To produce any type of commodity or product, we need a material from which it can be manufactured. We all are looking for an alternative material for one thing to another.
Among all of this, there are things manufactured from silicone. What are these products?
Silicone rubber (ยาง ซิ ลิ โคน, which is the term in Thai) can be a great alternative for baby products.
Let’s take a look at some basic information that you can use to bring about some change in the materials around you. So, shall we?
First of all:
What is a silicone rubber?
This type of rubber material is non-reactant to any kind of environmental change. In Simple words, it does not react with most of the chemicals. Due to this property, it is used in many medical applications. Such as medical implants.
It has many advantageous properties. Some of them being biocompatible, hypoallergenic, etc.
This material is perfect for manufacturing baby care products as they do not react to any kind of environmental change.
There are various grades of this material. Some companies also manufacture products based on the demand and needs of their clients.
How should you decide and choose?
If you are looking for a manufacturer who can produce products for different purposes, you need to know that silicone rubber is used in various ways in several industries. For example, in medical equipment, baby products, toys, etc.
There are three major grades of this rubber: French, American, and German.
French silicone rubber is a globally recognized premium quality grade. This stands on the same level as of the other two grades.
Just like for there are different grades for different purposes, there is a range of hardness levels. The general required level of hardness is of Shore A in the range of 15-30.
Given below is the range of hardness that is used in the industry for Shore A hardness:
- Nim (10-14)
- Low Hardness (15-22)
- Medium Hardness (23-27)
- Hard (28-30)
- Very Hard (~30)
- Special Hardness (~70)
What are the applications of silicone rubber?
This type of rubber shall be used when it comes to manufacturing commodities which require:
- High Electrical Resistance
- High Steam Sterilization Resistance Especially in Seals & Gaskets used in Medical Devices
- High Durability, Color Matching Options, etc.
While people are looking for alternatives to plastic, replacing it with silicone for products that can be compatible with it will be our best choice. It would be better for our degrading status of the environment. The cost shouldn’t be a matter. Because it could never be more than the cost of our nature’s survival.