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  1. From PizzaNet to #ProjectTakeout

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    It’s official – the world is still in love with Takeout and Food Delivery Services in 2021. In fact, 60% of all restaurants reported that offering takeout led to increased revenue. That’s great news considering that more than 73,000 restaurants listed on Yelp were forced to close permanently due to the pandemic. Takeout is the only way that many small local restaurant owners were able to survive.

    “Invest in the future of independent restaurants. It’s your civic duty. Order takeout, post a photo of your order on social media with #ProjectTakeout and tag the restaurant.”

    -Via Twitter @BostonGlobe Jan 24

    It’s hard to imagine this now, but until 1994, online ordering services didn’t even exist! Did you know that the first online ordering service (PizzaNet) was introduced by Pizza Hut? The first-ever online order was a large pepperoni, mushroom, and extra cheese pizza.  That’s right, the first-ever online order. Before you could buy books, clothing, or ANYTHING online – you could order pizza.

    For quite some time, though, (if you wanted to order food online) pizza was the only option. Those were simpler times when delivery drivers only had to worry about one type of box in a few different sizes. Then, throw in some packets of parmesan cheese and red peppers and the delivery was complete. Then, all they had to do was deliver it on time, and while it was still hot.
    Today, with the introduction of third-party delivery services (like GrubHub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, Postmates, and Amazon) food delivery is much more complicated. Four-course meals (including appetizers, soups, salads, drinks, and desserts) are the norm. To top that, if an order goes wrong, four in five people point blame at the restaurants instead of the delivery service.
    Check out these WONDERFULLY inexpensive and INCREDIBLY efficient solutions that will speed up the order process and ensure that food arrives in the best condition possible:
  2. Compliance Issues in the Pharmaceutical Industry

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    Pharmaceutical industryThe Pharmaceutical Industry is one of the most highly regulated industries, with many rules and regulations enforced by the government to protect the health and well-being of the public. Those in the industry face the incredibly challenging task of complying with many rules and regulations across all aspects of their business. In fact, compliance pressures in pharma have never been higher.
    The US FDA releases an annual data summary of inspection observations by industry. In 2019, there were a total of 81 warning letters issued to finished product manufacturers worldwide, the most since the fiscal year 2015. Surprisingly, the majority of those warning letters were issued to US companies.
    Along with warning letters, the FDA also issues Form 483s (these are issued to firms at the conclusion of an inspection when an investigator has observed any condition that may constitute violations). In 2019, there were a total of 779 Form 483s issued to the Pharmaceutical Industry (categorized as “Drugs”) compared to 716 in 2018. While several different violations saw an increase in frequency, one of the top six relates to equipment cleaning and maintenance.
    These compliance issues fall under 21 CFR 211.67(a). This FDA CFR dictates that “equipment and utensils are sanitized, maintained, and cleaned appropriately to prevent malfunctions or contamination.”
    The stringent sanitization procedures that equipment and utensils must undergo can create a significant amount of wear and tear. To ensure that equipment stays within compliance, it should be constructed of materials that can endure such harsh environments.
    Historically, materials such as stainless steel and glass have been relied upon heavily for their outstanding and unique mechanical properties and inertness. However, there is another material with similar capabilities, with the additional benefits of lower costs and overall simplicity for specific applications: Silicone Elastomers.
    Silicone Elastomers 
    Because of its stability, silicone is easy to sterilize. From Autoclave to Gamma irradiation, Ethylene oxide, and sterilization by e-beam, repeated sterilizations have shown no significant effect on the mechanical properties of silicone elastomers.
    Emerging regulatory requirements are showing favor to assemblies made from “well-known materials.” It is important to note that silicone tubes, gaskets and elastomers have been widely used in pharmaceutical manufacturing operations (or as packaging materials) successfully for more than 40 years.
    That being said, one must consider its benefits as well as its limitations. The challenge then becomes determining the appropriate compounds to achieve the desired results. That’s why it’s important to partner with a silicone manufacturer with the knowledge and experience to guide you through the process.
    Premium Synthetic Rubber 
    Another material that is heavily relied upon in the Pharmaceutical Industry is non-latex rubber. This material is important because 3.5% of the world population is affected by latex allergy reactions.
    To protect from latex allergy reactions, many hospitals and schools have adopted policies to only use non-latex products. Products made from premium synthetic rubber offer high quality and consistency. They provide exceptional hold for medical facilities and can be sterilized using autoclaves and irradiation.
    Non-latex rubber bands are ideal for industrial and laboratory applications, home, school, workplace, medical facilities, medical supply wholesalers, medical parts, packaging and manufacturing facilities as well.
    Common Applications for Silicone and Premium Synthetic Products in the Pharmaceutical Industry: 
    • Securing surgical trays for sterilization
    • Tourniquets for venipuncture and blood draws
    • Pharmaceutical & medication packaging
    • To assist/secure items during surgical procedures
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Bundling blood bags and medical tests
    • Miscellaneous use within laboratory settings
    • Elastic in surgical garments

    Alliance Rubber Company is built on over 97 years of rubber compounding and extrusion and has consistently delivered quality and innovative products to their customers. If you’re interested in learning more about our custom silicone or premium synthetic rubber products for the Pharmaceutical Industry, fill out our contact form and someone will be in contact with you!

  3. DIY Pop-Up Cube Using Rubber Bands

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    Creating your own pop-up cube at home is fun and easy. You can slide these flattened cubes into greeting cards, letters, or gifts, and the recipient will gasp in surprise when the pop-up cubes jump out.

    Decorate your cubes with stickers, photos, or special notes. Add one big pop-up cube or dozens of small cubes to leave a lasting impression. The possibilities are endless!

    Diy pop-up cube

    Here is a list of the items you will need:

    The size of the rubber band will depend on the size of the cube you want to make. For this tutorial, the end result is a cube that is approximately 1.75” on each side. The flat length of the rubber band you choose will need to be slightly bigger than the measurement of one side of your cube. You can always tie two rubber bands together if you don’t have one big enough.

    Find the official Rubber Band Size Chart here.

  4. 8 Essential Social Distancing Promotional Products

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    “Social Distancing Promotional Products” is probably not a term that any business owner ever anticipated searching for online. However, the unprecedented events of 2020 have forced us all to rethink the way we do business. Whether you’re looking for promotional products to engage target audiences in lieu of canceled events and virtual trade shows, or products to assist with a total change in business operations toward “contactless” options – engaging consumer audiences and “staying afloat” during the coronavirus pandemic requires some creativity.

    As we near the end of 2020, it doesn’t appear that social distancing requirements will be going away anytime soon. Check out these 8 essential Social Distancing Promotional Products that can help you establish proper safety measures on-site and can also promote your brand (or message) to the increasing number of consumers choosing to stay at home during social distancing.

  5. What is EPDM Rubber?

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    Ethylene propylene diene monomer (otherwise known as EPDM) is a high-density synthetic rubber that is made up of ethylene, propylene, and diene monomers.

    The long-term lifespan of EPDM products allows for fewer replacement parts, saving money in the long run.

    First and foremost, it is extremely durable. Considered to be the premier weather-resistant synthetic elastomer, EPDM rubber has excellent heat, ozone, UV, aging, and weathering resistance. It also exhibits excellent electrical insulation, good compression set and low-temperature properties. EPDM rubber is resistant to a wide range of fluids including water, ethylene glycol (anti-freeze) and offers good resistance to most water-based chemicals and vegetable-based hydraulic fluids. EPDM is also resistant to many mild acids, liquid fertilizers and synthetic brake fluids.

    Where is EPDM typically used?
    EPDM rubber is one of the most commonly used and fastest growing synthetic rubbers having both general-purpose and specialty applications. The largest market for EPDMs is the automotive industry. This is mainly due to its flexibility, high heat and weather resistance, and vibration absorbing properties.
    Typical automotive industry applications include:
    • Radiator and heater hoses
    • Window and door seals
    • Wire and cable connectors
    • Weather stripping
    • Braking system
    • Rub strips
    Are there any limitations to EPDM? 
    EPDM is not recommended for uses requiring resistance to oil, gasoline, and hydrocarbons. It displays limited compression set resistance and offers poor adhesion to fabrics and metals.
    What are the physical characteristics of EPDM?
    As you can see, when describing an elastomer (such as EPDM) you will often hear words such as durometer, tensile strength, elongation, compression set, and (along with those) you will hear references to something called “ASTM D2000.” Unless your daily life involves elastomers, you’re probably not going to be familiar with these terms. If you want to understand more about EPDM, then you have come to the right place!
    What is the ASTM D2000 Specification?
    In order to provide guidance in the selection of rubber materials, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) established ASTM D2000. The overwhelming majority of specifications for rubber compounds are based on ASTM D2000, “Standard Classification for Rubber Products in Automotive Application.” Don’t let the title fool you, though. This standard applies to just about all industries (including aerospace, medical, and construction).
    Durometer, also known as Shore durometer, is a standardized way to measure the hardness of materials like rubber and plastics. The scale ranges from 0 to 100, and the higher the number, the harder the compound. “70 Shore A” is the standard for EPDM which means that “60 Shore A” is softer and “90 Shore A” is very hard. To be more specific, the ASTM D2000 Specification for EPDM is 70 (+/- 5). However, the full range available for EPDM is anywhere from 30 Shore A to 90 Shore A.
    Tensile Strength is the resistance of a material to stretch. Typically expressed as pounds per inch at the breaking point. The ASTM D2000 Specification for EPDM is 2031 psi. The typical range available for EPDM is between 500-2500 psi.
    Elongation is the maximum a product can stretch before breaking. It is expressed as a percentage reflecting the size of the product when it breaks vs. its starting point. Typical elongation for EPDM is 600%. While this might be a very important aspect, depending on the end use, there is not a specific ASTM D2000 requirement for elongation.
    Compression Set is the amount of permanent deformation that occurs when a material is compressed to a specific deformation, for a specified time, at a specific temperature. The ASTM D2000 requirements for EPDM (using a compression set of 22 hours at 125˚ C) call for a permanent set of 25%. This represents the percentage of the original compression (25%) that is not recovered.
    Where can I buy a custom manufactured EPDM product?
    The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the demand and supply chain of many products, including EPDM. This has left many struggling to find a domestic supplier. According to a recent publication from Thomasnet, “One in five companies had production facilities in China, the country first affected in the pandemic.” The same report went on to say that in May/June of 2020, the number of North American manufacturers looking to source domestically skyrocketed to a staggering 69%.
    As a custom rubber manufacturer in the U.S. since 1923, Alliance is equipped to formulate custom EPDM compounds specifically designed for your application.
    Want to learn more? Fill out our Contact Form today.
  6. Real Simple: Rubber Band Life Hacks

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    REAL SIMPLE Magazine recently published a wonderful article in their “New uses for Old Things” section. We were excited to see their enthusiasm for some of the many ways rubber bands can improve daily life. Check out the article below for some great life hacks!

    RUBBER BANDS
    Sure, they can corral a pile of mail or handful of pens, but they do some of their best work when they’re out of the office.
    By: Brandi Broxson
    Photographs by: Ted + Chelsea Cavanaugh
  7. Changes to the Food Service Industry in 2020

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    From school cafeterias to family-owned restaurants and beyond, the food service industry has undergone drastic changes due to the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.
    As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc, it’s becoming more important for food service operators to innovate with the changing trends. Even though restaurants have begun to open up, many consumers are expected to play it safe and continue relying on takeout and delivery.
    How can restaurant owners and food service operators bridge the gap?  
    Many are changing product offerings to include “build-your-own” meal kits. However, the main concern for consumers right now is safety. For that reason, there has been a major shift away from product offerings in advertising and promotions to more of an emphasis on safety precautions. In addition, around 60-70% of adults plan on spending the same or more on a meal kit delivery service or restaurant delivery service in the coming year. That means communication between restaurants and customers is more important than ever.
    The expansion of third-party delivery services such as DoorDash, Uber Eats, and Grubhub can make or break the customer experience. 
    Restaurant owners are placing their reputation in the hands of someone else, which can leave them with very mixed results. So, how can those in the food service industry ensure that their message and their product is received in the manner they intended? Consider these inexpensive and reusable options:
  8. No Shuck Oysters

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    Have you ever tried to shuck an oyster? If you have, then you’ll know that trying to pry open an oyster can be quite difficult. Not to mention – dangerous! It’s especially dangerous for an inexperienced shucker. Misplacement of the knife can cause you to accidentally slip and cut yourself.
    If you’re determined to learn this how to do this on your own, check out this amazing tutorial from epicurious.com.
    However, if shucking oysters is not for you, I have great news. A new development known as high-pressure processing, or HPP, produces an oyster that can be consumed without the need to shuck! This cold-pasteurization method sprays the oyster with cold, purified water pressurized to 65,000 pounds per square inch. The process destroys potentially deadly pathogens and yet it does not alter the texture or taste. Another benefit is that these No Shuck Oysters also end up with an extended shelf life compared to the non-HPP oyster.
    But how does this process create an oyster that is consumable without the need to force the shell open? Well, whenever the oyster is being showered with pressurized water the oyster detaches from the shell.
    Did we mention that the oyster is being held together with a rubber band? 
    After the process is complete, all you have to do is cut the band. The shell will then slowly open all on its own! This means no more puncture wounds or shell breakage.
    Our Oyster Banding Machine is a key element in this process. Similar to the Lobster Banding Machine, the Oyster Banding Machine features a larger band opening to accommodate the larger oyster shell.
    Benefits:
    • Consistent application which allows for a greater amount of seafood sent to market
    • Ensures the best flavors and juices are sealed inside during High Pressure Processing (HPP)
    Have questions? Fill out our contact form and someone will be in contact with you!
  9. Make Your Cut Flowers Last Longer! Step One: Rubber Bands

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    FlowersRoses, lilies, tulips and other popular flowers have long been a go-to gift for Valentine’s Day celebrations. If you were one of the many to receive a bouquet this Valentine’s Day, follow these steps to keep your arrangement alive and on display for as long as possible.

    Secure with a rubber band: To keep your flowers together, wrap a rubber band around the stems before placing them in a vase. Alliance Rubber Standard Rubber Bands are the perfect choice for a sturdy and effective wrap.

    Cut the bottom of the stems: To maximize the surface area for water intake, trim a couple inches off the stem at an angle. If possible, hold your flowers under running water while completing this step to limit excess air from entering the stems.

    Wash your vase: Clean thoroughly with soap and warm water to remove germs and keep the display as clear as possible. If leaves fall into the water over time, take them out to avoid bacteria buildup.

    Use the right water: Tap and distilled water are the way to go, while rainwater should be avoided. The significant amount of sodium can be detrimental to your flowers. Be sure to add water to the vase as needed and consider using a spray bottle to give your flowers an occasional mist.

    Maintain optimum temperature: Flowers are very particular when it comes to climate. Direct sunlight and hot spaces can cause your flowers to wilt. Try to keep them in a cool, but not too cold, location.

    Adhering to these steps will prolong the lives of your flowers, giving you a beautiful arrangement to admire for weeks. Order your rubber bands today to get started.

  10. Fidget Bands

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    Fidget-bandsNot too long ago, fidget spinners were the hottest gadget around, and every fidgety kid (and some adults) wanted them. The device, consisting of a ball bearing in the center of a multi-lobed flat assembly made from metal or plastic, is designed to spin along its axis with little effort.

    Fidget spinners were initially created to help people who have trouble focusing or those who fidgetto relieve nervous energy, anxiety or stress. Fidget spinners can help calm down people who have anxiety and other neurological disorders such as ADHD and autism.

    While they’re still around (just not as popular), the new kid on the block is the fidget band. “What the heck is a fidget band?” you might be asking yourself. A fidget band has the same purpose as a fidget spinner. The difference is that the bands are quieter and far less distracting than the spinners.

    If you’re a teacher with restless kids in class or if you’re a professional who happens to be a foot-tapper during meetings, fidget bands might just offer you a solution. Simply wrap our super-stretchy Workout Bands™ around the front legs of a chair. Kids can silently wiggle and move their feet while seated. The bands can also be used for stretching, movement and heavy work activities to help promote learning and improve concentration.

    Fidget-bandsIn the office, many chairs are on rollers, which prohibits a resistance band from being wrapped around the front legs. If that’s your situation, step inside one of our Workout Bands so it’s wrapped around both ankles, sit back down, and pull your legs outward. You can even place the band around your calves or up higher around thighs to work different muscles. It’s a twofer: Your fidgeting is under control, and you get a good leg workout!

    Our Workout Bands are extremely reasonably priced. If you or your children or students are bothered by fidgeting, you can purchase a set at Walmart or Amazon for less than $10.

    Don’t forget, 94% of our sales are of American-made products that comply with the standards “Buy American” set-aside in conjunction with U.S. government purchases. Consumers who select these products enjoy fresher stock, faster service, better fill-rate and consistent top quality.

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