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Which Elastomer Is Best For Your Project | Find Out Now

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Understanding Polymers In Custom Manufacturing A basic understanding of polymers can be incredibly helpful when creating a new part from rubber or plastic. It is important to choose the right material to ensure product performance and longevity.  It takes many years of experience to reach "expert" status in the rubber and plastic industry.

With over half a century of manufacturing under our belt, we have deep understanding of what is involved in the selection, preparation and testing of materials. The heavy lifting can be left to our experts, but for those looking for a fundamental understanding of polymers, read on…..

Definition of Polymer"A substance that has a molecular structure consisting chiefly or entirely of a large number of similar units bonded together, e.g., many synthetic organic materials used as plastics and resins."

POLYMERS can be classified into three categories:
Plastics Rubber & ElastomersFibers 
The rubber industry only has a few natural poly…

Central Vacuum Pipe Manufacturing

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Quality American Supplier of
Central Vacuum Pipe



Central vacuum pipe is used with all residential central vacuum systems, and is an important part of creating a long-lasting product that works well for your customers. Central vac pipe differs from plumbing grade tubing and typically is manufactured with a 2” outside diameter (OD). Central vacuum pipe is produced with a completely smooth interior which allows dirt and other small particles to flow freely, and prohibits clogging in the pipe.


The ASTM F2158 standard is the industrial guideline for central vacuum pipe and is a best choice. Local inspectors often look for the ASTM designation as assurance the central vac system is of higher quality.

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Vip Rubber and Plastic can manufacture custom central vacuum pipe and tube to meet the ASTM specifications. We can also create custom lengths, colors, and print alignment marks, numbers, or personalized text on any of our pipes. 
Since 1961, we have been a family owned and oper…

Storing Rubber And Plastic Parts | 5 Tips You Need To Know

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Summer is in full swing across the nation and temperatures are rising.  Both rubber and plastic can be reactive to changes in environment, making storage critically important for maintaining the integrity of your parts.  Several factors such as exposure to oxygen, ozone, light, heat, humidity, oils, water, or other solvents can affect the performance of your rubber and plastic parts. These factors can be minimized by proper storage conditions.  
1. CONTROL STORAGE TEMPERATUREMaterials can change in dimension based upon exposure to extreme temperatures.  In particular, rubber is susceptible to these changes because it has a high coefficient of friction.  It is ideal to keep materials stored in temperatures between 40°F and 80°F.  Higher temps will cause products to soften, while colder temps cause stiffening.  If your parts are out of tolerance after being stored, be sure to allow them to stabilize for 24 hours in a milder environment.

2. CONTROL STORAGE HUMIDITYSome materials are prone …

A Manufacturing Company With A Community Heart

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Oh how I love community! 
There is no better feeling than giving back to the people and places that give so much to you. So you can imagine my excitement when I learned we had been asked to assist in manufacturing parts for an exhibit at the La Habra Children’s Museum, located right around the corner from our facility. I have been to that museum many times myself, and have even taken my own children.
The children's museum was building an exhibit called the “Ocean Zone”, which focuses on the different depths and zones of the ocean, and how each one supports its own life forms. Not only does the exhibit focus on life undersea, but it also aims to teach children about conservation, and the harmful effects of global warming.
Our lead estimator Steve Prog, who has been with us since 1989, managed this project with the museum curator, Lisa Reckon. Lisa has been involved with the museum for 17 years, and is very excited about this particular exhibit and its potential to raise environmental …

The Truth About Custom Manufacturing

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In a one-size-fits-all world, where immediate returns and instant gratification rule, some things are worth waiting for.  Some things must be planned, well- designed, carefully crafted and handled with care. This is particularly true when it comes to the custom manufacturing process.  Of course, many items are standard, and an off-the-shelf item may work perfectly fine. However, in many cases, the line between success and failure could depend on one single component.  Sometimes an application calls for a part that does not yet exist.  And this is the world in which custom manufacturing lives.  It fills the gap between a problem and it's solution.  This type of manufacturing is meant to evolve as a customer’s project evolves.  To flex alongside it's customer in formation and creation, with a partnership that ultimately creates a fully functioning and successful end product.
I remember going to one of my favorite authentic Mexican restaurants and reading the sign on the wall as I…