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Posted : March 13, 2010
Dear Andrew, i wanted to know the recommended temperature and humidity conditions for storage of divng items made of rubber, silicone and neoprene.
Items like fins, face masks, BC, corrugated tubes etc
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Posted : April 27, 2010
This is a tricky question as you ask only part of the question... I assume this is for distribution or retail... The key question is less so temp, humidity... it is more what not to do....

Direct sunlight (specifically the UV element) is really bad for such latex/rubber/silicone products... as is Ozone from printers and photocopiers - i've seen personally very expensive drysuits (neck + wrist seals will be damaged) all hung up right next to a big photocopier at a few retailers/wholesalers.... tut tut - very bad indeed.

They also need to be kept away from certain solvents. I can supply more details... you need only look at the datasheets of the raw materails and you can see these do's and don't...

To answer your question keep them above 5 degrees C to below 30. RH%+20 to +80 and all will be well. The raw materials will confortably operate outside of these values with various drawbacks - some of the other plastics with these products will become more prone to damage.

I'm not one for generalisations but the above guides should be a good rule of thumb... each manufacturer can supply your with the details that are good for there product especially if it is CE marked.

thanks Andrew
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Andrew Dawson-Maddocks
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