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The Rubber Industry Outlook: Markets, COVID and 2021 Published in Inside Rubber Magazine, The Official Publication of the Association of Rubber Products Manufacturers Dianna Brodine, Managing Editor, Inside Rubber // 2020 Issue 4 I struggled to write an …Read More
Rahco Featured in Industry Week: The Impact of New Maritime Trade Regulations
Published in Industry Week and Material Handling & Logistics IMO 2020 regulations point to shipping delays, new costs and supply chain vulnerabilities. Steve Anton As more and more suppliers arrange search parties [pun for: conducting cost-benefits analysis], significant time and …Read More
Featured in Rubber & Plastics News: Rahco Adds Presses, Production Capacity
Originally Published on Rubber & Plastics News DES PLAINES, Ill.—Rahco Rubber Inc. has invested in two 350-ton vacuum presses to increase production capacity and update its fleet of machinery as it takes on new projects. Founded in 1972, the family-owned …Read More
Rahco Featured in Manufacturing Marketing Magazine for Business Strategy Success
Rahco Rubber Builds Brand, and Business, Through PR and Content Marketing BUSINESS STRATEGIES | Manufacturing Marketing | By Dianna Huff “I was brought in to help grow revenue,” says Dennis Askew, Business Development Manager for Rahco Rubber, based in …Read More
Guest Column: Rubber & Plastics News – Stricter Regulations May Impact Sourcing Options
When a shipment isn't crossing international borders or taking a long voyage over water, logistics costs are lower, far less complex and ensure a higher confidence of on-time delivery. Check out this guest column in Rubber & Plastics News from …Read More
Rahco Rubber Continues to Invest in Advanced Production, Kicks Off 2020 with Two New Pan Stone 350-ton Vacuum Presses
Rahco Rubber, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has added two new Pan Stone 350-ton vacuum presses with advanced technology controls and RT systems to the production floor. The investment in new equipment enables greater production of the highest …Read More
“Team Rahco” Supports CROP Hunger Walks, Applauds Juan Diaz for Effort to End Hunger
Passionate & Caring “Team Rahco” Supports CROP Hunger Walks Rahco Rubber Applauds Juan Diaz for Participating in 50th Annual Walk to End Hunger Rahco Rubber, Inc. is pleased to announce support to CROP Hunger Walks and applauds its own Juan …Read More
OEMs Jump Ship, Onshore to Avoid Lost Sea Parts: Rahco In The News on IMO 2020 Regulations
IMO 2020 Regulations Point to Shipping Delays, New Costs and Supply Chain Vulnerabilities By Steve Anton, featured in Industry Today and New Equipment Digest OEMs that outsource components to foreign producers to will soon learn — if they haven’t already …Read More
Rahco’s formulating + manufacturing experience pays BIG dividends on high performance and safety critical Primary-cups. Primary-cups create hydraulic resistance on breaking systems for motorcycles, ATV, Snowmobiles. Our new formulation vastly improved chemical and UV performance, our internal compounding ensured match-to-batch consistency + quality and our No-Waste Flashless molding process eliminated secondary processes and improved finished part quality too a best in class point where the customers internal incoming QC audits were eliminated. Nearly 3 million of Rahco’s primary cups are in service right now (I hope that they’re on your bike!).
Customers bring us their biggest challenges. A customer experiencing field failures brought their internal critical gasket for gas caps headaches to Dr. Rahco. We examined the seals, their failure modes and developed new formulation that exceeded performance requirements while meeting economic targets which prevented recall and warranty actions. Our remedy also included moving the patient to a No-Waste Flashless molding process that eliminated secondary processes and improved finished part quality. 10 million parts later, the health of our business partner is very, very strong.
20″, 18″. 16″ diameter filter. Overseas is not the answer! Rahco saved the day when a leading OEM tried to offshore the most critical seal in their assembly. Rahco responded immediately and protected the customer from a class action lawsuit, stopping warranty claims in their tracks. Rahco’s chemists formulated a new compound that delivered enhanced stability when in compression and exposed to high chlorine environments. Rahco’s In-house compounding ensured a consistent durometer, quality and improved static deflection properties and chemical resistance. 900,000 of these large diameter seals are in use today. You will never get that this kind of responsiveness and attention from a company 9,000 miles away.
Raising the performance bar. Rahco supported their customer during a previous supplier’s quality crisis, reformulating a sub-par material to an industry changing material. Critical aeration diaphragms used in municipal water management systems were wearing out way to soon which sent maintenance costs soaring. Rahco to the rescue – a new & improved formulation was developed within 15 business days. Rahco’s material and part performs so well that it allowed our customer to offer an industry leading warranty – extending term length by 25%. Next, our VAVE focus facilitated the development of an automated micro-piercing operation that saves this customer over $50,000 annually! How about that!
Rahco “knocked this one out of the park!” Rahco co-engineered a revolutionary design of a food service industry condiment dispensing valve. Our major league creativity and experience provide to be a winner in delivering a robust component that lasts millions of strokes. Rahco then formulated an NSF approved material that is both odorless & tasteless. To prevent assembly and field service errors, we molded the same part in custom colors. A triple play to clinch the series!
The tale of the Two-Piece Assembly Structural Plumbing Seal & Fastener. Chapter I – what began as an “inherited” hot pot transfer mold from a customer struggling with quality and hurting from costs soon became a VAVE opportunity when Rahco proposed a low waste flashless mold and transfer cold pot production process! Chapter II – same customer suffering with concentricity issues of the mating plastic component; Rahco steps up again by supporting their customer’s challenges and tooling up for this plastic component. Wait it gets better! Rahco then created an automated 2-component assembly cell that saves this customer over a $100,000 on an annual basis! And they lived happily ever after.
A major OEM came to Rahco with a recurring problem that was jeopardizing their standing with a very important customer. The problem was inconsistent material along with unpredictable delivery and unacceptable part attribute qualities from their previous rubber molder. In order to maintain a required price point, material for a very low volume swell in gasoline was needed that would not use a super-premium polymer. Rahco developed a compound that not only solved the swell issues in gasoline but additionally was very robust from a molding standpoint. The end result was the development of a flashless and low waste rubber mold that produced parts with zero defects and a bare minimum of residual waste.