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Indian Standard Natural Rubber (ISNR) / Block Rubber

Processing of natural rubber into blocks similar to synthetic rubbers adopting cost effective and modern processing methods is a notable improvement in the presentation of dry natural rubber from India. This is in line with the consumer preference in the world rubber market for Technically Specified Rubber, which has the following advantages:

  • Technically certified rather than visually graded as in the case of RSS and crepe grades of natural rubber.
  • Consistency in quality
  • Compact packaging
  • Low contamination in handling and transportation

Bureau of Indian Standards formulated specifications for ISNR in 1969 (IS 4588).IS 4588 prescribes 6 grades viz., ISNR 3 CV, ISNR 3 L, ISNR 5, ISNR 10, ISNR 20 and ISNR 50. Its specification details are given below.

Characteristic

ISNR 3CV

ISNR 3L

ISNR 5

ISNR 10

ISNR 20

ISNR 50

Dirt percent by mass (Max)

0.03

0.03

0.05

0.10

0.20

0.50

Volatile matter, percent by mass (Max)

0.80

0.80

0.80

0.80

0.80

0.80

Ash, percent by mass (Max)

0.50

0.50

0.60

0.75

1.00

1.50

Nitrogen, percent by mass, Max

>0.60

>0.60

>0.60

>0.60

>0.60

>0.60

Initial plasticity Po (Min)

As agreed to between the purchaser and the supplier

30.00
(Min)

>30.00
(Min)

30.00
(Min)

30.00
(Min)

30.00
(Min)

Plasticity retention index, PRI (Min)

60.00

60.00

60.00

50.00

40.00

30.00

Colour (Livibond scale)

-

6.0

-

-

-

-

Mooney viscosity (1+4) at 100 C

60+5
-

-

-

-

-

-

Accelerated storage hardening Po (max)

8.00

-

-

-

-

-

Colour code

Black

Black

Green

Brown

Red

Yellow

Applications of ISNR grades

ISNR 3 CV: High quality products with superior dynamic properties.

ISNR 3 L
: Colored products like injection bottle caps, syringe heads, transparent items.

ISNR 5
: Moulded and extruded items like auto components, bridge bearings,rubber linings etc.

ISNR 10: Inner tubes, conveyor belts, footwear, water proofing materials, hoses and tubes.

ISNR 20: All types of automobile tyres, re-trading materials, mats and other generalrubber products.

Over 70 companies in India are involved in the production of ISNR grades, adapting TQM and BIS standards. The user does not have to check the quality parameters, as a clear test certificate is attached with its packing. The packing is as 25 kg bales in polythene packs or as 33.3 kg bales, on demand.


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