Rubber Bellow Materials » Bellow Material Selection Guide

The rubber material selection plays a crucial role in the performance of the rubber bellow in the actual application. Columbia Engineered Rubber maintains an in house lab that can customize existing compounds to meet virtually any application demand. Below you'll find a selection of the common rubber bellow materials & compounds to assist you with your bellow application demands.

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Rubber Bellows Materials » Standard & Speciality Compounds

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Rubber Bellow Materials » Specialized Applications

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NSF 61 Compliant
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Rubber bellows can be made with NSF 61 complaint material, this material is approved for use with potable drinking water applications. NSF International is an independent non-profit organization designed for consumer protection world wide.
FDA Compliant
Rubber bellow materials can be made with FDA compliant materials. This material can carry approval for use with various Food, Beverage, Dairy or general industry use. FDA is the U.S. government Food and Drug Administration.
Mil Spec
Rubber bellow materials can be made from Mil-Spec compliant materials. The materials can carry specific certifications to meet standards set forth by the U.S. Department of Defense. These specifications can vary depending on actual bellow application.
USP Class VI
Rubber bellows can be made with USP Class VI compliant material. These materials are compliant with the U.S. Pharmacopeia. These materials maybe required for use in the medical industry or for hygienic equipment.
Rubber Bellow Materials » Custom Compounds
Our custom material compounds are individually engineered to your application requirements. Using polymers based on our own raw materials for your application allows us to design the highest performance materials to satisfy even the most rigid of functional demands. Using our in house rubber compound experts with a global materials database, and the latest in testing software gives us the edge in creating the perfect compound for your application. Finally our computer controlled procedures ensures the highest quality standards in the compounding and the manufacturing processes.

If you would like to speak with a member of our Engineering Team please call us at 1-800-227-2539 x119.
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Due to the number of interacting forces, it is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOUR ELASTOMER SELECTION BE RIGOROUSLY TESTED IN THE ACTUAL APPLICATION, performance assumptions must be checked so that you are certain that all variables have been carefully considered.
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