Silicone rubber is an inorganic synthetic elastomer made from a cross-linked silicon-based polymer reinforced with filler. It offers a unique combination of chemical and mechanical properties organic elastomers cannot match. It is an extraordinary material with these special characteristics and advantages:
· Extreme temperature application, -118°C to +316°C (-180°F to+600°F).
· Excellent thermal resistance, with the availability of special flame retardant compounds.
· Remarkable electric qualities. There are many superior dielectric and insulation properties available in special compounds. Silicone can be either electrically insulating or conductive.
· Silicone is inert, odorless, tasteless, stainless, and therefore ideal for medical and food applications.
· It has very high resistance to weathering and oxidation conditions.
· Silicone is highly resistant to a wide range of chemicals as well as to ozone, UV, radiation and corona.
· Silicone does not allow growth of either bacteria or mold.
· Silicone has superior water resistance and low water absorption traits.
· Silicone has excellent flexibility and can be both stretched and compressed.
· It comes in a wide range of firmness from 3 Shore-A to 90 Shore–A as well as wide range of colors.