Did You Know? Quick Rubber Facts
Where does rubber come from?
Natural latex rubber consists of the sap of the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis, also known as the Para rubber tree. In order to harvest the sap, processing plants make diagonal incisions into the bark of the tree to direct the sap into buckets. Although the Hevea brasiliensis is native to South America, rubber manufacturers, which are mostly based in Asia, have planted their own forests to ease production logistics.
What was used to erase before rubber was invented?
People utilized anything from soft bread to wax and even bits of rough stone to remove mistakes from paper (aka papyrus). However, it wasn’t until 1770 that an English Engineer used rubber and discovered that it worked well to remove pencil marks. But it wasn’t until 1839 that it became a household item thanks to Charles Goodyear. Eraser History
How many products does Aero Rubber sell?
While you could say we manufacture over 20 products, you could also argue that we sell an infinite number of products because all of our rubber products are custom. Additionally, we produce various types of rubber bands. We specialize in providing large production runs of custom rubber products. Our major categories include:
Custom Rubber Products
Matting, sheeting, rolls, cord, gaskets & seals, hose, sleeves, tubing & more!
- For Freezer, Warehouse, or Outdoor
- Tuff Job Bands (Drum Liner Bands)
- Moving Bands
- All Weather
PromoStretch® Silicone Advertising Bands
How large is the largest rubber band ball?
The measurement took place during the celebrations of Guinness World Records Day 2008.
At least 700,000 rubber bands of various sizes were used for the ball. The rubber band ball took 4 years to finish, is 6 ft 7 in high, and weighs 9,032.34 lbs. Largest Rubber Band Ball
Is rubber recyclable?
Yes! Rubber can be repurposed or broken down and remade into new products. You will find it in many places in your everyday life.
If you’ve ever walked on a rubber mulch playground or turf field that is likely recycled rubber. Many times recycled rubber is used outdoors or to make soft quiet walking surfaces. However, it can be made into other products as well.
What’s a “standard” size rubber band?
All rubber bands have a designated number to indicate their size. Typically, the most ordered sizes are #16, 32, 33, and 64. While there is no standard size, many people consider #64 (3.5″ x .25″) rubber bands that are used to bundle mail standard.
However, at Aero, we go beyond the standard. With Aero, you can choose from a wide range of rubber bands. From extremely tiny to extra large, we can customize any band for your needs.
Our size chart can assist you in understanding the sizing. On the chart, you will discover very small rubber bands from size 7 (.75″ x .0625″) to much larger rubber bands over 8″ in flat length. But those are not the largest sizes you can purchase. If you continue to explore our offerings, our Tuff Job Bands and Pallet Bands are some of our largest bands. They range from 24″ to 128″ in circumference.
How is rubber made?
Once the sap of the rubber tree is harvested, it’s filtered and mixed in with other compounds so the particles will stick together. The product is then pressed into sheets and set out to dry before it’s processed and ready to be converted into materials and products that you use every day. See the process in action here.
How many types of rubber are there?
The combinations of rubber types seem endless. From natural rubber to synthetic rubber you can find unique formulations that make rubber resilient in many different situations. One type of rubber will work well in outdoor conditions, another will be ideal for hospital use and others work in industrial harsh environments that use chemicals or oils.
Since so many rubber compounds we use today are synthetic, new mixtures are always being made to fit current trends in rubber products. Aero Rubber offers dozens of rubber compounds, which are all suited to different environments. Check out our favorite elastomers and where they work best.
How are rubber products made?
You may not realize that rubber bands begin as an extruded tube. The most popular methods of rubber product manufacturing are producing products from molds, extrusions, or fabricating them using additional tools and processes.
Molded rubber products are created by allowing the rubber to cool in a container the shape of the final product.
Extrusions differ by having the rubber pushed through a machine and forced through a die to create the proper profile. You’ll find many seals started out as extrusions.
And finally, there are many different fabrication methods that can be employed to enhance a product. Some include splicing extrusions together, adding pressure-sensitive adhesive, or cutting the rubber with lathe, die, or water jet cutting.