RUBBER PROCESSING MANAGEMENT, LLC
An engineer, Larry Strauss, specializing in quality management and productive rubber processing, founded the company in 1994 to develop new rubber products and to assist rubber processors by offering outside knowledge.
● Quality and Productivity Improvements
● Process & Design FMEA’s
● Provide Design For Manufacture - DFM; and Design For Assembly - DFA
● Mold Prototypes
● Recipe Compounding
● Procure Cold Formed and Machined Metal Inserts for Over Molding
● Supply Molds and Tooling
● Provide Bonding Guidance
● Training of Personnel
Rubber Processing Management adopts a philosophy that there is one and only one best way to maintain quality and productivity. RPM first focuses on the rubber material meeting specification and the molding process, then continually improves and reduces variation and costs, which can only be achieved by removal of special causes of trouble using Deming methods for manufacturing
Some companies still process in the dark ages – and although they have years of experience, these companies are not leading edge suppliers. Knowledge in the industry has enhanced RPM’s imagination on how to process rubber products from the simplest of parts to the most difficult. Each product is unique and requires certain processing parameters dependent on the material, dimensions, tolerances and annual requirements. Innovations in rubber processing ranging from how to productively mix rubber to how it is molded, de-molded and finished are all important and open to cost reductions. RPM takes it from cradle to grave in ways that you cannot imagine.
Of course you can hire a green or black belt specialist in six-sigma methods. This is ok if that specialist has smelled rubber curing and knows enough not to pick up a molded part directly from the mold with bare hands. RPM was trained by Dr. Deming back in the mid – 1980’s in a rubber processing environment and keeps statistical process control simple. Operators and management will understand how control charts work and only collect variable data where it means something or is required. Not to fix the copy machine but instead to determine where and how the best lighting will significantly reduce defective rubber manufacturing for the person molding and inspecting the on-going process.
RPM quickly solves problems. From outside knowledge of rubber processing, tooling and rubber compounds, RPM troubleshoots the project and specifies how to meet customer expectations, reduce costs, and maintain process control. The economics and lean manufacturing in today’s global rubber industry has reduced the number of qualified personnel to assist major companies and tier suppliers.
How many times have you seen a drawing of a rubber part that makes you say, “who designed that?” or “how the heck will we make that over and over again without something going wrong?” RPM knows that proper Failure Modes & Effects Analysis and Design For Manufacture and Assembly are keys to successful planning of a new rubber product launch.
RPM is equipped to mold prototypes and uses the right compound to meet your material requirements. Prototype samples are quickly provided, as is production pricing to assist in your planning or market test survey.
Compounding is no longer a black art. The rubber industry is saturated with global companies that will substitute materials and compounding ingredients to cheapen the cost of the compound. This is RAMPANT in today’s competitive business climate. A simple switch of a peroxide type can make a difference, not to mention that the wrong polymer will be catastrophic. Rubber Processing Management works with polymer suppliers to use recipes that meet material specifications per the application and shares them with you.
Inserts For Over Molding
RPM works with a machining and cold forming company that has the knowledge required to make metal inserts used in the over molding process for rubber mold bonding.
Molds and Tooling
Each molded product requires specific molding techniques based on its processing requirements. RPM works with tool designers and a tool shop that only makes rubber molds. Careful thought is given to tool steels, cavity delivery, removing trapped air, part and flash removal. Expertise is in compression molding, hot and cold transfer molding and injection molding, with a focus on hot and cold runner or hot and cold transfer injection molding. Scrap-less molding reduces raw material preparation and labor costs, decreases cycle times and significantly reduces scrap. Direct manufacturing and material costs can be reduced by up to 40%.
Applications using rubber bonded to various metals and/or plastics require more thought. RPM offers technical assistance from an initial idea to supplying you with production parts meeting the strictest specifications and bond strengths. Synergy from compounding knowledge, bonding adhesive understanding, insert preparation know-how and mold design gives Rubber Processing Management an edge in working against the glue gods.
Training Technical Personnel
Too often, workers, including engineers, have learned their jobs from someone who was never properly trained. They are forced to follow pointless instructions or sometimes do not even know what their jobs are. They are in the dark and the company suffers as a team. RPM sees this and helps break the barriers between management and workers to institute proper training and understandable knowledge, which will only come from the outside - from RUBBER PROCESSING MANAGEMENT.
How to Contact Rubber Processing Management
I look forward to hearing from you.
Larry Strauss, President, Rubber Processing Management, L.L.C.