What is Urethane Used For?

Urethane is an incredibly versatile material with uses in everything from military applications to ATM machines. Thanks to the special properties of urethane, it is a preferred alternative to plastics, rubbers, and metals in many cases. Click the boxes below to learn more about how urethane is used in various industries.

 

  • Belts Belts
  • Self-service Machines Self-service Machines
  • Electronics Electronics
  • Marine Marine
  • Medical Medical
  • Military Military
  • Mining Mining
  • Telecomunications Telecomunications
  • Textiles Textiles
  • Transportation Transportation
  • Water Utilities Water Utilities

MPC offers a full range of custom belt solutions including stretch bands, flat belts, and timing belts.  We can supply single and dual durometer urethane belts. These belts can be unreinforced or equipped with different strand reinforcement support if your needs dictate.  MPC is one of the few custom belt suppliers worldwide that can provide semi-conductive formulations for superior static-dissipation or bias-charging capabilities.   MPC also features micro-cellular belts that have superior surface shedding of all standard paper clays and most surface build up contaminates.

MPC Belts Superior Properties:

  • Non-Marking
  • Color Coding
  • Molded Belt Profiles & Shapes
  • Dual Durometer Constructions
  • Semi-conductive belts
  • Various cord reinforcements for strength and flexibility
  • Micro-cellular foam belts that shed surface debris & contaminates
  • Chemical and Ozone Resistant
  • Assorted Urethane Durometers from 15A – 90 Shore A
  • Custom Fabrication (perforations, tracking channels, vacuum slots)

If you have a custom belt application that might benefit from the unique properties of urethane, call 401-946-4400 or email us.

Urethane formulations you can count on.

The self-service machine industry relies heavily on paper handling machines to process currency and checks, and perform billing and other administrative tasks. ATM, ticket handling and postal equipment require precise movement at high speeds, with a constant coefficient of friction so as to avoid jamming or double-feeds.

app_banking_2MPC Banking Application: Traditional rubber components generate tribocharge from friction, but semi-conductive urethane components effectively control charge density for precise toner dispensing. They also reduce tribocharge buildup eliminating potential fire hazards and preventing paper jams during transport. Furthermore, MPC’s specially formulated antistatic components eliminate the need for carbon black or metallic brushes typically used to control ESD in critical paper handling applications.

MPC’s urethane polymers are the material of choice for sensitive self-service machine components like rollers, wheels, pick pads, and foam conveyors. Our formulations possess an excellent compression set, a high coefficient of friction, and unique self-cleaning properties that make them ideal for high-volume paper moving applications.

If you have a self-service machine application that might benefit from the unique properties of urethane, call 401-946-4400 or email us.

Taking charge of ESD.

app_electronics_2MPC urethanes are used in antistatic drive belts for silicon wafer transport and also play a vital role in micro-circuitry protection. Applying a thin film top-coat of a highly conductive urethane to computer chips, circuit boards, and other electronic components prevents the buildup and potentially destructive discharge of static electricity in sensitive micro-circuitry.

If you have an electronics application that might benefit from the unique properties of urethane, call 401-946-4400 or email us.

Seafaring urethanes that stand the test of time.

app_marina_2Castable urethanes are extremely resistant to the swelling and degenerative effects of water immersion and have excellent long-term stability, making them the ideal choice for a variety of marine applications. MPC manufactures solid urethane with a hardness of 50A-80D for use in Naval underwater applications. We’ve also cast tough and flexible ether-based urethanes for use in underwater cable connectors. Ether-based urethanes are specially formulated to prevent bacteria growth and sustain the high pressure and extreme temperatures found in deep-sea environments.

If you have a marine application that might benefit from the unique properties of urethane, call 401-946-4400 or email us.

Just what the doctor ordered.

app_medical_2Ether-based or ester-based MDI urethanes with hardness factors ranging from 30A-95A are commonly used for both medical and FDA applications. Urethane prepolymers are cured with special medical and FDA grade curatives. Other castable silicone rubber formulations are used in applications where surface release characteristics and high temperatures (400˚F) are required. You’ll find our medical-grade urethane rollers in a number of medical printing devices including those used for X-ray machines and heart monitors.

If you have a medical application that might benefit from the unique properties of urethane, call 401-946-4400 or email us.

Engineered to soldier on.

app_military_2MPC manufactures graphite impregnated standard shapes and other urethane composites to be machined by Code I suppliers for the military. You’ll find our engineered components in a variety of applications from mission critical valve seals in nuclear submarines to tail end couplings in defense helicopters.

If you have a military application that might benefit from the unique properties of urethane, call 401-946-4400 or email us.

Urethane solutions for technology that runs deep.

app_mining_2MPC manufactures semi-conductive urethane rollers and wheels with a hardness of 60A-60D for use in separation, transport, and milling processes in the mining industry. The combination of high wear resistance, tear resistance, and high shear strength make urethane the ideal choice for this challenging environment.

If you have a mining application that might benefit from the unique properties of urethane, call 401-946-4400 or email us.

Semi-conductive formulations that cover all the bases.

app_telecomm_2MPC manufactures semi-conductive urethanes with volume resistivities ranging from 1E8 ohm.cm to 5E9 ohm.cm for use in a variety of antistatic applications in the telecommunications industry. You’ll find these materials in carrying cases for electronics components and in conductive conveyor belt systems used for transporting cards and disks in clean room applications. Semi-conductive urethane is often used for electronic outfits to reduce static buildup and the potentially destructive discharge of static electricity. In fact, anti-static properties are required by ISO for the use of electronic covering materials.

If you have a telecommunications application that might benefit from the unique properties of urethane, call 401-946-4400 or email us.

The fabric that keeps the textile industry rolling.

app_textiles_2High-performance, wear-resistant urethanes with a hardness range of 60A to 60D have been used in high-speed textile thread-weaving machines because they provide a stable and consistent coefficient of friction. The result is fewer manufacturing defects and less downtime.  By blending a conductive agent into the urethane formulation, we’re able to reduce the potential for generating static electricity and sparks, especially in dry, cold manufacturing environments. Antistatic polyurethanes are also used in textile printing, dyeing, and finishing processes.

If you have a textile application that might benefit from the unique properties of urethane, call 401-946-4400 or email us.

Urethane technology for a smoother and smarter ride.

app_tranportation_2Urethanes with a hardness range of 50A to 60D are suitable for use in wheels, belts, foam interior decorations, noise absorption applications, cushions, bumpers, gaskets, and sealing components. In fact, specialty urethanes with either high dampening characteristics or high resilience properties are used in a diverse range of auto industry applications. You’ll even find these special formulations in the rugged blades used for plowing snow and blending concrete. You’ll find our semi-conductive urethanes in a variety of antistatic transportation applications. Semi-conductive formulations are also used to create ideal surface conditions for electrostatic spray painting in the automotive industry.

If you have a transportation application that might benefit from the unique properties of urethane, call 401-946-4400 or email us.

Making a splash with urethanes.

app_waterUtilities_2Ether-based urethanes have relatively good reversion resistance in high humidity. They possess superior physical and mechanical properties compared to rubbers with the same hardness. Ether-based urethanes are commonly used in parts that are either immersed in water for extended periods of time or exposed to harsh environmental conditions and weather extremes. For example, you’ll find these durable, wear-resistant urethane formulations in fin paddles for boats, and in the rollers used in car wash conveyor systems. Our lightweight, closed-cell, rigid foams are commonly used in the manufacture of surfboards and life-saving flotation devices.

If you have a water application that might benefit from the unique properties of urethane, call 401-946-4400 or email us.