When you come up with a rubber part and it's going to be customized through manufacturing, you need to focus on a particular compound. Only then will custom rubber parts manufacturing work out. These practices can help you make the right assessments for an optimal compound selection.
Review Temperature Exposure
The rubber parts you end up making through custom rubber parts manufacturing will be exposed to certain temperatures. You need to know what these are prior to selecting a compound to use in manufacturing. Then you can feel good about your rubber parts not sustaining damage when around certain environments.
How are your rubber parts going to be used, and where will they be when they are used? These questions can reveal the supported temperature range to shoot for when selecting rubber compounds, whether it's EDPM or neoprene.
Determine if Chemical Exposure is a Possibility
Some rubber compounds are exposed to chemicals. That won't ever be a lingering problem your rubber part manufacturer has to address later if it makes the proper chemical assessments early on when trying to select an appropriate rubber compound.
Again, think about where these rubber parts are going and the nature in which they will be used. These assessments should be enough to determine if chemicals are a possible contaminant you have to account for in the rubber compounds you choose for manufacturing certain parts for clients.
Become Familiar with Properties of Different Compounds
Sometimes it isn't until you start messing around with different rubber compounds for parts when you realize what is and isn't going to work. You can order samples of different rubber compounds to review their nature for yourself for as long as you want.
You can even put these rubber compounds through tests, such as exposing them to certain temperatures and environments. Then you'll have no question how each rubber compound will work based on what you're using rubber parts for. After these initial tests, it should be much easier to go with an optimal rubber compound that does end up being the perfect choice.
Pretty early on when manufacturing custom rubber parts, you need to determine what compound or compounds these parts will be made out of. You don't want to neglect this decision because of the impact it has on manufacturing success. Do your part to truly analyze different compounds until you know you're going to get great manufacturing results.