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Advantages of Silicone Rubber

Silicone rubber compounds display a unique set of properties and characteristics. These unique properties are not found in other types of rubbers and therefore silicone rubber and silicone extrusions play a very important part in a range of industries including electrical, automotive, aerospace, medical, household, leisure and rail and mass transport to name just a selection.

Silicone and silicone extrusions are uniquely different from conventional rubber. The unique properties of silicone makes it resistant to extremes of temperature, offers good insulation properties, resistant to fire and also to attack from petrol, chemicals and solvents. For these reasons and more silicone has become one of the worlds most popular materials

Characteristics of Silicone and silicone extrusions:
- Heat resistance: Silicone extrusions are extremely heat resistant when compared to their organic rubber counterparts.
- Cold resistance: The point at which organic rubbers become brittle is placed around -20degC to -30degC. Silicone however can drop as low as -70degC before it becomes brittle.
- Weather resistance: Normal rubber will deteriorate rapidly under UV rays where as silicone remains almost unaffected
- Chemical resistance: Silicone rubbers have an excellent resistance to oils, solvents and chemicals even at high temperatures. Above 100deg C they offer superior resistance when compared directly with organic rubbers.

Applications For Rubber Silicone Extrusions

Silicone is one of worlds most versatile and useful materials and as such it can be found in almost every industry sector in the world. Silicone is a synthetic elastomer which has a unique chemical structure and a string of benefits and properties. It is a material which offers outstanding performance in some of the worst conditions such as under extreme pressures, with vast fluctuations in temperature and it can also resist attack from fire and chemicals.

Silicone extrusions can be manufactured to meet the most exacting of standards and deliver high performance in even the most complex of shapes. They come in a range of compounds and grades as well as being available in a wide range of colours to suit any application. Silicone extrusions are so versatile that they can be found in anything from the seal on a domestic fridge or oven to the highest performance seals demanded by the military.

Silicone rubber extrusions can be designed for virtually any requirement including:
- Dairy seals and fluid handling tubing
- Aerospace and military gaskets and seals
- Architectural and window seals
- Washers and seals for electrical equipment
- Outdoor electrical enclosures
- Telecommunications enclosures
- Fibre optic sheaths
- Rail and mass transit
- Pharmaceutical
- Civil engineering