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Video: Executive of Year Rick Valeriote follows his father's footsteps
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GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote learned a lot of his values in working for his father, Joe, during the early years of his career at Silcofab, the rubber product firm founded by the elder...
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GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote learned a lot of his values in working for his father, Joe Valeriote. GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote learned a lot of his values in working for his father, Joe Valeriote. $GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote learned a lot of his values in working for his father, Joe Valeriote.
Wacky World of Rubber: Christmas songs played by a rubber band
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As the holidays approach, who isn't looking for a way to incorporate their love of rubber bands into the celebration? I wasn't sure what to expect from "A Rubber Band Christmas," which seems to...
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I wasn't sure what to expect from "A Rubber Band Christmas," which seems to be a collection of holiday songs played primarily on rubber bands. I wasn't sure what to expect from "A Rubber Band Christmas," which seems to be a collection of holiday songs played primarily on rubber bands. $I wasn't sure what to expect from "A Rubber Band Christmas," which seems to be a collection of holiday songs played primarily on rubber bands.
Executive of the year: Rick Valeriote leaves impression on industry
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GUELPH, Ontario—When Wasif Khan worked as part of the former DuPont Dow joint venture for automotive applications, he partnered with Rick Valeriote on several projects, including converting...
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GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote's passion, intelligence and creativity have been an inspiration to many. His impact on the industry was among the reasons he was selected as the 2017 Executive of the Year. GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote's passion, intelligence and creativity have been an inspiration to many. His impact on the industry was among the reasons he was selected as the 2017 Executive of the Year. $GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote's passion, intelligence and creativity have been an inspiration to many. His impact on the industry was among the reasons he was selected as the 2017 Executive of the Year.
Driven by emotion: Designing the auto interiors of the future
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DETROIT—How do you want to feel? That was the grand rhetorical question posed by Gaia Crippa, a London-based materials specialist and colors, materials and finishes designer at Chris...
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How do you want to feel when you're inside the vehicle of the future—it'll be autonomous, by the way—and what role do materials play in evoking positive emotions in passengers? How do you want to feel when you're inside the vehicle of the future—it'll be autonomous, by the way—and what role do materials play in evoking positive emotions in passengers? $How do you want to feel when you're inside the vehicle of the future—it'll be autonomous, by the way—and what role do materials play in evoking positive emotions in passengers?
Executive of the year: Rick Valeriote's son, employees proud to work for him
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GUELPH, Ontario—Geoff Valeriote hears from skeptics all the time who can't believe he works for his father. But he says these people don't know what it's like to work for his dad, Rick...
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GUELPH, Ontario—Geoff Valeriote hears from skeptics all the time who can't believe he works for his father. But he says these people don't know what it's like to work for his dad, Rick Valeriote. GUELPH, Ontario—Geoff Valeriote hears from skeptics all the time who can't believe he works for his father. But he says these people don't know what it's like to work for his dad, Rick Valeriote. $GUELPH, Ontario—Geoff Valeriote hears from skeptics all the time who can't believe he works for his father. But he says these people don't know what it's like to work for his dad, Rick Valeriote.
Executive of the year: Rick Valeriote leads by example
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GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote has been part of the rubber industry for more than four decades. The journey has taken him from working for his dad, to being a CEO before he was 30. From...
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GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote has been part of the rubber industry for more than four decades. GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote has been part of the rubber industry for more than four decades. $GUELPH, Ontario—Rick Valeriote has been part of the rubber industry for more than four decades.
Cooper Tire to lay off 80 employees
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FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has confirmed it will lay off 80 people in North America. The firm said in an emailed statement that it has reorganized certain departments,...
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FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire will eliminate 80 salaried positions in North America. FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire will eliminate 80 salaried positions in North America. $FINDLAY, Ohio—Cooper Tire will eliminate 80 salaried positions in North America.
Editorial: Elastomer Valley group advocates for Quebec firms
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Much has been in the news lately about the negotiations to re-work the North American Free Trade Agreement. But a lot of those discussions have focused on the U.S. and Mexico, particularly because ...
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There is one association that has quietly championed the rubber industry in Quebec for years. And because of its dedication, the Elastomer Valley group has helped keep rubber manufacturing thriving in Canada. There is one association that has quietly championed the rubber industry in Quebec for years. And because of its dedication, the Elastomer Valley group has helped keep rubber manufacturing thriving in Canada. $There is one association that has quietly championed the rubber industry in Quebec for years. And because of its dedication, the Elastomer Valley group has helped keep rubber manufacturing thriving in Canada.
Rol-Tec investment brings new machine
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ASHWAUBENON, Wis.—Rol-Tec Inc. has invested in a second precision laser engraving machine to meet growing demand for in-the-round flexo printing sleeves and cylinders.This second Kronos...
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ASHWAUBENON, Wis.óRol-Tec has invested in a second precision laser engraving machine to meet growing demand for in-the-round flexo printing sleeves and cylinders. ASHWAUBENON, Wis.óRol-Tec has invested in a second precision laser engraving machine to meet growing demand for in-the-round flexo printing sleeves and cylinders. $ASHWAUBENON, Wis.óRol-Tec has invested in a second precision laser engraving machine to meet growing demand for in-the-round flexo printing sleeves and cylinders.
Wacky World of Rubber: Something's popping
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Visiting Grandma, there were certain things you could count on. You knew, for instance, that there would be cookies in the cookie jar, and that she was going to challenge you to a game of rummy....
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Visiting Grandma, there were certain things you could count on. You knew, for instance, that she would insist on making some popcorn in the hot-air popper. Visiting Grandma, there were certain things you could count on. You knew, for instance, that she would insist on making some popcorn in the hot-air popper. $Visiting Grandma, there were certain things you could count on. You knew, for instance, that she would insist on making some popcorn in the hot-air popper.
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Published on January 1, 2005

Recycling of Cured Fluoroelastomer for Cost Control and Improved Performance

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This Report has been authored by:Dennis Lancaster at Fluoroelastomer Recycling Systems Inc.

Effective yield in some manufacturing plants producing thermoset rubber can be as low as 50%. Much of the waste stream is clean, cured or partially cured rubber generated by transfer and injector runners, flash trimmings, and defective parts. The very nature of the fluoroelastomer (FKM) curing system prohibits effective devulcanization. Traditionally these materials have been considered waste and are land filled. No efficient method of reusing it is widely accepted. FKM compounds are the most costly of all rubber materials used today. They can also be challenging to manufacture in some applications. This paper discusses a commercially available process owned by Rexhide Industries of Tyler, Texas that is designed exclusively to recycle cured fluoroelastomer (FKM) waste. The patented mechanical grinding process is capable of reducing cured or partially cured materials into particles consistently less than 100 microns or even smaller. Once processed into these powders the material can then be incorporated back into virgin polymer or into rubber compound with little or no adverse effects on the compound’s processing in the factory or performance in the application. This paper describes the cautions one should be aware of when attempting to recycle FKM. It will address the obstacles one may encounter using the materials and describes techniques to overcome these issues. SEM, EDX, FTIR and TGA methods are used to analyze the particulates generated by the process. The processing effects of the rubber compound are illustrated by mooney viscosity, rheology and RPA or Rubber Processing Analyzer and rubber flow index. Compound performance is characterized by testing the cured FKM compound through ASTM D-2000 M2HK A1-10 B38 EF31 EO78. Processing improvements as well as cost savings are available to rubber fabricators using materials from this process.

 
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