Elastomer 101

Polyisoprene FAQ

What is Polyisoprene? As a synthetic polymer, polyisoprene is an artificial latex that is compounded to mirror the same properties as natural rubber latex. Synthetic polyisoprene compounds are commonly used as an alternative to natural rubber latex for tubing and...

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Thermoplastic Elastomers Information & Facts

Thermoplastic Elastomers Offer: 1. A Safe Alternative for Individuals with Latex Allergies For applications where latex-allergens are a concern, like the medical and surgical industry, many product manufacturers have made the switch to non-latex alternatives like...

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What To Expect When You Partner with Kent Elastomer Products

What To Expect When You Partner with Kent Elastomer Products “Our prospective customers become interested in what we do only after they understand how much we care. Our sales and service team's mission is to show genuine care and concern for each of our customers'...

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We’re happy to help!

The KEP sales process usually starts with a simple question from a potential customer – “Can you help us?” And our response is “Happy to help!” From this root question, our sales and service team members take our customers down many paths to ensure we provide the...

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Best-In-Class Partners

We not only want to be great partners for our customers and suppliers, we aim to be a “best-in-class” example of partnership! “Kent Elastomer Products has been a significant customer to our business for over 30 years! Working with Kent Elastomer Products is truly a...

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Meet Merangely Figueroa Garcia

Merangely Figueroa Garcia, a tender at our Kent facility for the last year and counting, works hard to help us carry out our commitment to continuous improvement and high-quality products. Merangely is an asset to our team who always brings a positive attitude, focus,...

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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 organizing more...

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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 thermoplastic materials...

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Advantages of Using Thermoplastic Elastomer as an Alternative

At Kent Elastomer Products, we have a 58-year success story that includes being the only manufacturer of American-made natural rubber latex tubing — but it doesn’t stop there for us. We are also the leaders in product innovation and a line of products that includes...

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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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