INDIANAPOLIS—The Association for Rubber Products Manufacturers released its new SP-913 Technical Guidance Document for State of Cure.
The release marks the first collection of vetted and proven methods to address the cure state of rubber, F. Joseph Walker, chair of the ARPM Sealing committee and Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies global technology director materials & laboratory services, said in an ARPM release.
"The direct relationship between rubber's performance characteristics and the state of cure is of principal importance," Walker said. "Therefore control of the cure state of manufactured rubber articles provides greater consistency in the performance of the articles during use thereby improving their quality and allows for more consistent process control during their manufacture."
The technical guide provides a peer-reviewed series of methods to measure and control consistency and quality of fabricated rubber articles," Walker said. It conforms to ISO/IEC 17025 §188.8.131.52.
It was drafted and approved by the member representatives of the Sealing Technical committee. ARPM acknowledged member companies for their contribution, including 3M Advanced Materials Division, AGC Chemicals Americas, Amsted Seals and Forming, Akron Rubber Development Labs, Consolidated Metco Inc., Fiat Chyrsler, Fluid Sealing L.L.C., Ford Motor Co., Ford Transmission Driveline Eng, Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, Grace Technology and Development, SKF Sealing Solutions, Chemours Co. L.L.C., Trelleborg Sealing Solutions Americas, Zeon Chemicals L.P. and Waker Chemical.
All ARPM technical standards are reviewed every five years, in accordance with ISO standards. The SP-913 Technical Guidance Document for State of Cure is available for free for members and $150 for non-members at arpminc.com/publications/category/sealing-products.