The adhesion of rubber to brassed steel wire is dependent upon many factors, all of which can be controlled reasonably well by the engineer or compounder. However, variables are present which may elude either identification or control. Most variables interact strongly with one another, thus making it difficult to establish firm compounding principles that are invariant under all conditions.
Early literature on this topic is presented, and new developments in compounding for wire adhesion are discussed. The most effective alternate resin former is composed of hexamethoxymethylmelamine and a partially polymerized resorcinol-formaldehyde resin