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Compound Development

Develop a Rubber Compound Formulation That You Own

  • Would you like to own and control the compound formula, and mold it yourself or put it out to various suppliers for sourcing?
  • Is there a competitive product that you want to meet or beat with your own offering?
  • Do you want to optimize an existing compound, or replace an ingredient to resolve supply, price or compliance issues?
  • Do you want to develop a compound for an extended or new application such as higher temperature/pressure conditions or improved chemical compatibility?

You’ve come to the right place.

We have experts that know the ins and outs of these projects with records of proven successes. We know and keep up with raw material suppliers. We know the intricacies of rubber mixing and compounding, which is both and art and a science. We have decades of experience in milling, calendaring, extruding, molding and vulcanization.

“Kick-back, shrinkage, blooming, banding, cold-flow, tack, plasticity, nerve” – all spoken here.

Independent By Design

Argen does not manufacture parts, and we do not have financial interests in any particular part, vendor or recipe. These facets of our business are intentional, and we take being independent seriously. Of course we have starting recipes and a wealth of knowledge about compounding, but our objective is to develop a compound that works for you…nothing more, nothing less.

Develop Compounds to Spec and Test Them

We are equipped with up-to-date mechanical and chemical testing capabilities to run standard ASTM, ISO and other industry tests. This allows us to iterate with the same standard methods that are typically called out in compound spec sheets. This enables us to make quick refinements on the fly when zeroing in on your specifications.

From Raw Materials to Finished Parts

Our deliverables will include what is needed to meet your requirements from raw materials to finished parts. When we scope a project we ask the right questions to ensure you get what you pay for. If you have a preferred molder or mixer we will work with them to safeguard against scale-up issues or problems in processing. These are the non-trivial steps that are often overlooked, and we have substantial experience in large scale Banbury mixing, processing and molding.

Start With Our Reverse Engineering

This type of work often begins with a competitive rubber, an exemplar product or current part whose formulation is unknown.  We have in-house expertise and equipment to  reverse engineer rubbers and polymers.  Our experience brings advanced techniques for identification of raw materials in cured compounds that is unmatched in our industry. We have developed proprietary databases to determine ingredients down to the level of specific cure agents, anti-degradants, plasticizers and more. This service puts us on the right path in compound development and it reduces guesswork and speculation.

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