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Rubber Bands

Rubber Bands Rubber bands are a stretch of rubber and latex in the shape of a loop and are widely used to hold objects together. Rubber bands are known by various names like binder, elastic, elastic bands, lacker band or gumband. These bands are frequently used in many businesses, industries as well as at home. They are well suited for holding multiple objects together and are reusable and economical. Rubber band sizes vary according to their intended use. These elastic rubber band colors too differ. Today, in the 21st century, rubber bands are considered one of the most convenient rubber products, used by many individuals and industries for a wide variety of purposes. Industrial rubber bands are made to perform heavy duty. These industrial rubber bands have specific sizes and are very strong rubber bands , designed to stabilize almost any size load.

Manufacturing Process of Rubber Band

Rubber bands manufacturers make them by extruding rubber into a long tube to give its general shape, placing these tubes on mandrels and curing the rubber with heat, slicing it across the width of the tube into small rubber bands. For making the long rubber tube, the rubber band manufacturers use high grade synthetic rubber, which is then sliced into little bands. Rubber bands are also manufactured using natural rubber because of its superior elasticity. With the vulcanization process and emergence of synthetic rubber, these bands have become more durable and elastic. The size of a small rubber band can be less than an inch in diameter, while large rubber bands can be several feet across. For detailed manufacturing process of rubber band, read our article Rubber Bands: The Making

Rubber Bands Sizes and Measuring

Standard rubber bands are assigned a "size number" that corresponds to the dimensions of the elastic rubber band - its length, width and thickness dimensions. Following are the details of the measuring of rubber band sizes-
Rubber Bands Sizes
Rubber Bands Sizes
There are various number of standard rubber band sizes available in the market. If the appropriate size is not available with the rubber bands wholesale suppliers, they can get custom rubber bands made through the rubber band manufacturers according to customers' exact specifications. Customers can specify the diameter, width, and wall thickness of the rubber band size that they require. They can also get printed custom rubber bands.

Rubber Bands Size Numbers

Rubber Bands Sizes Number
Rubber Bands Size Numbers
Rubber bands are given a standard number based on dimensions. Usually the are numbered starting from smallest to largest, width first. Therefore, rubber bands numbered 8-19 are 1/16 inch wide, with length ranging from 7/8 inch to 3 1/2 inches. The numbers 30-34 are 1/8 inch wide, going again from shorter to longer. Even for long rubber bands, the numbering starts over for numbers above 100, again starting at width 1/16 inch.

Types of Rubber Used in Rubber Bands

All rubber bands are not made of the same material. There are four primary materials used to make them. They are Natural Rubber, Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPM, EPDM), Synthetic polyisoprene, and Silicone compounds. These materials have special properties that make them best for certain jobs.

Rubber Bands Uses

The rubber bands are used to hold a large number of things such as follows:

Applications of Rubber Bands

Rubber Bands have an extensive range of applications in both heavy and small industries like agriculture,packaging, stationery, fishery, transportation, leisure trades etc. the heavy duty industrial rubber bands are used for more demanding jobs.

Rubber Bands Consumption in US

Rubber bands have a large variety of uses and have become one of the United States business staple over the years. The largest consumer of rubber bands in the world is the U.S. Post Office. There is annual order of millions of pounds of bands which are used in sorting and delivering piles of mail. The newspaper industry also uses their large quantities to keep individual newspapers rolled or folded before they are delivered from home to home. Another large consumer of rubber band is the agricultural products industry. The flower industry uses them to hold together bouquets. They are also tied around the petals of flowers (especially tulips) to keep them from opening in transit. Vegetables such as celery are bunched together with the help of these bands. The plastic coverings over broccoli, cauliflower, other vegetables and fruits are often tied with them. All in all, more than 30 million pounds of rubber bands are sold in the United States alone each year.

Buying Tips for Wholesale Rubber Bands

For wholesale rubber bands purchase, the basic factors that must be taken into consideration are as follows:

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