Understanding Different Types of Closed Cell Sponge Material
Closed Cell Sponge Material

Understanding Different Types of Closed Cell Sponge Material

At Frank Lowe, we are often asked about the different types of closed cell sponge material we offer. Because each material has a unique set of attributes, it’s important to have a general understanding of what the sponge material will offer your application. Fortunately, the experts at Frank Lowe offer decades of experience helping manufacturers choose the best type of sponge material for their application.

As the premier custom contract manufacturer, we will listen to your needs and then guide you to the ideal sponge material for your application. Continue reading to learn more about a few of the most common types of closed cell sponge material we offer.

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer Types of Sponge Material

Our ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) types of sponge material is a flexible, versatile elastomer designed to resist weathering, UV, and ozone. The closed-cell structure of EPDM makes it impermeable to water and air, which makes the material ideal for waterproof sealing. EPDM also works to provide electrical resistance and thermal durability.

At Frank Lowe, we offer, supply, and die cut a range of components made with EPDM sponge material. We can supply our EPDM material in EPDM strips, EPDM gaskets, EPDM sheets, and more. We can leave it plain backed or laminate the EPDM material with a self-adhesive backing. Key features of EPDM includes:

  • Excellent resistance to aging,
  • Closed cell structure for strong sealing,
  • Wide temperature resistance and UV resistance, and
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    Good mechanical and durable properties.

Because of these desirable attributes, EPDM sponge is commonly used across many industries, including construction, energy, electrical, automotive, marine.

Silicone Sponge Types of Material

Our silicone sponge works well for components and applications that require an easily deformed, tough, soft material. With a smoother outer wall and closed cell structure, silicone sponge material offers excellent sealing and insulation properties by ensuring gas and liquids are not able to pass through. The pliant nature of closed cell silicone sponge makes it especially applicable for outdoor applications.

At Frank Lowe, we offer different densities of sponge materials and can help you choose the best solution based on your needs. We can die cut silicone sponge components, gaskets, or parts to your exact specifications and laminate with the ideal backing for your needs. A few key attributes of silicone sponge includes:

  • Resistance to bacteria and mildew,
  • Exceptional thermal stability,
  • Range of functioning temperatures,
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    Resistance to ozone, UV, and weathering.

Because of these desirable features, silicone sponge material can be found in medical equipment, automotive gaskets, environmental shields, and sealing applications.  

Neoprene Types of Sponge Material

Neoprene sponge material is typically chosen for weatherproofing, general enclosure applications and door applications. This material boasts a strong range of temperature resistance ratings and the ability to resist:

  • Exposure to acid,
  • Ozone deterioration,
  • Gas exposure,
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    Oil exposure, and
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    Alkalis.

Neoprene's ability to eliminate air leakages and superior aging characteristics is one of the reasons it’s used in such a large number of industrial gasket applications. The neoprene sponge die-cutting professionals at Frank Lowe offer the capability and experience to help design and create the perfectly-tailored component for your application.

Nitrile Closed Cell Types of Sponge Material

Frank Lowe’s Nitrile closed cell sponge material demonstrates excellent resistance and versatility in a range of conditions. Nitrile sponge is especially helpful whenever you need to seal out petroleum-based products or oil based product. This material manages to maintain its structure and properties in temperatures ranging from -40°F to 250°F. Nitrile sponge material gaskets and products demonstrate the ability to resist:

  • Mineral oil,
  • Gasoline,
  • Lubricating oil,
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    Diesel,
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    Vegetable oil, and
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    Other aromatic hydrocarbons.

The experts at Frank Lowe will work closely with you to understand your needs and guide you toward the best solution. We can die cut Nitrile closed-cell sponge into an endless array of shapes and thicknesses based on your unique needs. We also offer years of design experience — helping our customers find the best solution.

EVA Closed Cell Type of Sponge

EVA closed cell sponge material is used for an array of applications across a range of industries. However, you can usually find EVA closed cell sponge gaskets and die cut components in vehicles and appliances due to its ability to resist damage from chemicals and oils.

EVA closed cell sponge and foam materials are often used as substitutes for PVC, polyurethane felt, neoprene, and antral rubber. The material boasts high buoyancy, strong mechanical strength, low water absorption, and high shock absorption, which makes it ideal for:

  • Sports padding equipment,
  • Trampoline pads,
  • Wakeboard boots,
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    Oil boom floats,
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    Life jackets, and
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    Other applications.

Regardless of your application, Frank Lowe can die cut EVA closed cell sponge in the ideal shape and thickness for your needs.

Contact Frank Lowe for Different Types of Sponge Material

When it comes to choosing the best type of sponge material for your application, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions. What works excellently for one product may fail to achieve the desired results or even lead to dangerous product failure. Because of this, it’s always beneficial to rely n the nearly seven decades of experience at Frank Lowe.

We will carefully listen to your unique product or applications needs. Then we will provide you with a selection of the most suitable types of sponge material. Most importantly, we’ll always help you explore, pursue, and create better.

About the Author Randy Cohen

Since 2002, Randy Cohen has served as the Senior Vice President of Frank Lowe — leading Sales and Marketing as well as a variety of Administrative operations. Randy has 25 years of experience with a background in sales & marketing, production and business management, serving both government agencies and private industry. He holds a B.A from Syracuse University and a Masters and Professional Diploma from Fordham University. Randy uses his unique set of experiences to help businesses and entities across all sectors explore, pursue, and create better solutions.

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