A History of Innovation

Since its founding in 1949, Ames Corporation has been engaged in the development of the most suitable materials and the manufacture of precision elastomeric coatings, precision moldings, dispensed gaskets, and other elastomeric components.

1949 . . .

Ames Rubber Corporation was founded by the Ames family to manufacture typewriter platens for Ames Supply , a long standing Company which was a major supplier of parts and service to the typewriter industry. This is the first of many examples in which Ames developed a new material, a synthetic rubber, to meet the specific needs of a particular marketplace.




1960's . . .

In the early days of photocopiers, Ames was at the forefront of product development with both of the leading manufacturers in the industry: Xerox and Eastman Kodak. Ames became recognized as a leader in the development and manufacture of a variety of rubber rollers including paper transport rollers, photoreceptors, and fusing system rollers. Within these applications, Ames continued to expand its precision molding capabilities, particularly in its ability to insert mold various elastomers to metal core materials.

1960 Xerox use

1970's . . .

Ames expanded its market base to the automotive market through the manufacture of CV joint boots for use in the newly introduced front wheel drive automobiles. Once again, unique materials and processes were needed to meet this market's demands for a cost- effective solution with zero defects, and high durability to withstand exposure to extreme elements.


1980's . . .

Ames adopted Excellence Through Total Quality Process, based on the Xerox process Leadership Through Total Quality. This program revolved around continuous improvement of all processes, particularly as they relate to customer satisfaction. This process resulted in tremendous improvements in product quality, cost, on-time delivery and overall customer service.


1990's . . .

Ames dedication to the Total Quality Process is reflected in its pursuit and ultimate winning of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 1993. It was this strong commitment to quality which drew the attention of several of the larger manufacturers of Gas Masks. Ames ability to bond metal components to elastomer materials, a skill developed over the years in the copier/ printer arena, carried over to this Gas Mask application.


2000's . . .

Ames had developed various coating materials and processes throughout the years of serving the copier and printer markets with various rubber roller products. We found that these coatings had characteristics that might be useful in other applications. Ames determined that we could offer some of these coating materials and processes to the Aerospace/Aircraft markets as a Protective Coating for external components to resist erosion, Foreign Object Damage (FOD) and the formation of ice on these components. We are currently providing coatings for various components of the F-35 Joint Strike Force as this project ramps up.

We also recently launched our AMESSeal Dispensed Gasket system which features a composite gasket comprised of silicone and Viton. The base of silicone provides low compression and excellent sealing, while the thin outer fluoroelastomer layer provides resistance to heat and chemicals. A key challenge in the development of this process was to determine how to bond different elastomeric materials to each other. Our product development team used the knowledge gained over the years in the development of various types of rubber rollers to perfect this process.



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