Material Selection Guide

Recovering your Rubber & Polyurethane Rollers & Wheels is an effective way to reduce maintenance costs, improve production efficiency & increase product quality. We specialise in recovering your existing Rollers & Wheels with High Performance Rubber & Polyurethane Coverings. All recovered Rollers & Wheels go through a quality-controlled process involving stripping of existing covering, linishing, sandblasting, washing, priming, casting or building, curing and finish machining – ground or machine tool. (process depending on new covering compound). And here at AMES Direct we proud to have one of the largest range & stock of Rubber & Polyurethane Compounds available for Roller & Wheel Coverings which ensures our clients will always have access to the most appropriate compound for their application. We work with the following compounds:

  • Polyether Polyurethane
  • Polyester Polyurethane
  • Natural Rubber
  • Neoprene Rubber
  • Nitrile Rubber
  • EPDM Rubber
  • Silicone Rubber
  • Hypalon Rubber
  • Ebonite Rubber
  • Hypalon Rubber

Within each compound tyre is a range of formulations, hardness’s, additives and colours available.

We have developed a Material Selection Guide, an Elastomer Properties Guide and a Guide to understanding Shore Hardness to assist you with correct compound selection.

Please Note: the information provided below is of a general nature and doesn’t take into account the additives or alternative formulations available. For specific information please contact one of our specialists.

COMPOUND CHARACTERISTICS RECOMMENDED FOR NOT RECOMMENDED FOR
Natural Rubber

Available in the following Shore Hardness range: 40A – 95A+ Shore

Natural Rubber is taken from the latex sap of Trees. It has high tensile, cut, chip and tear strength as well as outstanding fatigue resistance. Having a low hysteresis allows for low heat generation. Conveyor Pulleys, Industrial rolls, High Load Wheels, Non conductive Rollers Food Production Lines, Non-marking applications, UV exposure, Heat exposure
Neoprene Rubber

Available in the following Shore Hardness range: 20A – 90A Shore

Neoprene is considered an excellent all-rounder rubber for general purpose applications. It has good dynamic properties and good chemical resistance. Neoprene is a workhorse in the industry. Other materials may perform better in a specific application, however as an all rounder it’s difficult to beat. Production Line Rollers, Nip rollers, Feed Rollers, Print Rollers, High Temp Applications, Many more Cold Environments, High Release Rollers, Contact with Aromatic Hydrocarbons
Nitrile Rubber

Available in the following Shore Hardness range: 20A – 90A Shore

Nitrile is the most commonly used elastomer in the industry. It has excellent resistance to oils, chemicals and water. Commonly used on Printing Rollers. Its Abrasion resistance and Tensile strength can be improved with Carboxylated Nitrile Rubber. Print Press Rollers, Nip Rollers, Laminating Rollers, Food Production Rollers, Production Rollers Abrasive Applications, UV Environments, Ozone Environments, Conductive Applications
EDPM Rubber

Available in the following Shore Hardness range: 30A – 95A+ Shore

EPDM has excellent ozone resistance and chemical resistance, especially with polar solvents such as keytones. EPDM is heat resistant to 177ºc UV Printing Rollers, Applicator Rollers, Paint Rollers, External Applications, High Temperature Applications Food Environments, Abrasive, sharp, and high load applications. Heavy production line Rollers, Wheels
Silicone Rubber

Available in the following Shore Hardness range: 30A – 90A Shore

Silicone rubber is known for two main attributes, high temperature (200ºc) capability and improved release characteristics. Silicone is a more expensive covering but along with heat resistance and release it has good chemical resistance and excellent ozone resistance. Silicone has generally weak physical characteristics. Laminating Rollers, Personal Hygiene Production Rollers, Tissue & Toilet Paper Roller Production Rollers, High Release Rollers, Wet environments Abrasive, sharp, high load applications. Wheels
Polyurethane

Available in the following Shore Hardness range: 20A – 70D Shore

Polyurethane is available in two basic chemical types, polyester and polyether. Polyester urethane is a tough elastomer with good chemicaland solvent resistance while Polyethers work better in applications that come in contact with water. Urethane is typically used in applications where toughness, wear resistance and cut resistance are desired. Wheels, Conveyor Rollers, Sander Rollers, Production Rollers, Polyurethane can be used in almost every application as we can custom formulate to suit your exact application. Some high chemical applications.
Hypalon

Available in the following Shore Hardness range30A – 90A Shore

Hypalon has good chemical and temperature resistance and excellent ozone resistance. Although its dynamic properties are ok, they are better options for maximum wear protection Print Rollers, Wet environments, High Release applications Conveyor Rollers, Wheels, Abrasive Applications, Production Rollers