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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.
Slip & Fall Accidents
Some floors can be dangerous, especially when they are wet. Surfaces such as tile, laminate and wood can all become slippery when exposed to moisture, creating a significant slip and fall hazard. The best-case scenario is that a slip will be embarrassing, but it could also lead to damage to the floor or significant injury to the accident victim, not to mention liability issues in commercial locations. But there are steps that can be taken to safeguard your surfaces and minimize the risk of losing your footing.
Rubber flooring products can help reduce slip and fall accidents. There is a wide range of flooring options on offer, from complete surfaces to traction and drainage mats. One solution might be to install a full rubber floor, perhaps in a kitchen or garage. Both of these locations are prone to surface moisture and the floors could be made safer with a rubber surface. Rubber has a high coefficient of friction, offering more underfoot grip even when it is wet.
There are also specific products which are designed to prevent slip and fall accidents. Rubber drainage and traction mats are often used in settings such as kitchens. These might feature a drainage hole design, which have multiple benefits. Firstly, the drainage holes are very effective in filtering water and other substances away from a flooring surface, preventing it from pooling and creating a slip hazard. The holes can also scrape away loose debris. These drainage designs also offer more underfoot grip, because they give more grip to shoe soles. When combined with the natural traction offered by rubber, this is the best way of preventing slip and fall accidents by keeping floors clear.
Rubber Abrasion Resistance
One of the key qualities offered by some forms of rubber is abrasion resistance. Abrasion refers specifically to the wear caused to a material through friction when it comes into physical contact with something else. This can happen through a wide variety of processes, such as impacts, scuffing, scraping and sliding. Abrasion resistance is the ability of the rubber to withstand abrasive wear. Generally, abrasion is far more likely to occur when motion is involved, but a high resistance level can be useful in a wide range of settings.
There are several standard tests which measure the level of abrasion resistance offered by rubber. One such test is the ASTM D5963 – devised by the American Society for Testing and Materials. This involves a machine which has an abrasive surface on a revolving drum. A sample of the rubber is fitted to the machine, and this sample is moved mechanically over the abrasive drum as it rotates. The material’s volume loss is measured in cubic millimeters. The smaller the number, the better the abrasion resistance of the rubber. It is sometimes converted to an abrasion resistance index percentage, in which case a higher number indicates a better result. This same testing process has also been used in other standardized abrasion resistance tests run by other organizations, such as the ISO 4649 and DIN 53516.
It is important to remember that abrasion is very application-specific. The level of abrasion caused to a rubber component can be affected by a range of outside variables, such as the temperature, pressure or velocity involved in any given application. Due to the variables involved, top test performances might not correlate with real-world results in every setting. However, the results of such tests give a strong indication of a rubber’s abrasion resistance capabilities.
FDA Approved Gaskets
Handling food is serious business. What many people don’t know is that rubber gaskets play a huge role in the processing and sealing of food. A rubber gasket allows an air-tight seal to be created, which is important when it comes to packaging and preserving food. But when it comes to working with consumables like food, you cannot just use any type of rubber. This is because some rubber types might be harmful if they come into contact with food, acting as a contaminant and making it unsafe to ingest.
To make sure the correct materials are used, they must be certified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This means that they have been tested against the organization’s health and safety regulations, which prove stringent regulations as set out in Title 21, Section 177.2600 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Therefore, an FDA-approved gasket will be a seal which is approved for use in the food handling industry.
The rubber material preferred and most often used in FDA-approved gaskets is silicone. This is mainly because silicone is non-toxic and will have no negative impact on the food matter it comes into contact with. As required, silicone also does not leave behind any by-products. While this is probably the most important consideration, silicone also possesses a host of other qualities which make it ideal for use with food. It is resistant to moisture and does not allow substances such as mold or mildew form on it. Silicone is also extremely flexible, and has a strong working temperature of -103 to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.