What is Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR)?
In simple terms, Thermoplastic Rubber (TPR) is a material that has both the characteristics of rubber and plastic. With its elasticity and rubber-like material, TPR effectively disperses impact energy away from the bone, reducing the force of the impact. Each piece of TPR is securely stitched to the dorsal side of the glove. Ansell’s TPR designs are made to follow the anatomy of the hand so that full range of motion is maintained at all times, and work productivity is not jeopardized. TPR is molded, shaped, and sized to fit the purpose and function of the glove: to protect worker's hands by maintaining dexterity, flexibility, and comfort, without compromising protection.
TPR made its first appearance in the market in 1959. Since then, TPR has been manufactured for a variety of different solutions.
Other than gloves, TPR can be found in various automotive components, such as gaskets, bushings, and other molded pieces. You may even find TPR in footwear products and toys.
Benefits of TPR
Since TPR has the characteristics and structures of both plastic and rubber, it has a wide range of benefits, including strong resistance to weathering and chemicals.
Additionally, it also withstands a broad temperature range and durometers (durometer scales are used to measure the hardness of rubber and plastic materials). TPR is widely used in many products and industries and is recyclable and reusable, which helps reduce costs in certain situations.
TPR vs TPE
Although TPR and TPE are both thermoplastics, TPR is made from the polymer SBS (styrene and butadiene), and types of TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) are typically made from the quaternary block co-polymers like SEBS (Styrene Ethylene Butylene Styrene).
How Ansell can help?
Ansell provides a wide range of personal protective equipment (PPE) with TPR protection systems that cater to many industries. Let us help you find the right fit for your safety needs. Below you will find Ansell’s diverse portfolio of impact products, as well as our hazard product selector tool, which can help you find the right product for hazards you face in your specific industry.View Ansell impact products View Ansell Product Selector tool