Clifton Rubber is one of the UK’s best known names in the rubber lining industry.
We undertake projects for organisations in various industries including offshore, water treatment and material handling. Our experienced staff are experts in lining plant and equipment such as:
We undertake all of our rubber lining work in our factory based in St Ives, Cambridgeshire and can accommodate break down situations where a fast turnaround is necessary. We can refurbish old linings or install new linings as required with the large capacity of our steam autoclaves enabling us to process work up to 3m in diameter and 8m in length.
We also offer a sub-contract vulcanisation service providing companies the use of our high volume autoclaves.
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The item being lined must first be cleaned and prepped in order to achieve an adequate bond between the metal surface and rubber lining. Typically the surface is cleaned of any surface contaminants and then shot blasted in our shot 40′ blast cabinet to provide a suitable key. The surface is then primed and a bonding agent is applied to chemically adhere the rubber to the surface.
There are two methods for lining surfaces which are hot bond and cold bond.
Hot bond is where the uncured rubber compound is shaped to the required size and adhered to the steel surface to be lined. The assembly is then placed in a steam autoclave to facilitate the vulcanisation process. During this stage the rubber will cross link to form a tough and durable lining whilst the bonding agent chemicals will react to form an exceptional adhesion between steel surface and the rubber.
Cold bond is where a cured rubber sheet is cut to size and then chemically adhered to the steel surface. Whilst this will not provide as good an adhesion as hot bond, it is more suitable in certain applications.
Once the item has been cured in the autoclave it is then sometimes necessary to make good any joints and seams to ensure an exceptional surface finish for our customers.
We can line items in the majority of commercially available rubber compounds including Natural Rubber, EPDM, SBR, Neoprene, Nitrile and Hypalon. Hardness and colours can be specified to suit our customer’s needs, whilst materials can be formulated to meet more specific requirements including:
If you need any extra information on materials properties please contact us.
We work with customers from a wide range of industries across the UK, Europe and around the World. Some of these industries are listed below:
“Clifton have lined several barrels, tanks and other bits for us. Service is always first class and the product we receive always stands up to the task. Look forward to working with Clifton again in the near future.”
Sarah, Purchasing Manager, Food Processor