Rubber Lining is the skilled application and bonding of rubber sheet to specially prepared surfaces. The rubber can be applied as either unvulcanised material which is then vulcanised and hot bonded – usually in a steam autoclave; or as pre vulcanised material which is cold bonded using two part adhesives. The fully bonded lining provides a durable and resilient protective rubber coating that will withstand very aggressive process conditions and applications.
Rubber Linings and Coatings can be from 2mm to 50mm thick depending on the application, and can be bonded to mild steel, stainless steel, cast iron and aluminium.
The principal benefits of rubber lining are its excellent resistance to corrosive and abrasive chemicals and materials, e.g. acids, alkalis, salt water, slurries, sand, shotblast media, crushed rock etc. In addition rubber linings provide other benefits including noise and vibration reduction, electrical and thermal insulation and product protection.
One of the great advantages of rubber lining is the option to remove or strip old linings at the end of their service life and replace with a completely new rubber lining. The item of plant can be relined on site or removed to the rubber lining factory depending on circumstances.
The relining option has many benefits including avoiding the expense and time required to a) fabricate a new piece of equipment, and b) to dismantle other plant and infrastructure to install a new piece of equipment. There are savings in raw materials and fabrication costs, down time and interruption of production; and savings in transport costs if the item is relined on site. These savings can be environmentally friendly and of real economic advantage to the end user of the rubber lined plant.
Relining of plant is regularly used in many applications including water treatment vessels in power stations and at other industrial/manufacturing sites where the cost of removing vessels from site would be prohibitive; for quarrying, dredging and sand washing plant which is subject to high levels of wear and abrasion; and for vibratory finishing machines within the metal finishing industry which are also subject to high levels of wear.
|Mining, Quarrying, and Aggregates.||Abrasion resistant rubber linings for rubber lined pipes, sand washing plant, hoppers, chutes, cyclones, separators, trummels etc. Also steel backed rubber wear plates, and rubber coated conveyor rollers.||Abrasion resistant soft natural rubber, hardness range 40 to 70 deg. IRHD.|
|Water and Effluent Treatment.||Chemical resistant rubber linings for rubber lined vessels, pipes, chemical dosing tanks, valves, pumps, flow meters etc.||Soft natural or hard ebonite rubber, EPDM, butyl, neoprene, and hypalon. WRAS listed materials available for potable water.|
|Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals.||Chemical resistant rubber linings for rubber lined tanks, process vessels, pipes, valves, pumps, filters, mixers and agitators, centrifuges, fan casings and impellors etc.||Butyl rubber, hard ebonite rubber, soft natural rubber, neoprene, and hypalon depending on operating temperature and application.|
|Metal Finishing and Electroplating||Chemical resistant rubber linings for rubber lined electroplating tanks, anodising tanks, pickling tanks, filters, pipes, and effluent tanks. Also wear resistant rubber linings for rubber lined vibratory finishing machines, shot blast rooms and cabinets and shot reclaimers.||Hard ebonite rubber for electroplating plant. Wear resistant soft natural rubber for vibratory finishing machines, and anti-static wear resistant rubber for shot blast equipment.|
|Food and Beverages including Brewing.||Food quality rubber linings for rubber lined hoppers, chutes, process vessels, coating pans, pipes, mixers, agitators etc.||White food quality natural rubber, food quality neoprene, food quality ebonite rubber etc.|
|Materials Handling||Protective rubber coatings for grabs, hooks, clamps, and fork lift forks. Wear resistant rubber linings for hoppers, chutes, separators, storage bins etc. Rubber coatings for conveyor rollers.||Generally soft natural rubber for product protection, wear resistance, and noise reduction. Other rubber lining materials for chemical resistance and for roller coverings.|
|Waste Treatment, Recycling and Reclamation.||Wear resistant rubber linings for rubber lined chutes, ducts, pipes and hoppers. Chemical resistant rubber linings for rubber lined treatment tanks and holding tanks.||Soft natural rubber for wear resistance and noise reduction, butyl, neoprene and ebonite for chemical resistance.|
|Marine Industry.||Corrosion resistant rubber linings for rubber lined cooling pipe work and fume scrubbers, wear resistant linings for dredging pipe work and cable pulleys.||Hard ebonite rubber and soft natural rubber for corrosion resistance. Abrasion resistant soft natural rubber for wear resistance – grades are available with good resistance to ozone and sea water.|
|Power Generation.||Corrosion resistant rubber linings for rubber lined water treatment plant, chemical storage tanks, and cooling pipe work. Wear resistant rubber linings for coal handling and ash recovery plant, coatings for conveyor rollers etc.||Mainly soft natural rubber but other materials for certain applications.|
|Civil Engineering||Wear and abrasion resistant rubber coatings for road rollers, compaction plates, and rubber linings for cement mixers and chutes.||Generally soft natural rubber.|
|Oil and Gas||Chemical resistant rubber linings for all types of rubber lined process plant. Sea water resistant rubber coatings for oil riser pipes.||Various rubber lining materials , including natural rubber, ebonite rubber, neoprene and butyl|
|Manufacturing and Processing.||Rubber linings for all types of process plant to provide chemical resistance, abrasion resistance, noise reduction, product protection etc.||Various rubber lining materials including natural rubber, ebonite rubber, butyl, neoprene and hypalon: for rubber lined valves, storage and mixing tanks, process vessels, filters , hoppers, extract fans and ducting, rubber gaskets, gaiters, etc.|