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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.
Upcoming Trade ShowsRubber-Cal is excited to announce its presence at two upcoming trade shows in 2017! Come find us at the following shows:
National Pavement Expo – February 1-4, Nashville TN - This is the go-to event for companies and contractors involved in America’s pavement maintenance industry. Rubber-Cal will be at this show in Nashville’s Music City Center from February 1 to 4 showcasing our lineup of rubber snowplow blades, street sweeper curtains kits, and sweeper hoses.
National Hardware Show – May 9-11, Las Vegas NV – This trade show is the prime hub for sourcing and education for everyone involved in the home improvement and DIY markets. Hosted at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Rubber-Cal will be exhibiting rubber mats and flooring products at booth 4424.
Come See Us at The National Hardware Show
The 2017 National Hardware Show is a 3-day event being held from May 9 to 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. This event showcases a multitude of products like hardware, tools, industrial technologies, farm machinery, home goods, international sourcing, and an inventor’s spotlight.
The very first National Hardware Show took place in New York City in 1945 and was created by Abe Rosenburg of General Tools, along with Charlie Snitow, General's Chief Legal Council. The idea behind the show was to provide a place for those companies and individuals involved in the construction industry to network and share the latest developments happening in the field.
In the early 1960s, Reed Exhibitions (previously Cahners Expositions Group) acquired Snitow's trade show business. The Show moved to Chicago's new McCormick Lakeside exhibit hall in 1975. In February 2003, Reed Exhibitions announced that the National Hardware Show was moving to Las Vegas.
You can access everything you need to move your business forward at the National Hardware Show—including new buying opportunities, merchandising ideas, money-saving deals, and face-to-face networking opportunities.
Rubber-Cal Inc. invites you to the 2017 National Hardware Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on May 9th through 11th. Call 1-844-Rubber-4 and ask for a free pass today!
5 Most Popular Uses of Rubber
Rubber is used to protect two or more parts from damaging one another when there is contact. Whenever it is used in areas such as machinery, as flooring, in playgrounds, or as gaskets, it is done so with the intent to protect people and parts from hard surfaces. Rubber is a wear part by nature and will wear down over time when it is used. Here are some of the more popular uses of industrial rubber:
Gaskets: One of the main uses for any elastomer is gaskets. There is perhaps more variety in the type of elastomer used to make rubber gaskets than any other sort of product. Since gaskets are used in so many different applications, each type of gasket will likely have its own unique set of conditions. Depending on the nature of the application, one compound of rubber will be best suited for the job.
Seals: Like gaskets, some elastomers can be used as a sealant. Using rubber to seal in certain products or to keep out debris is very common. Rubber seals is helpful with preventing the metal door of an oven from scratching and grating against the metal body of the object.
Playgrounds: Rubber flooring is used in playgrounds to protect our loved ones from falls onto hard surfaces. Rubber serves as a protective layer for falls in this case. Rubber is a softer and more forgiving material compared to surfaces made from materials such as concrete, asphalt, or even wood chips. It is much better for someone to fall on the relative softness of rubber playground surfaces because the chances of severe injury are greatly reduced.
Fitness: In high activity areas like gyms, rubber flooring serves a dual protective purpose. First, it helps to protect the floors of the area from heavy dropped weight equipment, and secondly it also helps to protect pricey equipment like dumbbells and barbells from being damaged by the barren floors! If gym floors lack that ubiquitous black rubber, a gym does not feel much like a place to sweat does it?
Bumpers: Some rubber material, such as nitrile rubber and neoprene rubber, offers good shock-absorbing qualities that make them suited for these applications. This quality is directly related to anti-vibration for industrial machinery, as well as sound proofing for music studios and other noise-sensitive applications.
Rubber Feet: Your comfortable shoes, sandals, and football cleats all have some components that are made from rubber. And yes, even your chairs, laptops, and washing machines also have parts made from rubber, which would be the small feet on their underside. Rubber feet allows equipment to rest easier on the surfaces where they are placed.
What is Rubber Made Of?
Modern rubber products can be quickly divided into three main classes. Though this is not a scientific classification, it is a practical one and frankly we think it is a very effective way to understand the different types of rubber currently on the market.
The three main classes, or categories, that rubber can be broken down to are natural rubber, synthetic rubber, and recycled rubber. Although they are all rubber at the end of the day, each class is has characteristics that make the rubber compounds unique from the other. Natural rubber is derived from trees and produced on plantations, and then there are rubber companies that create synthetic elastomers from petroleum by-products. At your local rubber shop, a high number of different synthetic rubbers can be found, along side natural rubbers and recycled ones. Let us not forget about the third category that is recycled rubber. This type of rubber is made from old tire crumb and then processed into various forms used for a number of applications.
Natural Rubber: This is rubber in its most original form. It is produced on plantations in South America and Southeast Asian countries; it is extracted from the tree Hevea brasiliensis. The tree is “wounded” with a slight incision and as a part of its natural healing process, a substance is secreted from the wound—this is the latex material which is treated and turned into sheets of natural rubber that can be used for applications. These trees are typically able to produce the latex for twenty-five years, with a seven year period of time for maturation to complete.
Synthetic Rubber: This type of rubber is petroleum-based and is produced virtually completely through chemical processes. In other words, it is a man-made product. For one to understand how synthetic rubbers are formed, they must also understand the concept of polymerization, the process by which single monomers (or units) are fused together to create larger polymers. In the case of rubber, that polymer has a chain-like form which gives it its unique properties. Some types of synthetic rubber, such as nitrile rubber, are designed to have a strong resistance to oils and greases. Other compounds such as silicone rubber are meant to endure very extreme temperature conditions. Synthetic rubbers are usually named for the products from which they are derived, such as nitrile or EPDM (made from ethylene and propylene).
Recycled Rubber: A relatively recent type of rubber, recycled rubber is sourced from discarded vehicle tires and it is the fastest growing segment of the industry. Approximately 250 million tires are used in the US every year. Instead of allowing them to pile up and take up unnecessary and harmful space in landfills, they can be treated both mechanically and chemically in order to produce new rubber which can also be used in a variety of applications. The old tires are ground up into a crumb and then turned into sheets which can be used as flooring, or cut and customized into small rubber products such as pads and protective strips. Since the production of recycled rubber involves removing discarded vehicle tires from the environment and re-purposing it for use in new products, it is considered an eco-friendly elastomer.