Rubber edge trim is used for a range of different applications in industrial settings. They are specifically designed to seal and protect exposed surfaces against air, water, dust, sunlight, harsh liquids such as fuel and oil. Below we have outlined a step-by-step guide for you on everything you need to know about rubber edge trims, why they are important and how you can install them for specific industrial purposes.
Different Types Of Rubber Edge Trim
Rubber edge trim is generally custom fabricated based on project requirements. The production process of rubber edge trims such as injection moulding, compression and extrusion ensure a smooth surface finish that is suited for buying requirements. Some of the common types of rubber edge trims are:
- Accordion Trim
Accordion type seals are extruded rubber edge trims the physical dimensions of which change when compressed or stretched, due to the bends and folds. There are few different types of seals for each application type. Seals are typically used for automotive or transport applications. Boot accordion seals are used to weatherproof key access points between the truck cab and the camper shell. Accordion seals are manufactured using durable EPDM rubber compounds and come with a spring steel clip for easy attachment.
- Bulb Trim
Bulb trims are generally open, round-shaped rubber products that have a distinct look and feel, almost resembling a half-moon shape or a tear-drop. They often come in different physical dimensions, but they are generally made of soft rubber, and predominantly used for installation between door frames of cars or in buildings. They are usually made of EDPM foam which helps ensure a watertight seal. For automotive or industrial applications, they may be installed by taping.
- Door Trim
Door seals are designed to prevent harsh winds, water and pollutants from entering buildings or vehicles. They are used for residential, commercial construction and industrial facilities as well as in vehicles like cars or trucks, where they are fitted between doors and door frames for superior protection. Hatch seals are a type of extruded rubber door seals that are used for more specific purposes such as fuel tanks or rooftop ventilation systems.
- Lip Trim
These rubber edge trims feature a sealing lip, edge or an opening resembling the shape of a lip. Radial lip seals are often used in high-speed vehicles and industrial equipment. Their purpose is to protect the bearing surrounding a rotating shaft against dust and other contaminants by retaining the bearings lubricative properties. It is important to remember that the Elastomeric compounds vary depending on the materials used, therefore it is recommended to choose an oil-resistant rubber material depending upon the application.
Rubber Edge Trim Materials
The most commonly used materials to produce Rubber edge trim are durable EDPM rubber and neoprene. Both are highly dense materials making them suitable for a wide range of applications. Both materials offer excellent wear and tear, and abrasion resistance. They are both ideal for sharp edges, truck cabs, vehicles, commercial and residential use. However, there are some specifications that you need to be aware of.
EDPM Rubber Edge Trim
EDPM is a versatile, heat & chemical resistant compound that can be made into sealing components for different applications and industries. Moulded sealing products made with EPDM is a leading choice for applications where there are extreme hot and cold temperatures as it offers excellent protection against harsh temperatures.
- Durability in All Temperatures
One of the main benefits of EDPM rubber edge trim is that it can be used in all temperatures, from a hot and steamy environment to freezing cold. This suitability to varying temperatures makes EDPM a highly advantageous material for industries that require highly durable edge trim.
- Resistance to Chemicals
EDPM edge trim can be used as sealants in industries where they will be exposed to chemicals and acids. They have an ability to withstand the damaging effects of a wide range of toxins including sodium hydroxide. EDPM trims are perfect for applications that need a sealant that won’t be compromised easily.
- EDPM Edge Trim Industrial Compatibility
EDPM edge trim can be used in a wide variety of applications including the pharmaceutical industry and medical device manufacturers. Its cost-effectiveness coupled with its durability means it is the ideal sealant for commercial purposes.
Neoprene Rubber Edge Trim
Neoprene rubber edge trim is more suited to provide a seal against petroleum-based products like oils and greases. Neoprene trim can also be applied as a sealant against materials like ozone and rubber. However, it is essential to note that unlike EDPM, neoprene does not offer the same durability against freezing temperatures.
ATC Are Rubber Edge Trim Specialists
We specialise in a wide range of industrial components including rubber edge trim. We provide high-quality trim to businesses all over Ireland from a wide variety of industries. We have the capability to design rubber edge trim for niche applications and can quote for a bespoke edge trim of quantities from 50 metres up. Feel free to contact a member of our team at any stage to discuss what edge trim is most suitable for you.Our specialist range of industrial components also include industrial lubricants, gaskets, industrial clamps and seals.