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R.D. Abbott to Feature Two New Technical Innovations at International Elastomer Conference in Pittsburgh

R.D. Abbott Company, Inc., to feature its latest technical innovations, products and services in Booth 405 at the 2016 International Elastomer Conference in Pittsburgh this October 10–13.

These are exciting times for R.D. Abbott. The depth and reach of our product portfolio keeps expanding and the design and development efforts of our technical team keeps growing to address industry demands.

Scott Kearns, vice president of sales and business development

Featured products and services to include:

  • R.D. Abbott’s new agency partnership with Cancarb Limited for Thermax® brand Thermal Carbon Black in the United States and Canada (effective January 1, 2017)
  • R.D. Abbott’s bigger testing laboratory in Cerritos, California, with equipment enhancements like an “00C” internal mixer, a 40” compounding mill for scale-up work, as well as an advanced rheometer, tensometer, disperGRADER, and an integrated lab management system from
    Alpha Technologies

Featured technical innovations at the conference to include:

  • LORD® In-Mold Bonding Adhesive Technology for plastic and silicone components
  • 3M Fused Silica as a substitute for crystalline silica, helping to reduce worker exposure to harmful chemicals

Our technical team is passionate about tackling rubber design challenges by leveraging our on-site laboratory resources and collaborative supplier partnerships. Finding safer substitutes for crystalline silica and formulating LSR and fluorosilicones with adhesion promoters to bond with plastic components are just two examples of our company’s genuine desire to serve the rubber industry.

Rick Ziebell, vice president of technology and innovation management for R.D. Abbott

R.D. Abbott will also take part in the 190th Technical Conference with these three papers:

“Fused Amorphous Silica as a Replacement for Ground Quartz to Reduce Inhalation Exposure to Workers in Silicone Rubber Mixing Operations”

Presented by Rick Ziebell and coauthored with Jose Elias of R.D. Abbott

Thursday at 8:00 a.m.

“In-Mold Bonding of Fluorosilicone onto Thermoplastic Substrates”

Presented by Rick Ziebell and coauthored with Jose Gonzalez and Gerardo Ramirez of R.D. Abbott

Thursday at 1:00 p.m.

“Evaluating the Root Cause of the Rubber Molding Defects through Virtual Molding”

Presented by Harshal Bhogesra of Sigma Plastic Services, Inc., and coauthored by Rick Ziebell

Wednesday at 4:45 p.m.

Some of R.D. Abbott’s other supplier partners—including Alpha Technologies, ARLANXEO,
Dow Corning, LORD Corporation, and Rhein Chemie—will also be presenting technical papers at the conference.

For more information about the International Elastomer Conference and R.D. Abbott’s participation, please visit

About R.D. Abbott Company, Inc.

R.D. Abbott ( is a full-service supplier that’s been serving the rubber industry since 1948. They are staffed with rubber industry veterans, equipped with comprehensive testing laboratories, and stocked with leading elastomeric products in warehouse locations throughout North America. Featured lab services include in-house design and development capabilities (under ISO 9001:2008) with a technical team that specializes in formulation development and optimization, material testing, process engineering assistance, and product characterization. Their product line encompasses a best-in-class list of elastomeric polymers, rubber chemicals, fillers, bonding agents, and testing equipment—all from respected manufacturers with trusted name brands.

About International Elastomer Conference

According to the Rubber Division, ACS (American Chemical Society) conference website, the International Elastomer Conference is the premier place where customers, suppliers of materials, equipment, tools and services, and educators come together. This event is the one place, one time of year, where you find the best of the best of our industry all under one roof. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, observations, regulatory reforms and emerging scientific technologies, as well as learning, networking, seeing current customers and making new ones. This conference takes place every October. It is held in Cleveland, OH on the odd numbered years and travels to different locations on the even numbered years.

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