How are these materials packaged?
Posted on 7/24/2014
Our rubbers, plastics, foams and other materials come to you packaged in plastic or metal containers of various sizes and configurations. What determines the “pack out” configuration of a rubber, plastic of foam system is 1) the mix ratio of the system (A + B), 2) the viscosity of the material and 3) the density of the material.
Unit sizes (A+B) include;
Trial Units – come to you packaged in pint bottles, quart bottles, pint jars or quart jars.
Gallon Units – packaged in gallon plastic buckets, metal cans or glass bottles.
5 Gallon Units – packaged in 5 gallon plastic and metal buckets.
55 Gallon Units – packaged in metal or plastic drums
Tote Units – equal 5 drum units. Packaged in a foil bag inside a heavy duty cardboard box.
When evaluating these materials for your projects, think in ‘weight’ measurements. Do not think ‘volume’.
Materials are packed by weight – don’t judge by appearances.
Our rubbers, plastics and foams are dispensed into the above containers by weight. Depending on the density of the material that you buy, the volume of the material in theses containers may be less or more. For example, a gallon unit of Vytaflex 20 urethane mold rubber contains 16 lbs. of liquid in both sides (A + B) and is 7/8 full by volume. A gallon unit of Brush-On 40 contains 18 lbs. of material – liquid in the Part A side and a heavy paste in the Part B side. Due to the density of the paste material, the Part B will only fill a gallon bucket ½ full volumetrically.
Don’t estimate the amount of material needed for your application by volume. Correlating the cubic inch per pound yield of the material with the cubic inches of your original (and possibly your mold box) is a more accurate determination for your material requirement.
The FAQ list is offered as a guideline and offers possible solutions to problems encountered during mold making and casting. No warranty is implied and it is up to the end user to determine suitability for any specific application. Always refer to the provided Technical Bulletins (TB) & Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) before using any material. A small scale test is suggested to determine suitability of any recommendation before trying on a larger scale for any application.