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DLR Elastomer Engineering - PU (RIM) Injection Moulding

DLR Elastomer Engineering

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Our core services include moulding rubber, rubber sheeting and cast polyurethane products. Our vast range of rubber sheets comes in widths up to 1.6m and thicknesses up to 25mm. We also have over 200 rubber grades available in both sheet and moulded forms.


Polyurethanes (PUs) are in a polymer class of their own. Polyether or polyester polyurethanes can be made depending on the choice of co-monomers used to produce them. PUs form a considerable part of the high-performance rubbers and plastics family. They combine the desired benefits of rigid materials with the elasticity of rubbers, bridging the gap between rubbers and plastics in the many industry sectors served by these versatile polymers.

PU rubber used in our polyurethane casting processes can easily be coloured, unlike regular millable rubbers and still exhibit better abrasion properties. Special materials can be added to obtain specific properties such as electrical conductivity. Polyether PUs are more resistant to hydrolysis than their polyester counterparts, giving them better water resistance.

In general, PU rubber is highly abrasion-resistant, from a hardness of 65 Shore A through to 75 Shore D! They are resistant to oxidation, ozone, sunlight & petroleum-based fuels & oils. PUs are generally considered to be chemical resistant polymers. Strong acids, alkalis and some strong solvents are to be avoided. PUs find continuous use in temperatures of up to 90°C with excursions to as high as 120°C. The resilience of PUs varies dramatically & can be tailored for specific applications.



PUs are amongst the select materials that are lightweight & durable enough to withstand the extreme forces present during driving. During polyurethane casting, these thermosetting polymers are uniquely capable of mitigating the punishing physical forces & temperature swings that cars are often subjected to.

PUs provide an alternative to rubber bushings, which tend to wear. Bushings provide a contact layer between two surfaces in a rotor connection. These have to be extremely durable & of low friction. PUs are highly resistant to abrasive forces & can be moulded with smooth surfaces of low friction. For these reasons, PU bushings located in engines & transmissions are more durable than their general rubber counterparts.

Oil & Gas

PUs are considered the natural choice for the oil & gas industry due to its cost-effectiveness & durability. Wear & tear are critical – oil & gas extraction is punishing. The sector demands durability, reliability & the ability to handle some of the most demanding environments imaginable.

PUs withstand formidable levels of corrosiveness, pressure, abrasion, impact & heat. They maintain stability in extreme downhole environments & as a coating inside pipelines responsible for moving sour gases & other corrosive substances.

Few materials can be moulded into as many components as polyurethane. Bushings, clamps, gears, liners, nozzles, pads, rollers, rings, seals, scrapers, tube – PU rubber can be fabricated into all these, with bespoke additions if needed.


The margin for error in the aerospace industry is zero. Materials for applications in the sky, stratosphere & space are required to perform without fault. Rubber materials are proven to withstand the demanding stresses & temperature variations needed for the environment the products find service in.

DLR designs the rubber compound, parts & tooling, enabling the products to maintain their properties when subjected to the extremes of the operating temperature range. The rubber can be formulated on-site to meet your specific physical properties & colour requirements.


ISO 9001, ISO 14001


Our PU, Sorbothane, has good vibration isolation and vibration damping characteristics. This makes it very effective as an acoustic damper. Sorbothane can also be bonded to other materials such as PTFE and metals. This enables our engineers to produce high-level abrasion-resistant parts in a range of hardness colours through proprietary mixtures. Two industries where PUs’ overall ability to resist abrasion, heat, solvents and oil make it the polymer of choice are oil & gas and automotive. PUs’ damping properties make it ideal for drive belts, conveyor belt systems & assembly lines in some applications.


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