2008 saw gas prices climb to an all-time high. Indeed, on July 1, 2008, the
national average price for a gallon of gasoline climbed to $4.087. It isn't
surprising then that hybrid vehicle sales also experienced an increase in
popularity. What might be surprising is the use of rubber molding technology
that is found in these fuel-saving and environmentally friendly vehicles.
Wikipedia defines a hybrid vehicle as "a vehicle that uses two or more
distinct power sources to move the vehicle." Because they are powered by at
least one alternative to gas, hybrid automobiles were all the rage back when gas
topped $4/gallon. Even now that the price at the pump is dropping, Americans are
still drawn to these vehicles. They know all too well that another fuel crisis
could be just around the corner, but they're also sold on the eco-friendly
design of hybrid autos.
One of the unique aspects that owners of hybrid vehicles might see in their
21st century modes of transportation is rubber molding components. In
particular, Auto Answers recently noted that "most windshields have a rubber
molding with a border on it that lies tightly against the frame. In cold
weather, this rubber would contract slightly and it might pucker up a little
just enough to catch the air flowing over it, causing it to buzz or vibrate. In
warmer weather, the rubber expands and flattens out Launch
CReader 4001, causing the noise to go with it." By taking "special care with
the [rubber] molding material, any loose fitting problems that could create a
vibration or other noise later" can be avoided maxidas
A world leader in custom rubber molding and rubber-to-metal bonding can
assist hybrid vehicle manufacturers in releasing the best possible product.
That's important in an industry that's currently rife with financial problems,
where hybrid models are one of only a very few bright spots.
Hundreds of different SPC-certified custom rubber parts are produced for
companies throughout the United States, including those in the automobile
industry. Hybrid auto manufacturers that are looking to launch a quality product
should look to a leading manufacturer of custom molded rubber and
rubber-to-metal bonded parts with a modern manufacturing plant that is staffed
by personnel with many years of experience. A rubber molding specialist that
offers compression, transfer and injection molding services is a mark of
excellence and should be the type hybrid vehicle manufacturers seek out for a
reliable source for high-quality rubber parts.
Some of the custom rubber molded parts hybrid vehicle manufacturers might
consider standard installation on their automobiles are complex shaded parts
that include pump impellers, gear shift boots for off road equipment, silicone
steering column seals, control panel switch covers and gas pump nozzle gaskets.
Relevant rubber-to-metal parts also include cylinder seals with Viton or high
acrylic nitrile bonded to aluminum, brass, stainless steel or nylon, electric
motor mounts with neoprene bonded to brass or cadmium plated steel, flapper
valves with rubber bonded to cast aluminum, idler rollers with neoprene bonded
to steel, air spring bumpers with high abrasive SBR bonded to anodyzed steel and
square bonded center mounts.Carmen Fontana is a Web Services Manager for
Western Reserve Internet Services. Karman Rubber produces SPC-certified custom