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Neoprene Rubber Rollers


Neoprene is the common trade name of the chloroprene elastomer developed by Dupont in 1931.  According to the Technical Handbook for Elastomeric Roll Covering, “there are no characteristics to which chloroprene is superior to all other special purpose rubbers.  Its importance is not due to excellence in a single property but to a combination of technically essential properties…”  Neoprene is used in the roll industry due to its average strength in several desirable categories. 

It is a historic synthetic rubber that has been used extensively in many industries but often times the physical properties can be surpassed by more modern roller compounds. 

Although Neoprene has only average tolerance to chemical, oil, and ozone resistance, it is still used in many industrial applications from gloves to belting. 

See Neoprene vs. Nitrile properties in the chart below.

Neoprene Common Names:

  • Butachlor
  • NE
  • Bayprene

Neoprene vs. Nitrile Properties


Rubber Compound

Nitrile Neoprene
Physical Properties    
Hardness Range Shore A 20-95 25-95
Hardness Range P&J 0-200 10-300
Abrasion Resistance 3 3
Tear Resistance 3 3
Load Bearing 4 4
Hysteresis 2 3
Resistance to Denting 3 2
Maximum Service Temperature (C/F) 121/250 121/250
Ozone Resistance 1 3
Resiliency 3 2
Solvent Resistance    
Acids 2 3
Caustics 3 3
Paraffinic Hydrocarbons 5 3
Aromatic Hydrocarbons 3 2
Chlorinated Hydrocarbons 1 1
Water 4 3
Ketones 2 3
Alcohols 5 3
Esters 1 3
Recommended Applications    
Laser Engraving    
Metal Decorating  
Offset Printing    
Paper Making Industry  
Plate Processors  
Steel Mill Rollers
Textile Rollers    
Wood Industry
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