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Neoprene Sponge Material Guide: Properties, Types & Applications
Neoprene is a popular elastomer found in virtually every industry. Read more about Frank Lowe's neoprene sponge custom die cut & fabrication services.
Neoprene is a very popular elastomer found in almost every industry. Neoprene is commonly referred to as chloroprene (CR) — its chemical name, which is also called neoprene sponge or neoprene foam rubber.
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Neoprene rubber is a black colored rubber utilized across industries where moderate levels of weather resistance, petroleum resistance, ozone resistance and oil resistance are needed. As the synthetic alternative to natural rubber, neoprene sponge is available in:
- Solid Sheet Neoprene Foam Rubber
- Open Cell Neoprene
- Closed Cell Neoprene
Today, neoprene sponge or neoprene foam rubber makes up a massive industry — meeting the demands of multiple billion pounds every year.
This material boasts a range of admirable qualities, but its ability to shine and perform across an expansive list of commercial and industrial applications makes it virtually indispensable.
Let’s take a closer look at neoprene sponge material, how it’s used, and more.
Neoprene Sponge Applications & Markets
Since neoprene sheet rubber was invented back in 1930, this versatile material has been used across a range of industries and applications, including gasket manufacturing, aquatic products, electrical insulation, and much more.
Some of the typical industries and applications we provide neoprene sponge solutions for include:
- Construction industry – Neoprene is widely used throughout this industry thanks to its high tensile strength, excellent ozone resistance, remarkable weathering performance, and low compression set. It’s commonly used in elevator astragals; bridge and highway seals; custom window gaskets; neoprene window seals; and more.
- Fenestration Industry – Neoprene is regularly used for doors and sensitive seals, as well as window seals with a locking strip.
- Mass transportation industry – Neoprene sponge meets the exceptionally high Smoke-Flame-Toxicity requirements of the mass transportation industry.
- Automotive industry – You can find neoprene sponge material throughout the chassis and under the hood of automobiles in vibration mounts, CVJ boots, shock absorber seals, power transmission belts, and more.
- Cable and wire industry - Neoprene provides better flame, chemical, heat, weathering, and ozone resistance than its natural rubber counterpart. As a result, neoprene rubber components are widely used for protective covering for wire and cable systems, such as heavy-duty cable jacketing and cable jackets.
- HVAC Industry – Neoprene offers a more efficient sealing gasket material to protect HVAC units from weathering and outside contaminants.
Key Characteristics of Neoprene Sponge
Manufactured from synthetic rubber, neoprene is very durable, flexible, resilient, and exceptionally resistant to water, oil, and other solvents. In addition, neoprene sponge boasts a remarkable level of compression resistance.
Neoprene gaskets are generally manufactured for sealing applications. Here are a few of the most desirable attributes of neoprene sponge material:
Neoprene can endure everyday chemicals which allows it to be utilized for general sealing roles without fear of the product deteriorating or failing. Unlike other foams, the longevity of neoprene makes it an excellent candidate for a range of gasket and sealing applications.
- The thermal insulation attribute will keep hot and cold temperatures while keeping unwanted thermal condition out. Neoprene is excellent regulating and maintaining the temperature of the air around it. Simply put, neoprene rubber sponge will not allow moisture or heat to pass through it, which is why you can find this material used on refrigerators where sealing is critical.
- Neoprene is flexible and doesn’t get bent out of shape, which means it has resistance to compressibility and good bounce back.
- Because of the durability and flexibility of neoprene, they are excellent for use in products that require a good life cycle.
- The lightweight nature of neoprene allows it to add a substantial amount of value to products and applications without additional weight.
- Due to the unique structure of open cell rubber, neoprene can offer a substantial amount of sound dampening.
- Neoprene boasts remarkable ozone and weather resistance, including resistance to moisture, rain, snow, UV rays, and air.
Different Types of Neoprene Sponge
At Frank Lowe, we offer a range of different types of neoprene sponge material in various densities and thicknesses, as well as on a roll or in sheets. When it comes to choosing the best type of neoprene material, you’re not alone.
The experts at Frank Lowe offer decades of experience matching our customers’ unique needs to the best solution. We will listen to your application needs and ensure you choose the most effective and efficient type of neoprene sponge.
Order Die Cut Neoprene Sponge
Looking for neoprene sponge in a particular shape and thickness? Frank Lowe can help! We use state-of-the-art equipment and processes to quickly deliver fast and accurate die cut sponge based on the application specifications.
We also offer kiss cut sponge where the material is completely cut through with the backing left intact. When kiss cut sponge is combined with our pressure-sensitive adhesive, you have an easy-to-apply, peel-and-stick component.
Contact Frank Lowe for Neoprene Sponge
Regardless of the brand, shape, density, color, or thickness of sponge— Frank Lowe can help.
When you partner with us, you’ll have access to more than 60 years of experience. Most importantly, our experienced product engineers will work to understand your product and application at the deepest level. This empowers us to help you think outside of the box and:
- Explore different thicknesses, shapes and brand of neoprene sponge products as well as other potential materials.
- Pursue each potential option with a feasibility, performance and cost-benefit analysis.
- Create the neoprene sponge component or gasket that remains within your budget and delivers the best performance.
Ready to get started? Get started today by contacting Frank Lowe for hassle-free, no-obligation consultation.
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