I have an FMC weight sizer for my apple packing line. It is (was) the Cadillac of the apple packing industry. Its 30 years old and just getting broke in.
The machine has a rubber cup belt, called a singulator cup on the front end of the machine. The rubber has cracked and split due to age. There are 80 cups in the machine.
Parts for this machine are no longer available. I've checked EVERYWHERE. My only choice is a machine for parts. But, I just talked with a fella that rebuilds. He says the rubber is in the same shape on all of them.
Anyway, that leads me to having a custom compression mold built and having the parts made.Luckily, my son works for a company that has a compression molding department and he knows how to build the mold.
I need to determine exactly which rubber to use. It most likely is the same stuff as in rubber tire tread, but I need to know for sure. Anybody know where to go to match what I have to materials I can buy for molding?