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Shop Spotlight: ARC Equipment Inc.
Among the numerous parts ARC manufactures are one-off prototypes, golf club grips, automotive gaskets, yellow airline oxygen mask components, hydraulic accumulator bladders and grips for baseball bats and industrial tools.
ARC Equipment Inc., produces high precision rubber injected molded parts for aerospace, automotive, industrial water craft, oil and gas, golf club handles and other industries.
The Chandler, Arizona, firm may be best known for the yellow airline emergency oxygen masks that passengers see demonstrated before each flight. ARC also manufactures silicone engine gaskets for cars and the golf club grips, as well as grips for industrial tools, baseball bats and equestrian whips.
ARC Equipment uses a variety of polymers to make its products, including silicone, nitrile, natural rubber, FKM, SBR and EDPM as well as specialty materials. The firm is also known for building its own proprietary rubber injection molding machines, giving it unprecedented production uptime.
ARC can create parts from one-off prototypes to large volume production.
One of ARC's best-known products is the Star Grip® golf club grips, manufactured in Arizona from an "expensive proprietary industrial grade EPDM elastomer." Star Grip® is the Long Drivers European Tour 2017 official grip sponsor. The grips come with a 3-year guarantee, concentricity, a tacky feel, a weight consistency to +/- 1 gram, and they are made in the U.S.A.
"Traditionally grips get hard and slick over time as a result of salt, moisture, U.V. and ozone exposure. The material in Star Grip® grips is backed by our guarantee that it won't get hard or slick nor will it crack, split or absorb moisture," ARC said on its website.
ARC says the grips are manufactured to be consistent, durable and of high quality. The firm entered the golf grip market in 1989 when an OEM approached the company and wanted it to make a rubber molded grip that felt and looked like leather. After several years and growing popularity, the original customer took production overseas to lower costs, but PGA professionals, golf club builders and tour players approached ARC to ask for a high quality grip that was made in the U.S.A. In 2001, ARC launched its own Star Grip® line, ARC said on its website.
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