Flexible, lightweight, and cost-effective, urethane offers many advantages over metal, plastics, and rubbers. Urethane can be molded to any shape or size and in any color imaginable. Depending on the application, urethane can be formulated so that the resulting part is incredibly soft (or “squishy”) or incredibly hard.
Because urethane has give, it offers excellent shock absorption. It bonds well with other materials, including metals, and depending on material hardness, can be ground or machined.
Information at a Glance
In this FAQ, we discuss the benefits of compression molding and how it we use it to solve application challenges where tolerances are very tight or the part is very small or of an odd shape.
How we solve this particular question we hear on a regular basis.
In this FAQ, we discuss a few of the considerations that go into formulating urethane for your application.
Have worn urethane or rubber rollers? Urethane Innovators can replace your roller covers to “like new” condition at the fraction of the replacement cost.
“Why do zero crush wheels have holes or spaces?” and other important questions about urethane no-crush wheels.
Durometer is the international standard for measuring the hardness of rubber, plastic, and most nonmetallic materials — including urethane.
Application Notes / Case Studies
UI’s unique approach to production tooling enabled a manufacturer to reduce costs and expand its product line.
Don’t throw your ugly rollers or wheels in the landfill. Recover them instead.
Steps included testing new formulations, eliminating process steps, and improving part quality.
How UI solved the challenge of creating cost-effective convex aluminum cores for a customer’s prototype urethane roller application.
Super soft urethane rollers provide Canadian manufacturer Boa Franc with consistent application of coatings and stains to hardwood flooring panels — while reducing production line down-time.
Creating a urethane ball — with a perfectly centered internal steel ball — for a waste water treatment facility check valve.
The difference between drive and idler wheels and how they work.
How UI creates prototypes for commercial and industrial applications.
Learn how we can customize urethane covered bearings to suit your specialty application.
Dual durometer urethane wheels are ideal for applications that involve lighter loads or where machining is cost-prohibitive or weight is a factor.
Urethane Innovators can manufacture your cores, inserts and hubs.
Dunnage has many uses for industries including shipping, logistics, and automation.
Manufacturers can create dunnage using injection-molded plastic, thermoforming, or urethane molding.
How urethane compares to metal, plastics, and rubber.
Frequently asked questions about urethane and working with Urethane Innovators.