advantages to both. Even though the vulcanized bond is stronger it is a more labor intensive process needing more machinery to accomplish which ultimately leads to a more expensive product. So depending on the need for bond strength in any specific application or project will determine which process/product will best suit your needs.
Topics: Rubber Products