Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics
The outlook for rubber processing equipment in the 1980s is good, as is the future for rubber compounding processing. A significant number of changes have occurred in the rubber industry and, subsequently, in rubber processing equipment. Compound processing machinery reflects the awareness of energy costs and the need for conservation. There is a slow but growing trend toward continuous processing. The elastomers are more readily available in particle form. The machinery reflects a far greater understanding of the nature of the material to be processed, and the need for the processing equipment to be able to operate with this in mind. The processing machinery of the 1980s is not necessarily bigger, but it is better because it is smarter. The old magic and mysterious art of rubber compounding and compound processing is being completely replaced by machinery systems that scientifically process rubber compounds.
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