With any type of part or component where contact with another metal part is a concern, the choice of rubber to metal bonding is a fast, effective, and reliable way to prevent direct metal to metal contact.
In most cases, rubber to metal bonding is used on parts to prevent issues with surface wear and tear. However, it is also used frequently, particularly in the automotive industry, to prevent vibration noise within a specific part of the vehicle. This is also the reason it is used in industrial applications, including equipment, machines, and systems.
By using rubber to metal bonding, there is no need to add a separate rubber component between parts. However, it is essential that the process is completed correctly to prevent the separation of the rubber from the metal surface, which reduces or eliminates the value of the additional protection.
When bonding rubber to metal, both the substrate (the metal surface) as well as the bonding material has to be carefully selected. Incorrectly pairing these two factors, or more specifically in choosing the incorrect bonding material, results in poor adhesion of the rubber to the metal.
At the same time, the adhesive must also be the right choice for the specific type of rubber, as well as the application. As there are multiple options to choose from, trusting an experienced company to match all materials is the best option.
Issues with the Process
Every step in the process of rubber to metal bonding from prepping the surface of the substrate to curing the parts all have an impact on the quality of the bond. As with the selection of the materials, experienced providers are able to tailor all steps of the process to maximize the quality of the bond, providing a durable, long-lasting solution.