Banding Together to Support Healthcare Workers

By Mary Schilling / Published:

With personal protective equipment in high demand to combat spread of COVID-19, Alliance Rubber Company is modifying their production and offering solutions.

On any normal day, Alliance Rubber would be producing products from extruded rubber for health and beauty, commercial, military, food service, and mailing industries. Rubber bands, wrist bands, exercise bands and other creative rubber applications are produced at their Hot Springs, Arkansas facility. While the production of rubber products is their main business, I’ve had the opportunity to work with these fine people supporting printing on rubber using flatbed inkjet (they also have screen printing capabilities.)

And fine people they are;  responding to the shortage of PPE equipment, they have modified their operations to produce specialty bands for face masks.

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Sections are being produced that go around the ear or in some cases with a plastic face shield. Producing custom sized straps that goes around and connects around the back of the head.

As more and more people are hospitalized due to COVID-19, the demand for this product continues to rise. Working with those on the front lines, Alliance Rubber supplies the most essential groups first. Supplying health care workers, first responders and even our men and women in blue.

So how has this affected demand for their core products? With more people making personal custom face masks, the demand for rubber bands has also gone up.

Fun fact: Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, secured his gear with Alliance bands.

Thank you, Alliance Rubber for being a part of the solution and rising to the challenge.

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About the Author

Mary Schilling


Mary Schilling writes about technical inkjet industry articles, provides RIP and workflow training, manages print quality analysis evaluation, ink management and color management for OEM’s and end users for pre and post machine installs. Mary Schilling consults with paper mills, fluid and inkjet machinery suppliers on how to improve color and print quality for high speed and industrial inkjet involving paper, plastics, metal, fabric and glass with UV and aqueous inkjet fluids. This experience led her to receive Innovator of the Year awards from the Flexographic Technical Association and from Xplor International for her efforts in closing the gap between inkjet printing for document, and digital corrugated packaging. She is the owner of Schilling Inkjet Consulting, Published Author and Certified ColorGate Color Trainer and Distributor. Her latest published works can be found

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