Material Specifications for Rubber Products

Jefferson Rubber Works produce an extensive range of high quality, precision made, and cost-efficient molded rubber parts. The company and their highly competent staff have more than 40 years of experience to meet every custom rubber molded injection requirement from design to the supply of the high-quality products that you need.

All products are subject to stringent quality controls throughout the manufacturing process so that they meet the design specifications demanded by their customers for their product. Jefferson Rubber Works also provide in-house testing and verification by customer appointed certification agencies.

Products can be designed, manufactured, and tested to meet the following standards:

MIL – Military Specification

The Military Standard Specification is designed to achieve the standardization objectives of the United States Department of Defence. Standardization is crucial to the military to ensure the interoperability, commonality, reliability, interchangeability, and value for money for materials across all services and units while remaining compatible with its logistics systems. There are currently almost fifty Military Specifications.

MIL Specifications are also applied by other government departments and industry in general,  including some outside the United States.

ASTM – The American Society for Testing and Materials

The American Society for Testing and Materials was founded in 1893 and is now known as ASTM International. It is an international standards organization that sets more than 12,500 technical standards for a range of materials, products, systems, and services.  Many federal, state and municipal government regulations incorporate ASTM Standards.

ASTM International has more than 30,000 members globally, and its technical committees determine a wide range of specification by consensus. ASTM International produces standards and has laboratories in 104 countries testing and certifying products.

UL – Underwriters Laboratories

Formerly known as Underwriters Laboratories, this global certification company specializes in the safety analysis of many new technologies. A large part of its mandate concerns safety issues, including hazardous substances, water quality, food safety, performance testing, and operational safety. There are currently more than fifty-five UL standards.

FDA – The Food and Drug Administration

The FDA or The Food and Drug Administration of the United States is responsible for protecting and promoting public health. The FDA evaluates products and issues regulations based on the laws of the country. Its mandate is the control and supervision of food and medical safety in the United States, including tobacco products, medicines, vaccines, and medical devices. The FDA also regulates food additives and drugs given to animals.

FDA compliance concerning food grade materials indicates that they are safe to use in contact with food products.

WRAS – Water Regulations Advisory Scheme

The Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS) is a United Kingdom-based company that sets standards for plumbing systems, water fittings, and equipment used in the supply of water from public water supplies. In the United Kingdom, it is illegal to install non-WRAS approved accessories where human health could be compromised.

Materials & components, such as rubber sheeting, piping & ‘O’ rings, undergo testing only for their effects on water quality.  This type of approval demonstrates that the product does not itself contaminate the water and therefore satisfies this particular requirement of laws and regulations. Materials are tested in accordance with the British 6920 Standard.

NQA – American Society of Mechanical Engineers

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers or ASME NQA provides a regulatory standards organization that provides certification programs for companies supplying items or services to nuclear facilities. To date, the NQA has set eleven sets of standards and eighteen requirements.

ISO 9001:2015 – International Standards Organization

The International Standards Organization sets several global standards for certification. ISO 9001 refers specifically to the requirements for a quality management system that can consistently deliver products and services that meet customer and regulatory requirements. The quality management systems are beneficial to both customers and manufacturers alike and lay the foundations for a process of continuous improvement of systems and products.

Jefferson Rubber Works is dedicated to providing its customers with high quality molded rubber products that meet the highest specification in terms of customer and regulatory requirements. The products, management systems, source materials, and production processes can match the United States and international standards required by their clients. Jefferson Rubber Works has extensive in-house and outsourced product testing facilities for high quality assurance.