by Jim Finn, Akron Dispersion
In the March issue of Rubber World, we introduced an article attempting to make a case for bringing the glove industry back to the United States. When you step back and take a broader view of that industry, it can be viewed as a three-legged stool with three key elements: process/machinery, latex and chemical dispersions. These elements work in concert to provide a baseline for eventual success. This article will discuss the third element: dispersions.
It has been said that you cannot make great products from latex with poor dispersions. In my 53 years in the latex industry,
I can assure you that this is a true statement. They are literally the driver of polymer performance.