After many many months of development and testing, we are happy to announce Saturn(tm) Pinball Rings and immediate availability of Standard Flipper Rings and Shooter Tips, more rings coming soon!
Saturn(tm) pinball rings are specially formulated Urethane Synthetic Rings which we have worked as much as possible to replicate the key characteristics of traditional 'gum rubber' rings, and eliminating the negative issues that are seen with them.
The new synthetic 'rubber' products:
- replace existing rubber rings
- last longer, wear much better
- does not leave bits of rubber on the playfield
- easy wipe off cleaning
- come in 3 different hardnesses (durometers)
#1 - similar to the traditional 'red' rubber, lower durometer, softer, etc
#3 - similar to the traditional 'black' rubber, high durometer, harder, etc
#2 - the 'new' inbetween which shows really good bounce, great wear, etc.
- come in (currently) 17 different colors - including fluoro (UV reactive) colors
- we control the quality, and they are made locally (in the US)
They are now avialable on PPS store and will be at selected distributors (AU, Europe) soon:
Also, the color can be in any hardness, so NOW you can have black rings with a 'red' hardness on your game, etc.
Some pictures here (sorry, too much flash!):
- Standard Colors: http://www.pinball.com/saturn/SaturnFlipper.jpg
- Fluoro Colors: http://www.pinball.com/saturn/SaturnFluoroFlipper.jpg
- Shooter Tips: http://www.pinball.com/saturn/SaturnShooterTips.jpg
The issues with gum rubber have long been documented, from inconsistencies in formulation, to early breakage, to color variations, etc, etc, etc. Gum Rubber rings are not going away anytime soon, but we feel that these rings are far better in most categories, which will provide more consistent game play, improve operating costs (game uptime and cleaning), and give some more customization options ...
We have been working on these for some time, and have had them on test with IFPA/Josh Sharpe, Pinball Hall of Fame/Tim Arnold, and Jersey Jack Pinball / Jack Guarnieri (see their feedback in the 'flyer') ... so these are some of the tougher critics as we wanted something that was as good or better in most every category that we felt important!