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Our MissionEducate and Deliver Value to our ClienteleIncrease Efficiency of our OrganizationBring to Market “Living Brands” That Evolve with our Client’s Changing Demands
Establish 1994Founded in 1994, Rubber-Cal is a distributor of industrial rubber products. The company brings to market and inventories a wide range of rubber mats, rubber flooring, sheet rubber, flexible ducting, coir doormats, pavement maintenance parts and other specialty rubber products. Our large inventory and 24-hour fulfillment of stocked products makes us a great partner to agile OEMs and retailers by reducing their need to inventory parts and raw materials. Most of our rubber goods can be purchased in small custom-cut lengths, decreasing both the cost and time of installation and onsite fabrication.
Eco-Conscious ProductsIngrained in our basic philosophy is the mission to offer “Green” products, whenever possible, to industry and consumers alike. Natural, reclaimed and recycled rubbers are not only a practical substitute but also a far more affordable option. Firstly, by using eco-friendly materials like natural and recycled rubber we help to reduce the presence of non-biodegradable rubber waste in the ecosystem. In the US, there are approximately 245 million tires discarded annually. Our products help reduce the presence of these tires in dumpsites. Secondly, consumers directly benefit from recycled rubber products because they are more affordable than their synthetic counterparts. This has been a distinguishing hallmark that has served Rubber-Cal well over the years. In fact, it is a point of pride for us. Products using eco-friendly recycled rubber, such as our interlocking rubber floor tiles, are very popular with consumers because they offer superior protection and durability at a competitive price.
BrandsDucting.comCoirmat.comFloorMatCompany.comRubberFlooringExperts.comSheetrubber.com – Coming Soon
In the MediaRubber-Cal's quality products have garnered attention for the company from the media. In 2016-17 you will see our products appearing on prime time TV shows such as Sweat Inc., The Biggest Loser, Strong, and Save Our Shelters. In the past ten years our rubber products have appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, NBC’s The Biggest Loser, US Open of Surfing, VH1’s Money Hungry, Mr. Olympia, Designed to Sell, DIY TV’s Run My Renovation, Extra Yardage, Man Caves and Grounds for Improvement. Rubber-Cal is proud to have been involved in the success of these shows. As the company continues to grow, consumers and industry can expect to see more of its products showcased in the media.
Our StaffRubber products can be complex and hard to understand. All of Rubber-Cal's success would not be possible without the dedicated expertise of its staff. Whether you need sheet rubber, rubber flooring, or custom-made rubber gaskets, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is on hand to help you find the right elastomer for your needs! The experts know that browsing through our product line may be intimidating for some, but they are here to guide you. With a firm belief in providing quality customer service, they make it their mission to educate and inform customers about rubber products.
New Product Release
Rubber-Cal is ushering in the New Year with a new product. Say hello to the Gas Station Mat! This rubber mat is the latest addition to our diverse catalog of rubber matting products. It is designed specifically for use on the fuel sumps located at gas stations. It is our only rubber mat that is circular. Sized at 4ft diameter, it is made from durable SBR material and well suited for use in the outdoors. We will also introduce at larger variant sized at 4.5ft diameter in the third quarter of 2019.
Upcoming Trade ShowsRubber-Cal is excited to announce its presence at two upcoming trade shows in 2019! Come find us at the following shows:
National Hardware Show – May 8-10th 2019 – Las Vegas Nevada - Rubber-Cal will be exhibiting at the upcoming 2019 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas. Stay tuned to find out our booth number so you can meet us on the trade show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center!
How to Cut Rubber Sheets and Rolls
The best thing about working with rubber material is its ability to keep your project fast, easy, and completely in your own control. When you purchase rubber sheeting, you can take comfort and save money by keeping your project 100% Do-It-Yourself. However, your project will only get so far if you do not properly know how to cut rubber sheets. Regardless of whether you are using natural, synthetic, or recycled rubber materials, knowing how to cut rubber sheets and rolls is an important skill to have under your belt. This is because cutting rubber follows the same general methods no matter what type of rubber you are working with, and knowing how to cut rubber sheets opens a whole window of potential Do-It-Yourself projects that you can take on in the future.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Sheet rubber you plan to cut
- Protective gloves
- Ruler or another straight edge to be used as a guide
- Chalk or another kind of non-permanent marker
- Utility knife
No matter the job, we can break down how to cut rubber sheets into a few simple steps:
- Lay out your rubber materials. Make sure the rubber lays flat on a hard surface.
- Use the ruler and chalk to mark the rubber sheeting with your desired size and shape. This will be your guide on where and how to cut rubber sheets to your desired size.
- Place your utility knife against the straight edge and the rubber material, perfectly aligned with your chalk marks, and trace the lines 2-4 times. Depending on how hard and thick your sheet rubber is, you may have to cut the lines several times. Be patient when cutting rubber this way! If you move too quickly or too hastily, you will end up with a messy and unattractive edge.
- Gently hold the sheet rubber on either side of the cut and bend the pieces apart, opening the crease further. Score the edge a few last times to complete the cut.
Protective Rubber Strips – What are Your Options?
Any time you need a little extra security without going overboard, protective rubber strips are the way to go. Made from long, adhesive-backed elastomer sheets, protective rubber strips can be quickly and easily installed on car bumpers, residential doorways, and industrial machine parts to act as shield from physical damage. Adhesive rubber strips are extremely versatile and can be used in almost any application that requires protective padding in concise areas. However, there are several different types of rubber strips to choose from, all made from different types of elastomer. Since protective rubber strips can be used in such a wide range of applications, it is only natural that different applications will have different needs. As a result, rubber strips can be made of nearly any type of rubber, and each has its own set of qualities to bring to the table.
In general, protective rubber strips will all provide excellent resistance to impacts and abrasions. If this is the only kind of physical resistance you are after, elastic rubber strips made from recycled or reclaimed materials are perfect. This type of rubber is heavy-duty and is the top choice for rubber bumper guards on cars and padding for industrial machinery. If your application may be exposed to chemicals, then neoprene is a good match, and nitrile rubber strips are the top choice for grease and oil-prone applications. Not only are there many materials to choose from, but protective rubber strips can also be purchased in your choice of size and thickness. No matter the application or what its specific needs are, there is always a simple rubber solution that can provide the protection and security you seek.
Understanding Durometer Hardness
With so many different types of durable rubber to choose from, pinpointing the perfect one for your project can prove itself a difficult task. While you probably have an idea of the color, thickness, and specific resistances needed in your application, you probably haven’t thought very much about the durometer hardness of the material. Durometer is a unique method of rating rubber hardness that was developed by Albert Shore in the 1920s. The system uses one of two particular scales indicated with a letter A or D, and assigns a corresponding number that indicates the hardness, flexibility, and resilience of rubber materials. To make sure you pick the perfect rubber every time, you are going to need a good understanding of Shore’s durometer hardness scale.
The simplest and most important thing to remember about durometer hardness is that the higher the number rating is, the harder the rubber material is going to be. For example, soft rubber flooring typically has a durometer hardness around 40 Shore A, whereas heavy-duty industrial floors will have a rating closer to 70 or 80 Shore A. Both are effectively durable rubber materials, but the softer surfacing demonstrates a clearly softer and more forgiving surface than the stiff industrial flooring. But, when comparing a Shore A 60 durometer rubber with a 70 durometer, distinguishing the difference with touch and feel can be tricky! To understand the difference between similar hardness ratings, you need to understand how hardness is defined by Shore’s durometer scale.
For the sake of the durometer scale, the rubber hardness refers to the material’s resistance to indentation. To determine the durometer hardness of a rubber material, force is consistently applied to the surface and the depth of the resulting indentation is measured. The harder a material is, the more force will be needed in order to leave an indentation with the same mount of force. This method easily demonstrates the resilience of rubber, allowing us to assign it an appropriate hardness rating. Though rubber materials with different durometer hardness ratings may look and sometimes even feel incredibly similar, the rating indicates a significant different in both performance and possible applications.