Complex, high-precision rubber and elastomer parts resist stress and damage from outdoor environments. Soucy offers expertise in analyzing and controlling noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) for all rubber parts. The geometry and rubber compound are optimized so that the part has the properties desired, while also offering the advantage of reduced noise and vibration.
Over 400,000 pucks are produced every year for the NHL.
Rubber: a piece of cake?
Over 20 ingredients go into a rubber compound.
From shoes to motorcycles parts
A single line can manufacture both shoe soles and motorcycle parts.
A RANGE OF POSSIBILITIES
Rubber vulcanization, combined with a high-quality compound, produces a part that is highly resistant to weather conditions, wear and tear, heat, abrasion and radiation. Soucy analyzes the part’s geometry, as well as the environment in which it will be used and its estimated annual usage (EAU), to determine which rubber molding process is most suitable. Elastomer can also be used to coat a metal or plastic insert, which is called overmolding. Bonding rubber to metal in this way combines the qualities of both materials.
Compression and Transfer Molding
Compression molding consists of placing the material in the cavity of the mold, which is then heated under pressure. This technique requires little to no trimming, which cuts down on material losses. Soucy’s existing facilities can produce large quantities of parts with this process. Transfer molding is placing a piece of rubber in a heated shooting pot that, through the effect of compression when the mold is closed, transfers the material into the cavities of the mold.
This process consists of plasticizing a specific volume of injected compound under a rotating screw to reach the cavities of the mold and shape the product. The injection molding process produces parts of different sizes and complexities with multiple types of rubber, in black or in different colors.
Soucy has rubber mixing facilities in Quebec and in China. With over 600 pieces of equipment dedicated to mixing, manufacturing, testing and validation, on a surface area of 125,000 sq. ft., Soucy produces a large volume of high-quality parts. Facilities are also equipped with testing laboratories to check how the rubber behaves and ensure parts conformity.