Elastomer 101


Thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) and thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), which is a subset of TPE, offer great versatility as alternatives to natural rubber latex, silicone and more compounds for extrusion and injection molding applications. Depending on the demands of...

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Order Entry – Now Paperless.

KEP employees are regularly asked to participate in kaizens – a term meaning “continuous improvement.” They bring together workers from different departments with different insights and years of experience. The result is typically a solution that works for all...

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Sports and Fitness Tubing

Rubber, Set, Go: The Material Behind Our Sports & Fitness Goals   Busy working on your New Year’s Resolutions? At KEP we always have a few in the works...like continuously improving our customer experience, implementing new lean initiatives and...

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Santoprene Offers the Performance Industries Demand

Santoprene Offers the Performance Industries Demand Santoprene is part of the thermoplastic elastomer grouping of polymers but shares more characteristics with vulcanized rubber, or thermoplastic vulcanizates. Santoprene, sometimes called Santoprene TPV (short for...

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The Evolution and Benefits of Neoprene

What is Neoprene? Neoprene (polychloroprene) is a family of synthetic rubbers that are produced by polymerization of chloroprene. From versatile dip-molding uses to great durability for outdoor products, neoprene offers excellent resistance and...

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The Rise in Popularity of Thermoplastic Elastomers

We’ve already discussed the properties of thermoplastic elastomers and advantages of using it as an alternative – but when did TPE materials rise to popularity, and what are some ways it’s being used?   The Evolution of TPEs The history of...

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KEP Free-Band® Tourniquets Replace Latex Tourniquets

Made of non-latex material that is safe for latex sensitivities, our Free-Band® Tourniquets are the perfect replacement for latex tourniquets. Our proprietary blend of soft thermoplastics is a reliable and highly durable material – great for use in doctor...

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Dip Molding Medical Device Products

To mold products with emulsions of liquid rubber, it is necessary to complete a series of process steps to ensure proper formation, vulcanization, and finish treatment to meet the customer’s needs in the final application. We ensure dip molding rubber recipes meet FDA...

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Rubber, Natural Rubber, or Natural Rubber Latex?

Every day we’re surrounded by products composed of rubber, natural rubber, and natural rubber latex. In fact, these compounds are so common that, at first glance, you may not know exactly what they are. Let's take a moment to talk about what nuances make these...

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