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    Expert technical advice and product knowledge

    Reglin Rubber has an expert sales team with extensive product knowledge and application experience.

    Reglin Rubber offer technical support for their full range of products allowing us to assist in advising the best product for your application.  The information on our website and in this glossary are based on our experience and understanding and is designed to give a basic overview of our product range.

    For advice on your specific application please contact us to speak with our team of specialists.

    PRODUCT CLASSIFICATION

    The most suitable product to be used in an any application will be ultimately defined by its specific requirements.  However, as a general guide we have classified our range of products into 3 grades.  These grades incorporate the products physical properties as well as suitability and expected performance in their intended application.

    Highest grade available with excellent physical properties designed for critical applications.
    Sheet rubber products will have the highest polymer content possible to ensure maximum properties of the product.

    Superior grade with good physical properties, designed for specific applications.

    Economical grade with moderate physical properties and is priced accordingly.

    TECHNICAL INFORMATION

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    STANDARDS

    Conforms to requirements of BfR (German Recommendations on Food contact) I/D 150: XV Silicones

    Conforms to requirements of FDA (Federal Drug Administration) Code of Federal regulations Title 21, Part 177, Sec. 177.2600 Rubber Articles intended for repeated use. (FDA 21 CFR 177.2600)

    Conforms to requirements of EC (European Commission)

    Food contact Materials regulation No 1935/2004

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    Conforms to the requirements of the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) flame retardant standard ISO 340 Conveyor Belts – Laboratory scale flammability characteristics -Requirements and Test Methods.

    Tested and certified to conform to MDG 3608 Non-metallic materials for use in underground coal mines.

    Clause 3.3.1.1, 3.3.1.2 and 3.3.1.3 for use as a minor conveyor accessory

    Approved to Australian Standard (AS) 4020:2018 Testing of products for use in contact with drinking water

    Approved to WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme)

    Meets the requirements of WRAS for hot and cold potable water up to 85°C in accordance with BS6920

    Approval No 1310541 (pending approval)

    DESCRIPTION OF TERMS

    BfR

    The BfR is the scientific agency of the Federal Republic of Germany which is responsible for preparing expert reports and opinions on food and feed safety as well as on the safety of substances and products. In this context, the Institute plays an important role in improving consumer protection and food safety.

    Dielectric Strength

    Dielectric Strength is the maximum electric field that a rubber can withstand without experiencing failure of its insulating properties. The higher the Dielectric Strength the better the rubber will insulate and resist the passage of electric current without breaking down.

    Duro

    Duro (Durometer Shore A) is a measurement scale for the hardness of rubber. Rubber will typically be within a range of 35-70 Duro. 35 Duro being the softest, most flexible and compressible and 70 Duro being the hardest.

    Elastic

    Elastic is a description of the ability of rubber to return to its original form after being subjected to either compression or tension forces. Highly elastic rubber will withstand permanent deformation when exposed to these forces and will return to its original state over a much longer period of time.

    European Commission (EC)

    The EC provides a harmonised legal EU framework for food contact materials regulations. It sets out the general principles of safety and inertness for all Food Contact Materials.  The purpose of this Regulation is to ensure the effective functioning of the internal market in relation to the placing on the market in the Community of materials and articles intended to come into contact directly or indirectly with food, whilst providing the basis for securing a high level of protection of human health and the interests of consumers.

    Extractable Levels 

    Extractable levels are the amount of chemicals that can escape into a liquid from rubber when it is in prolonged exposure with that liquid.

    FDA (Food and Drug Administration)

    The FDA is the US Federal agency responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices, and by ensuring the safety of food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.

    FDA Extractable Limits 

    FDA Extractable limits are the maximum allowable total extractives that can occur when a rubber conforms to the FDA 21 CFR 177.2600 specification.

    Food Safe

    Food safe means that a product is suitable for use in food and drink industry applications.  This is based on the ingredients used to make the product as well as its physical properties.  Some products are also tested and conform to specific global food standards.  This is a guide only and it important to ensure that the product is suitable for your food or drink application prior to use.

    Food Grade

    Food Grade confirms that a product has been tested and conforms to FDA 21 CFR 177.2600 “Rubber articles intended for repeated use”

    International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

    ISO is an independent, non-governmental international organization made up of national standards bodies who prepare International Standards through ISO technical committees in accordance with the rules given in the ISO/IEC Directives, part 2.

    Mine Safety Technology Centre 

    The Mine Safety Technology Centre is staffed by specialised mine safety scientists and engineers, providing testing and research projects, as well as training. The role of the Mine Safety Technology Centre is pivotal in ensuring that the highest standards of mine safety are set and maintained for mines in NSW.

    Post Cured

    Post curing is an essential secondary curing process performed on rubber products to achieve improved physical properties and burn off unwanted surface volatiles.  To achieve true post curing all surface areas of the rubber sheet must be subjected to set elevated temperatures for a specific period of time.

    Thermal Stability

    Thermal stability is the ability of the rubber to withstand heat and maintain its physical properties, such as strength or elasticity at a given temperature.

    UV Stable

    UV Stable confirms that a product is suitable for prolonged exposure to sunlight.  It will resist degradation from ultraviolet radiation and can be used in both static and dynamic applications in outdoor environments.  Dynamic applications which apply compression or tension to the rubber can reduce its expected life.

    Volatiles 

    Volatiles are gassy chemical contaminants that form on a rubber products surface after it is subjected to elevated temperatures.

    Volatile Loss 

    Volatile loss is the amount of chemicals that escape from rubber when it is subjected to elevated temperatures.

    Weather Resistant

    Weather resistant means that a rubber product is suitable for use in static applications in outdoor environments.  It will display UV resistance however with prolonged exposure to sunlight the product can experience UV degradation.

    WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme)

    WRAS is the UK agency responsible for the protection of public health by preventing contamination of public water supplies and encouraging the efficient use of water by promoting and facilitating compliance with the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations and Byelaws in Scotland.