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Curing Cariflex™ IR0401 at lower oven temperatures
Some Cariflex IR0401 glove and condom customers experience problems in maintaining the recommended curing temperature of 130°C in their ovens. This leads to undercured films with suboptimal mechanical properties.
At KIC-A, we recently investigated several Akron master-batches of compounding chemicals. We found that, by using the right Bostex™ masterbatch, the curing temperature can be significantly reduced, while maintaining good tensile strength in the final film.
Films from Natural Rubber Latex have good wet-gel strength. Many synthetic rubber latices have inferior wet-gel strength1). This can lead to problems in processing the synthetic-latex compound into dipped goods, as the uncured film has limited film integrity yet. Kraton has identified a way to significantly improve the we-gel strength of Cariflex IR-401 based compounds.
Review of Synthetic Lattices In Surgical Glove Use
The majority of surgical gloves are still manufactured from natural rubber latex. However, in the race to reduce patient and medical staff allergy risks, a growing number of hospitals aim to eliminate products made from natural rubber, including surgical gloves. Examples of the alternative synthetic materials used today in surgical gloves include polychloroprene and polyisoprene. However, replacement of natural rubber latex surgical gloves by synthetic alternatives has caused in the past some concerns regarding comfort and protection.
Cariflex™ Polyisoprene Products
Clear, Colorless and Transparent Compounds
Cariflex polyisoprene rubber, properly compounded, can be used to produce clear, colorless and transparent rubber parts and sheets. The compounds can be used in application areas such as:
Transparent shoe soles
• Medical sheets
• Electronic insulation