Author: Prescott

Prescott Instruments at DKT IRC 2021 – Nuremberg, Germany

From the 27th to the 30th of June 2022, Prescott Instruments are exhibiting at the DKT IRC 2021 in Nuremberg, Germany. Over four days, more than 250 exhibitors are gathering to showcase the latest developments in the rubber industry. Visit Prescott Instruments at Stand 124 in Hall 9 to meet our team, view our instruments […]

2021: A Year in Review

Take a look back at what’s been happening in 2021 Before we dive into 2022, Prescott Instruments would like to review some of the newest additions to our portfolio of products and services that we have introduced during 2021. Plus, see what’s upcoming this year. Updated: High-Elongation Tensile Testers The high precision models can characterise […]

Wishing You A Merry Christmas 2021

Every year, In lieu of posting Christmas cards, Prescott Instruments makes a charitable donation. This year we are donating to YoungMinds UK.  YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. Their mission is to make sure all young people can get the mental health support they need, when they […]

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

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

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 […]