Author: Prescott

History of Rubber: The Rubber Economy 1870 – 1930

Until the middle of the 19th century, the rubber market was limited by the physical properties of natural rubber. After Charles Goodyear’s invention of vulcanisation in 1839, which modified natural rubber to withstand extreme temperature variation, the market for rubber goods widened significantly. Soon, the production of hoses, industrial bands, sheets, shoes and shoe soles […]

Spotlight: Stress Relaxation Testing On A Mooney Viscometer

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The stress relaxation of rubber can be tested using a Mooney Viscometer instrument. The rate of relaxation can be used to deduce important properties of rubber, including elastic and viscous behaviour, and rubber structure characteristics. Test Description A Mooney Viscometer consists of a rotor (cylindrical metal disc) embedded in a rubber sample inside a sealed […]

History of Rubber: Development & Vulcanisation

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Despite having been introduced to the Europeans from the 15th century, the practical and industrial applications of natural rubber were not forthcoming for some time. The first scientific paper on rubber was not written until 1751 by the French scientist Charles de la Condamine after he returned from his expedition in Peru. Over time many […]

History of Rubber: Discovery & Early Uses

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The earliest archaeological use of natural latex dates back to the Olmec culture (2,500 to 400 BCE), a major Mesoamerican civilisation who occupied the present-day tropical lowlands of Mexico. The indigenous population made balls using the primitive rubber harvested from the latex-producing tree, Castilla elastica, also known as the Panama rubber tree. There is strong […]

Prescott Instruments Coronavirus Update

Prescott Instruments are pleased to inform you that, in line with the latest government guidelines, we have successfully adapted our office and working practices to safely welcome back all of our office staff. In addition, our service engineers are able to visit customer sites to perform instrument service and calibration. As staff safety is our […]

Prescott Instruments Coronavirus Statement

As a responsible company, the health and safety of our staff, our partners and our customers are our highest priority as we face the challenges of the Coronavirus. To minimise the risk of infection as far as possible, Prescott Instruments Ltd. are following all guidelines issued by Public Health England and reviewing our own policies […]

Visit us at the K Show 2019

Prescott Instruments are proud to announce that we will be returning to exhibit at the K Show 2019, held in Dusseldorf, Germany. From the 16th – 23rd October 2019, join us at the world’s largest trade fair for plastics and rubber.  See our range of instruments in person, talk to our technical experts and discuss […]

Prescott Instruments Launches Tensile Tester Range

Take Your Testing To New Heights With High-Elongation Tensile Testers Expand the capabilities of your lab with the brand new range of high-elongation tensile testers from Prescott Instruments. Available as both 5kN and 10kN units, the T5 and T10 models have a working extension of up to 1200mm. As a fundamental part of mechanical testing, […]

India Rubber Expo 2019

In January 2019 Prescott Instruments attended the India Rubber Expo (IRE) 2019, the 10th international exhibition and conference of its kind, held in Mumbai, India.


Over the course of 3 days, this much anticipated event served as a valuable platform to showcase a range of Prescott Instruments products and demonstrate our capabilities. Our testing experts were kept busy speaking with both new and existing customers across the rubber industry.


This year, we exhibited machines from both our Rheometer and Dynamic Testing lines. Our new all-electric 10kN DMA complete with temperature cabinet delivered clean, powerful testing of compounds and complete products up to 300Hz. The Multifunction Rheometer (MFR) and Mooney-Line Viscometer demonstrated our proven expertise at rheology across the rubber testing industry. Visitors were also welcome to test drive our Labline software, a sophisticated solution to the testing and data-processing needs of modern industry.




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