In building and construction, silicone sealants, adhesives and coatings make construction materials work better and last longer. Silicone adhesives bond diverse materials such as concrete, glass, granite, steel and plastics. This enables innovative architecture and engineering, such as dramatic glass facades or curved and suspended structures. Sealants ensure materials stay affixed and absorb stress and movement from wind or earthquakes. Sealants and coatings also protect joints and materials from moisture, heat, corrosion, sunlight, ultraviolet radiation, pollution and other chemicals.
Silicones have played an integral role in advancements in computer technology, telecommunications and micro- and macro-electronics and electrical power distribution.
Silicones seal, bond and encapsulate everything from highly sensitive circuits and microprocessors to semiconductors. They help electronic components remain protected from extreme heat, moisture, salt, corrosion, contamination and movement in computers, appliances, cars and airplanes. Because of silicones’ protective properties, many technological and electronic innovations in electronic devices, components, assemblies and systems are possible.
Keypads, keyboards and copier rollers are made with silicones—as are hardcoating housings for computers, facsimile machines, telephones and home entertainment equipment.
Medical applications and infant care products made with silicones satisfy the highest quality standards demanded by health care professionals, patients and families. Resistant to bacteria, silicones are easy to sterilize. They do not react with other materials and do not irritate the body. Used externally, internally, or intravenously, silicone materials do not generate unwelcome byproducts or trigger allergic reactions.
Silicones soften and smooth topical medications so they can be applied without leaving a greasy residue, and they can help form a seal that protects wounds during the healing process.
Silicone tubing in some medical devices—such as drug delivery systems or heart pacemakers—helps reduce the risk of infection. Silicone-enhanced lubricants ease the insertion of needles and devices.
Silicones can most closely approximate the consistency of skin and offer exceptional cushion and comfort in prosthetics.
Bakeware and cookware are more sturdy, convenient, easy to use and long-lasting when made with silicone rubber. The flexible, non-stick surface is easy to clean and does not impart any flavor or odor to the food. Cake pans, muffin molds, and baking mats can go from the freezer to the oven, microwave or dishwasher without affecting the quality of the product or the food.
Silicones are ideal ingredients of household polishes and cleaners for floors and countertops. They enhance shine, spread easily and do not chemically react with surface materials.
Silicones in fabric softeners help preserve "newness" because of their softening properties. Silicones' elasticity helps smooth out wrinkles. As anti-foaming agents in laundry detergents, silicones ensure foam control during a wash cycle.
Sealants and Adhesives
Silicones are ideal for affixing materials and are used in expansion, construction, connection and movement joints. Materials are held in place and the joints absorb the natural shifting and movement from fluctuations in temperature, humidity and other environmental effects.
In the home, silicone rubber sealants in kitchens and bathrooms prevent damage from moisture and bacteria build-up.
Silicone adhesives used in structural glazing protect the long-term quality and appearance of a façade. Whether manufactured with the material or applied to the finished surface, commercial and industrial structures withstand exposure to the elements. Glazing also insulates and protects glass panels in cars or façades from UV radiation.
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