Silicone sheeting is widely used in the car, food, medical and electrical industries due to its ability to withstand extremes of temperature and its superb electrical conductivity. The sheeting also has excellent tensile strength and a high tear factor. With properties such as these, it is no wonder it is used by such a diverse number of industries.
So let’s take a look at the most popular uses for silicone sheeting in industry today.
Silicon sheeting is often bought for use in manufacturing items to companies own specifications. The sheets can be machined to make washers, strips, seals and gaskets in a variety of sizes and dimensions. Some sheeting is manufactured with an extra fibre-glass layer for extra durability, ideal for making non-stretch seals, diaphragms and gaskets.
HT-800 silicone sponge sheeting is especially effective for outdoor use due to its compact cell structure and unique formulation. The sheeting seals superbly against penetration by driving rain and atmospheric particles. As a result, it is often used to protect a variety of lighting, electrical and communication facilities. The sheeting’s excellent shock reduction and vibration isolation qualities are also contributing factors in being the material of choice for protecting these set-ups.
Food and drink companies use seals made from silicone sheeting on their factory production lines. Their hard wearing construction and ability to repel liquids make them ideal for the task when dealing with a variety of foodstuffs.
However, the companies can lose thousands of pounds in lost production and the recall of products if contamination is found on the production line. This is caused by particles from degrading silicone seals. Fortunately metal-detectable silicone can be picked up by sensors on the line, meaning the contamination can be identified quickly and dealt with, keeping stoppage time to a minimum.
TYM has nearly 40 years experience in supplying and manufacturing gaskets and seals made from silicone, FKM fluoroelastomer, neoprene, nitrile and more.