WHY DOES SILICONE RUBBER BECOME MORE AND MORE POPULAR?
WHY DOES SILICONE RUBBER BECOME MORE AND MORE POPULAR?
21
Mar

WHY DOES SILICONE RUBBER BECOME MORE AND MORE POPULAR?

Silicone rubber (or, to give it its scientific name, Poly-Siloxane) is an amazing material. It's an inorganic synthetic elastomer, made from a cross-linked silicon-based polymer. As such, it offers a unique combination of chemical and mechanical properties organic elastomers cannot match. Widely used in industry, it's generally non-reactive, stable, and resistant to extreme environments, stresses and temperatures. Most impressively, it can operate consistently from −60 °C to +300 °C while still maintaining its useful properties.


At extreme temperatures, silicone rubber's mechanical properties, such as tensile strength, elongation, tear strength and compression set, are far superior to those of conventional organic rubbers, whose carbon composition can leave them susceptible to ozone, UV, heat and other ageing factors -- factors that silicone rubber can easily withstand. This makes silicone the most suitable elastomer for many applications. It's also highly inert, and doesn't react with most chemicals or the environment, so it's ideal for many food and medical applications.


There are many special grades and forms of silicone rubber, including metal detectable, anti-microbial, high tear strength, extreme high temperature, extreme low temperature, low smoke emitting, and flame retardant. We can manufacture all these in solid or cellular (sponge) form, and in virtually any colour. 


When we've mixed and coloured it, we can the process silicone compound into calendered sheeting or extrude it into tubes, strips, cord or custom profiles.