Silicone rubber is a versatile material that offers many beneficial properties, including high-temperature performance, transparency, durability, and great electrical insulation properties. These features, along with many others, make silicone rubber a highly desired material across several sectors. At Aero Rubber, we manufacture silicone rubber in:
Types of Silicone
When manufacturing silicone rubber parts and components, there are many types of silicone materials to choose from, with each type offering its own unique advantages and material properties. At Aero Rubber, we work with the following types of silicone:
Silicone is a non-latex material that is ozone and UV-resistant. It can be used in a wide range of temperatures from -100°F to 450°F. Its long service life makes it a great option for various industrial applications, provided it’s not exposed to steam, strong acids, and oil. Due to its purity when processed, companies frequently use silicone in the medical, pharmaceutical, and food processing industries.
Fluorosilicone can function in temperatures ranging from -100°F to 400°F, and it can resist damage from ozone and UV light. When improved chemical resistance is needed, fluorosilicone can work as a substitute for silicone. This material can resist grease/oil, fuels, aromatic chlorinated solvents and bases, and moderate or oxidizing chemicals; however, it has poor resistance to ketones and brake fluids.
Dimethyl silicone is characterized by good resistance to aging, excellent electrical insulation properties, good elasticity, and resistance to shock and moisture. It’s a very stable material that’s commonly used for coating fabrics and producing extruded products for industries such as medical, automotive, aerospace, and more.
Manufacturing Methods for Silicone Rubber Parts
There are various manufacturing and fabrication methods that can be utilized when creating silicone rubber parts. These include:
Silicone Rubber Extrusions
In this manufacturing process, silicone is forced through a die with the required cross-section using high levels of pressure. This process is typically used to produce products with uniform cross-sectional areas such as rods and tubes.
Silicone Rubber Molding
At Aero Rubber, we use compression molding, where a silicone rubber preform is enclosed into the mold cavity where it is heated and cured into a permanent form.
Fabrication Methods Used With Silicone Parts
Aero Rubber offers a variety of fabrication methods to create custom silicone rubber components. These methods include:
Applications for Silicone Rubber Components
Some of the most popular applications for silicone rubber parts include:
- Automotive. Engine covers, gaskets, connectors, sealants, valve covers
- Electrical and electronics. Insulators, connectors, cable terminations, illumination, energy transmission parts
- Medical and healthcare. Respiratory care, tubing, catheters, medical cables, membranes
- Food and beverage. Packaging equipment, drink vending machines, baking trays, oven door profiles, food processing equipment
Turn to Aero Rubber for Silicone Rubber Components
At Aero Rubber, we produce high-quality silicone rubber components to meet the needs of various industries and applications. To learn more about our silicone rubber manufacturing capabilities, contact us today or call us at (800) 662-1009.