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Fabric Reinforced

Rubber possesses incredible strength and elasticity—but sometimes even the most robust rubber parts aren’t durable enough to endure the harsh operating conditions within heavy-duty industries. When rubber alone can’t meet an application’s demands, fabric reinforcement can mean the difference between performance and failure.

Fabric reinforced rubber offers a level of longevity and durability that homogeneous construction simply can’t match. Whether the fabric coating covers the complete body of the part or merely a corner, fabric reinforced products boast an extended operating life without the astronomical costs associated with high-performance materials. Features of fabric reinforced rubber include:

Anti-extrusion. The anti-extrusion provided by fabric can complement or even take the place of secondary rings in sealing applications, enhancing the rubber’s ability to conform to geometries while enduring tough environments.

High tensile strength. Increased tensile strength, combined with reduced abrasion resistance, allow fabric reinforced products to withstand punishing operating conditions, from direct flame to extended UV exposure.

Enhanced abrasion resistance. Fabric reinforced materials see less tearing, nibbling, and wear than similar homogenous products. Our XLH® X-tended Life Header Ring, for example, uses fabric wrapped parts for an innovative solution to the standard service life problem.

Utex engineers have perfected the art of creating fabric reinforced products with a complex and proprietary process unrivaled by any competitors. Using fabrics as elastic as polyester or as resilient as aramid, Utex can wrap parts axially, helically and radially. Our fabric reinforced material serves some of the most demanding industries, including:


Elastomers used in the aerospace industry are subjected to direct flame, incredibly high temperatures and relentless abrasion. Our fabric reinforced rubber is designed to withstand direct flame at 2000°F for up to 15 minutes.

Oil & Gas

Homogeneous rubber parts inside oil and gas equipment often break down under the HPHT environments.  Fabric reinforced parts offer unparalleled impact resistance along surfaces that experience harsh applications.

Heavy-duty & Industrial

Friction, abrasion and other severe conditions are common in heavy-duty industrial markets. With fabric reinforcement, our rubber parts are able to resist the excessive wear and tearing that shortens the operating life of homogeneous products.

Benefits of Fabric Reinforced Rubber

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Seals can be protected against extrusion by reinforcing corners. With fabric across the e-gap, the surface area of the seal cannot increase to push through. Fabric can act similarly to springs by preventing rubber from extruding into gaps when under pressure but can do so at a much lower price.

We Created

“SF” Design Chevron Packing rings

“SF” Design Chevron Packing rings

Few companies in the world have the technology and experience to make can laminate fabric/rubber composites. Utex developed this proprietary technology in the 1940’s. Fabric rings wear more uniformly and last many times longer in reciprocating, centrifugal, and static applications in high and low pressure environment.

Piston Cup

Piston Cup

Utex piston cups are molded out of rubber coated fabric to increase wear resistance and strength. Cups can survive more strenuous conditions like longer lives and greater rates because fabric wears much more slowly. A plastic part molded for similar wear would have a much higher cost.

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Case Study

Fabric wrapped D Seals

Homogeneous D seals are the industry standard for sealing suction and discharge covers. Utex has introduced fabric wrapped D seals that extend part life by reducing extrusion and fretting as well as reducing the metal wear in the seal bores. Field studies show these fabric wrapped seals last 4 times longer than the traditional homogeneous rubber seals.

We specialize in Custom Sealing Solutions

By utilizing Utex’s extensive capabilities, we can provide a complete solution to your challenge