Five Reasons to Switch to Silicone for Industrial Rubber Parts
- UV & Ozone Resistance
- Extreme Cold & High Heat Endurance
- Range of Durometers
- Color Options
- Custom Variations
From pharmaceuticals to food and beverage manufacturing, silicone is a popular elastomer.
Silicone endures manufacturing environments and harsh outdoor conditions easily thanks to properties like UV and ozone resistance, as well as tolerance of a wide range of temperatures. These features, along with an extended service life, make silicone one of the most in-demand elastomers. In spite of a recent shortage, its uses are only expanding as more industries see the broad range of benefits silicone can offer. If you’re searching for a new elastomer, here are some reasons why silicone may be the best choice.
Silicone is ideal for the outdoors and is commonly used for parts with sun exposure. Silicone has a natural resistance to ozone and UV rays. It can endure sunlight for long periods of time without cracking or drying out, unlike some other rubber compounds. For this reason, silicone is a top choice for door and window seals.
Aside from its benefits for use in sunlight, silicone is known for its resistance to extreme heat and cold. With an average temperature tolerance of -76°F to +450°F, silicone can withstand a greater range than most other elastomers. This makes it a great fit for a wide range of applications in your manufacturing environment. For example, FDA Grade silicone has become a staple in the food processing industry. The same materials can be used on products throughout the manufacturing process, from sub-zero freezers to 600°F cooking ovens.
As a “pure” polymer, silicone can be run in a “softer” range than most polymers. Silicone’s typical durometer ranges from 20 to 90 on the A Shore Scale and can be as soft as 10 durometer.
It’s hard to beat silicone when it comes to color. Silicone offers the best opportunity for full color range and control. This allows you to create a custom look and to take your projects beyond the standard rubber colors of red, white, and black.
Beyond color, silicone is a versatile material that can be customized for your project. When working with liquids and gases, silicone sponge can be used for a better seal. It can also include fiberglass reinforcement, metal and x-ray detectability, chemical resistance, custom finishes, or pressure-sensitive adhesive.
Customize Your Project
When you need an elastomer that tackles extreme temperatures, has outdoor resistance, and can be customized for your project, silicone may be perfect for the job. Aero Rubber Company®, Inc.’s dedicated sales team will help you discover how many silicone uses can fits your needs. Aero Rubber Company®, Inc. is proud to offer reduced lead times during the current silicone shortage through a network of reliable compounders.