Rubber Moulding in Birmingham
Birmingham and the West Midlands is at the centre of rail innovation in the UK and a leader in the low-carbon movement.
The West Midlands is home to a number of businesses and bodies that are at the cutting edge of the rail industry, which includes Europe’s largest rail research group.
The West Midlands rail industry consists mainly of companies operating within rail supply followed by railway systems. In Birmingham alone, this sector employs over 2,500 people, making it the UK’s largest regional rail hub.
At SRM we have been producing rubber moulded parts for the rail industry for over 40 years. We have an in-depth knowledge of the industry and are:
- British Rail Approved
- Channel Tunnel Approved
- Bombardier Approved
We hold stock of British Rail-approved Neoprene as well as low-smoke low-toxicity Silicone.
With our head office just a stone’s throw from Birmingham in Hatton we are well positioned to service the needs of Birmingham’s rail sector
Our experience in the rail industry is second-to-none, producing everything from door and air-con seals to injection moulded rail pads for rail tracks.
We also offer compression moulded ‘repair and replace’ services (e.g. for refurbishment of train carriages, including seals and buffers.)
Our gasket department is also heavily involved in the rail industry, producing high- and low-volume gaskets, seals and buffers.
Injection Rubber Moulding
Injection rubber moulding provides a vast range of products: from making rubber gaiters for joystick manufacture, where there is a need for high volumes but with a high level of consistency across multiple batches; oil seals where accuracy is essential; to water couplings to prevent leaks. Even buttons for breathing apparatus, where precision and durability is paramount, as lives can be at risk.
The Benefits of Injection Rubber Moulding:
- FASTER CYCLING
- INCREASED ACCURACY
- INCREASED QUALITY CONTROL
- MINIMISES RUBBER WASTE
- MORE COST-EFFECTIVE
- REAL DATA & PROCESS MONITORING
Compression Rubber Moulding
Compression rubber moulding is generally used in low-volume applications, as the tooling cost is more economical. There is less set up waste as there is no requirement to purge out the machine. This makes it ideal for niche industry replacement parts such as motorbike spares and for the vintage car market. It also allows larger, thicker products to be moulded - in excess of 20kgs in weight - and we can also produce larger sized mouldings up to 850sq mm in size.
The Benefits of Compression Rubber Moulding:
- LOW VOLUME
- REDUCED TOOL COSTS
- LESS WASTE
- MOULD IN EXCESS OF 20KG
- MOULD UP TO 850MM
- LOW LEAD TIMES
Low-Smoke, Low-Toxicity Mouldings
The two main options when it comes to low-smoke, low-toxicity compliance are:
Silicone, when the application required needs to withstand temperatures in excess of 120C; or EPDM, which is much more cost-effective than silicone but has a maximum operating temperature of 120C.
Typical industries where low-smoke, low-toxicity mouldings are required include:
- and more generally, any application which will be used in a confined space.
At SRM, we design, manufacture and supply rubber and rubber-to-metal bonded anti-vibration mountings for all types of industrial application. The primary objective is to eliminate harmful vibrations, noise and shock.
Our product range is extremely diverse, ranging from air suspensions, engine mounts, cab mounts, shock mounts and spherical bearings through to simple rubber buffers, brushes, mouldings and machine-levelling feet.
Here at SRM we’ve been producing rubber-to-plastic bonded products for over 40 years and have an extensive knowledge of the process and its applications.
Typical applications we have worked on include:
- Fire service breathing equipment
- White goods (plunger buttons)
- Control keypads