Nitrile Rubber (NBR), a synthetic rubber copolymer of acrylonitrile (ACN) and butadiene, stands out in the industrial world for its exceptional properties and versatility. It has become a popular material choice for manufacturing industrial rubber rollers due to its combination of durability, chemical resistance, and performance under varying conditions. 

Advantages of Nitrile Rubber for Industrial Rubber Rollers 

One of the most well-known advantages of Nitrile Rubber is its excellent resistance to oils, fuels, and other chemicals. This property makes NBR particularly suitable for applications where exposure to such substances is frequent, such as in printing, automotive, aerospace, and manufacturing industries. NBR can withstand a wide range of temperatures, typically from -40°F to 226°F, which enhances its utility in diverse industrial environments. 

The material’s high tensile strength and abrasion resistance ensure that rollers made from NBR have a long service life, even in demanding applications. NBR’s resistance to wear and tear minimizes maintenance needs and downtime, optimizing operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. 

Unique Properties of Nitrile Rubber 

Nitrile Rubber has several unique properties that make it so versatile. It has a high resilience to physical impacts and mechanical stress, which is essential for rollers that experience constant motion and pressure. Additionally, NBR’s ability to resist swelling and deformation in the presence of oils and fuels prevents rollers from losing their shape and functionality over time. 

NBR also has a low compression set. This means that NBR rollers can maintain their original thickness and shape after prolonged compression, which is crucial for maintaining consistent performance in applications such as conveyor systems and printing presses. 

Applications of Nitrile Rubber Rollers 

NBR works well across a broad range of industrial applications.  

  • Printing: used for their excellent ink and solvent resistance, ensuring clean and precise printing with minimal smudging or contamination. These rollers also exhibit excellent resistance to the cleaning chemicals used in printing presses, extending their operational life. 
  • Automotive: used in various components such as fuel hoses, gaskets, and seals due to their superior resistance to fuels and oils. This application extends to other types of machinery where the rollers come into contact with lubricants and hydraulic fluids. 
  • Food processing: resistance to fats and oils, combined with their ability to withstand high temperatures, makes them suitable for food handling equipment; FDA-compliant grades of NBR ensure these rollers can be safely used in food contact applications without risking contamination. 
  • Manufacturing and material handling: integral to conveyor systems, where their durability and resistance to abrasion and chemicals ensure smooth and efficient operation. These rollers can handle a variety of materials, from heavy industrial goods to delicate items, without compromising performance. 


Nitrile Rubber’s unique properties and advantages make it a valuable material for industrial rubber rollers. Its exceptional resistance to oils, chemicals, and physical stress, combined with its adaptability to different industrial requirements, makes it a great choice of material for enhancing the efficiency and reliability of industrial processes.  

Our team at Harwood Rubber Products is experienced in using nitrile rubber across a broad range of applications and industries for our customers, and we can work with you to custom-develop materials and compositions based on your unique needs. No matter what type of materials you need, our team can deliver a rubber roller that is durable and reliable to keep your operations running smoothly. Contact us for more information.