Industrial applications involve the equipment and tools used in the manufacture of products. Unlike humans, industrial equipment rarely gets a break. In production machinery, certain components must perform under high stress and repeated abuse. Many of Hapco’s urethane and epoxy formulations are well suited to these applications because of their durability, abrasion and chemical resistance, and superior performance in extreme environments. Pads, rollers, fixtures, coatings, covers, liners, gaskets, etc. are all examples of industrial components that have been made with Hapco materials.
Hapco’s Hapflex™ and Hapcast™ are commonly used for making industrial fixtures. A fixture is a part-holding or support device used during assembly, painting, gluing, drilling, machining, bending, polishing, post-curing, etc. All fixtures are built to fit a particular part or shape and their purpose varies depending on the application. When used to retain a part’s shape at elevated temperatures, the fixture is often just a duplicate half of the original mold. In this case, a material with a higher service temperature, like Hapcast, should be used.
Many fixtures have a more open design, allowing access to the part while keeping it stable at the same time. The Hapflex™ 500 Series materials are flexible and grip very well, making them better suited to fixtures with few points of contact to a part. This series is also widely used for gaskets, non-slip coatings, grips, dampening pads for shock and vibration absorption, and other applications where flexibility and durability are required. The Hapflex™ 600 Series are semi-rigid, hybrid elastomers that can take a large amount of repeated abuse. This makes them a perfect choice for assembly fixtures, pulley wheel and roller coatings, stamping pads, covers, linings, and just about anything that takes a serious beating.