Astro-Tex is well-known for its ability to manufacture custom parts, whether a single cavity prototype tool or a large production run tool is required. Our company keeps up with rising customer demand by investing in new tooling and increasing inventory levels. As a result, we now have hundreds of stock and custom parts in our offerings.
Among the high-quality products available from Astro-Tex are grommets in various diameters, grooves, and thicknesses. They come in 60 durometer black SBR. Styrene-butadiene rubber (SBR) is a low-cost non-oil resistant material with good water resistance and resilience up to 70 durometers.
What Are the Rubber Grommet Materials?
Industrial rubber grommets can be made from various materials, including natural rubber, nitrile rubber, silicone, neoprene, and fluorine rubber. In addition, four other materials commonly used for rubber grommets are listed below:
Styrene-Butadiene Rubber (SBR)
SBR comprises 75% butadiene and 25% styrene and has good abrasion resistance and aging stability when protected by additives. It is a low-cost option similar to nitrile rubber and is commonly used in hoses, gaskets, belts, and seals.
Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM)
This synthetic rubber is resistant to heat, light, and ozone exposure. EPDM is ideal for sealing applications because it is electrically insulating and weather-resistant.
Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)
TPEs, also known as thermoplastic rubbers, are a type of copolymer or a physical mix of polymers (usually plastic and rubber) that have both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. They are low-cost materials with excellent electrical properties and resistance to flexural fatigue, chemicals, and weathering.
Thermoplastic Vulcanizate (TPV)
TPV is a TPE that has been vulcanized using resin and synthetic rubber technology. It is an excellent choice for sealing applications because its properties resemble EPDM. TPV is also used in the automotive industry for under-the-hood applications requiring heat and oil resistance.
What Are the Benefits of Using Industrial Rubber Grommets?
Grommets are commonly used in construction, production, manufacturing, and other related industries to cover a metal hole’s sharp and rough edges. Some of their benefits include the following:
- Reduce wear on electrical wiring that runs through sharp holes.
- Seal off pipes or wiring.
- Improve the appearance of drilled or punched holes.
- Reduce noise and vibration under light equipment.
What Are the Different Types and Applications of Rubber Grommets?
Rubber grommets come in various sizes and shapes and with different applications.
Standard grommets are made to fit easily into sheet-metal holes. For automotive applications, they are available in various materials, including SBR and TPV.
Stepped grommets, commonly made from EPDM, accommodate different cable diameters. They can be tapered for thicker cable applications or cut to the user’s specifications. These grommets are widely used in panels and HVAC systems and function as a rubber grommet blanking plug until cut.
Sealing Grommets – IP 67
Sealing grommets made from EPDM snap easily into round holes and can withstand vibrations. These waterproof cable grommets have an IP 67 rating for outdoor use and can withstand oily and greasy environments.
Push-In Flexible Grommets
Push-in flexible grommets are made from TPE and polypropylene. They are simple to install and do not require any tools. They are also ideal for small-space applications, such as control panels and unthreaded holes.
These rubber cable grommets with a thin central film can be punctured to allow different wire sizes to pass through an enclosure or a panel. They are commonly found in control systems and are available in TPE.
Quick Fit Grommets
Quick-fit grommets are available in TPE or silicone and can be made for quick and easy installation. They are frequently found in panels and enclosures.
Rubber Grommets Edging
Rubber grommet edging comes in TPE and protects wire or cable runs along rough edges. They are used as automotive and industrial rubber grommets and come in rolls that users can cut to their desired length.
High-Quality Stock Grommets From Astro-Tex
Astro-Tex is a market leader in quality solutions, customizations for grommet needs, and other manufacturing capabilities! We take pride in providing prompt, friendly, and dependable service.
Using our stock grommets in your application can save time and money! We can customize it for you if our catalog contains something other than the grommet you need for your requirements. Our team can also help you find the best material for your application and provide sample parts to evaluate and see if it meets your needs.