Nitrile rubber (CF11) is a solid rubber material with good abrasion properties and resistance to oils and petroleum. Nitrile performs better than other materials in applications where petroleum, oils, aromatic hydrocarbons and acids are present and is widely selected as the material of choice in applications such as fuel pump diaphragms (Automotive), hoses (Automotive/Aircraft) and oil seals (Oil & Gas).
CB Frost also offer a BS (British standard) grade known as BS2751 Nitrile rubber. This grade will have enhanced characteristics, such as oil, petroleum, and abrasion resistance. The material will require a minimal level of polymer content and regular batch testing.
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The History Of Nitrile
Nitrile examination gloves were pioneered by Best Manufacturing (now Showa Best) who developed the first soft nitrile glove approximately 15 years ago. Once the value of nitrile examination gloves was established, Ansell introduced Touch & Tuff™ and Safeskin (now Kimberly Clark) with Blue Nitrile™ and shortly after Purple Nitrile™. These gloves and later introductions from other manufacturers are premium products aimed at solving specific problems (chemical resistance or latex allergy, for example), not really competing directly with latex examination gloves.
In the past year new nitrile gloves have entered the market aimed at widening the utility of nitrile examination gloves to replace natural rubber latex examination gloves. Although there are just a few new entrants to this market we can expect many others in the future.
Military and Automobiles
During World War I, the Allied and Central nations realised how important rubber was to their war effort and in 1929, Germany finally succeeded in producing homegrown synthetic rubber. After a couple of successful attempts at synthesizing synthetic rubber, two German chemists synthesized another synthetic rubber using acrylonitrile and butadiene, calling it Buna-N (nitrile).
The nitrile sheet rubber possessed physical traits similar to natural rubber but had a unique quality: oil-resistance. The new buna material could now be used as an automotive component, namely, in the form of a seal or gasket.
In 1939, World War II began. Warfare became much more mechanized than before, with automotives being used extensively in the form of jeeps, trucks, and tanks. Nitrile products were perfect for these applications because of their resistance to oil and grease and are still being used today.
To learn more about the advantages of using Nitrile material for your product or for further advice, you can call our knowledgeable and experienced team on 0121 773 8494.