Rubber product development with ACE pushes the performance of your rubber products to a new level. With advanced testing techniques and thorough reverse engineering, you can get ahead of your competitors with ACE’s help.

ACE supports our clients with quick, clear communication and the fastest turnaround times in the industry. If you are looking to develop a new product and bring it to market as soon as possible, ACE will get you there. Bring us your challenges, and we’ll put all our industry expertise into overcoming them.

Read on to learn more about product development services from ACE’s rubber product testing lab.

Rubber Product Development

Research and development is at the root of innovation. In vast, fast-paced global markets, the speed with which a company innovates can make all the difference in its success. Rubber product development with ACE helps you bring high performing products to market faster for a leg up on the competition.

Not only does thorough research help you surpass competitors in features and product performance, but it also ensures your products are safe and meet industry standards. 

Reverse Engineering

During the process of reverse engineering, ACE analyzes competitor products to learn more about their compositions. Clients can then learn from these compositions to improve the performance of their own products. 

Reverse engineering allows companies to introduce new and improved products to market more quickly. Early arrival to market is critical for product success and developing an innovative brand reputation—but only if the research behind the product is sound. That’s why the processes at ACE are thorough and efficient, with a focus on providing fast results that you can trust. 

Reverse engineering has other uses, as well. You may look into reverse engineering an old part that is no longer produced so you can continue using it, even if the supplier has gone out of business or discontinued the part. This saves you time and money because you don’t have to reengineer the way you produce a particular product to accommodate a missing part. Also, if you’re interested in owning the IP for your product or bringing your compounding and product manufacturing onshore, reverse engineering can help you accomplish your goals.

Formulation Development

What does formulation development entail? During the formulation development process, ACE adds certain chemicals to raw rubber in order to give the final material particular qualities. Different chemicals are added for different properties. This can be as simple as adding colorants to make the material a certain color, or as complex as adjusting the formulation for stronger, more durable, or more flexible rubber. 

ACE has access to top quality additives, rubber polymers, chemicals, and testing equipment, in addition to years of experience in the rubber and silicone industries. We can also test your rubber materials to ensure the desired properties are present, so you can impress customers with the high performance of your final product. 

Product Testing

Rubber testing techniques provide valuable insight about your material’s characteristics. These test methods can help you identify strengths and weaknesses in a material, informing your next formulation. When you understand where your material performs well and where it falls short, you can make the necessary changes to ensure the material is suitable for its end application. 

ACE can perform both chemical and physical tests, depending on your product goals.

Common test methods for product development include tear resistance, heat aging, and abrasion testing.

Tear Resistance

ACE uses tear resistance testing to evaluate the tear strength of common thermoplastic elastomers and vulcanized rubbers. Factors that influence tear strength include mechanical fibering (surface cracking), stress distribution, strain rate, and size or dimensions of the test sample. That’s why ACE uses tests that have a direct correlation to the service conditions used to predict tear resistance.

Heat Aging

Heat aging provides insight into a material’s suitability for a given application as well as the expected material life cycle. Through the application of a variety of test methods, ACE determines the material’s properties after oven exposure of varied time, length, and temperature.

Abrasion Testing

Abrasion testing is an important predictive tool used to determine the wear characteristics of materials. ACE then identifies the ways those wear characteristics could potentially impact overall performance in end application.

ACE Laboratories Development

ACE rubber product testing lab is committed to helping you develop the best, most innovative rubber products. Through thorough product development techniques like reverse engineering and rubber testing, ACE assists clients in gaining valuable knowledge about their rubber materials. 

ACE is here to help you bring new products to market faster than ever. 

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