Made-in-America Latex Tubing Products
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KEP is the only manufacturer of natural rubber latex tubing in the United States.
We have three facilities. Our Kent, Ohio location produces latex, both tubing and custom dip molding. Our Mogadore, Ohio plant produces extruded products and works with TPE, PVC, TPU and other non-latex and silicone alternative compounds. Our Winesburg, Ohio facility handles assembly, product processing and inspection.
Since 1960 Kent Elastomer Products has manufactured quality natural latex tubing for customers in the medical and surgical industry, food and beverage industry, dental industry, sports and leisure industry and beyond.
Leading companies continue to trust our latex tubing products for generations because of great qualities like superior flexibility, tight tolerances, and outstanding resilience. This is coupled with our ability to respond to our customers’ needs with efficiency and manufacture to their exacting specifications.
We can manufacture latex tubing products that fit your custom specifications, like our latex tubing that meets FDA food grade requirements or natural rubber latex compounds that can withstand oils, UV light, ozone and more specific applications.
Made-in-America quality and effective partnerships are what choosing to manufacture latex tubing products with KEP means. From prototype to packaged product and beyond, we want to be your partner. We are here to make sure your product delivers consistent quality and that our manufacturing process fits within your budget and timeline.
Learn more about what KEP thinks successful partnerships look like by downloading our white paper series “Strategies for Successful Procurement Partnerships.” Joe Williamson, KEP Senior Director of Global Sales and Customer Operations, writes about the importance of strategic partnerships with suppliers and the good communication and evaluation that is behind them.
Custom and Standard Latex Tubing Options
Our quality latex tubing products can be ordered in standard options, by the box, by the reel, and in bulk, or we can customize packaging and labeling per your customers’ requirements.
KEP makes sure you get exactly your required amount and don’t pay for unneeded product. From providing latex rubber tubing that is custom matched to your color to working with us to organize a just-in-time inventory process to automatically replenish inventories, KEP has it covered.
Natural Rubber Latex Tubing Compounds
An environmentally friendly material and biodegradable material, natural rubber latex refers to the white sap that is harvested from live hevea brasiliensis trees. Refining and compounding this sap renders it easier to process and optimizes its physical properties, like outstanding flexibility and enhanced tear properties.
We also extensively leach, wash, and surface-treat our latex tubing, thereby reducing protein levels below the limit of detection as measured by FDA-recognized test methods ASTM D5712 and ASTM D6499. All materials in our latex compounds also meet the recommended safe levels as specified in the U.S. FDA Code of Federal Regulations, Title 21, Food and Drug Administration and have been used in medical applications for over 30 years. Find more information about KEP latex tubing’s properties and compounds here.
KEP Latex Tubing Product Solutions
Natural rubber latex rubber tubing can be greatly affected by sunlight and ozone, so it is generally not recommended for outdoor use. But we went to work to find a solution for this. KEP created the natural rubber tubing product, K911. This product has a protective topcoat that reduces breakage, and protects from damaging oils, ozone and UV light – tripling the life of the natural rubber tubing.
KEP latex tubing product solutions are created by a unique dipping process that increases smoothness and eliminates die lines and seams on I.D. and O.D. surfaces. The consistency of the translucency and uniformity of color gives our customers in the medical and surgical industry and others unobstructed view of the liquid flow line. Superior sterilization properties also make it a great fit for all industries where sterilization is key because it is compatible with steam, ETO or gamma radiation.
Tell us about what your industry demands – we’re here to manufacture the latex tubing products that you need, efficiently and effectively. Coupled with conveniences like design, custom packaging, labeling, and inventory management, we aim to provide the best solutions possible.