Here at Sioux Rubber & Urethane, we’re experts in tackling abrasion, impact, and corrosion issues. Our solutions work for many applications in a broad spectrum of industries; mining and aggregate, agriculture, and manufacturing – just to name a few. Whether you need to extend the life of a grain spout or protect the bed of a dump truck from damage, we have the perfect solution.
What is Urethane?
We like to think of polyurethane as the middle sibling of plastic and rubber; it has some traits of both materials that combine to make a product that is uniquely useful. Generally speaking, polyurethane is a mixture of two (or more) liquid chemicals - a prepolymer and a curative- that when combined at the proper ratio and temperatures produce a chemical reaction that results in a solid chemical product.
What Makes Urethane Great?
We created Endurawear, our patented polyurethane blend, to provide superior protection and enhance the performance of your machinery. There are many ways to customize a urethane blend to maximize its potential for protecting any given application. Numerous additives can be included in the blend to modify the appearance and characteristics of the finished product. Additives can be simple, such as pigments to alter the color of the finished product, and they can also be complex. We have been known to add graphite, fiberglass, Kevlar, and ceramic chips to provide certain unique properties. One of the most common variants in polyurethane is durometer (hardness). Polyurethane can be cast as soft as 20 Shore A (like a rubber band) up to a 90 Shore D (such as nylon, or a military combat helmet). The unique properties, the flexibility, and the options for customization make Urethane the perfect product for even the toughest jobs.
How Is it Used?
The flexible nature of Urethane lends it to many applications in a variety of industries - it’s one of the things that we love about it! We regularly use it for impact-resistant coatings, abrasion-resistant coatings, roller coverings, spout liners, sheet products, and custom molded parts. It can be poured into molds or sprayed to provide the perfect coating or covering for your application. It truly is a wonder product!
When we started Sioux Rubber & Urethane 60+ years ago, we were driven by the many ways that rubber and urethane can prolong the lifetime of equipment, saving the operators money and time. This is still the motivation that drives us as we continue to innovate solutions and blends that serve our mission. Are you wondering about a urethane solution to solve your abrasion, corrosion, or impact issue? Even if you think we’ve never seen something like it before, trust us – we love a challenge! Give us a call today for a fast and free quote.