Liquid Silicone Rubber Library

Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) vs. Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE)

“Thermoplastic” and “thermoset” sound related but are not interchangeable. LSRs are thermosets and TPE materials are thermoplastics. Each has different material properties and they behave inversely during the molding process.

Insights – LSR Molding Technology News

Read the latest LSR injection molding news from SIMTEC Silicone Parts and the other members of the RICO Group.

The Benefits of LSR Components in Gas Appliance Applications

The production of gas appliances is full of unique requirements. Thankfully, there is a unique material perfect for those demands. Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) offers physical properties and characteristics that make it ideal for applications involving the control of the flow of gas. The properties and characteristics of LSR, coupled with the precision and output available with the injection molding process to manufacture, are perfectly suited for components used in gas appliances.Thin LSR membranes, valves, seals, and diaphragms can be found throughout gas furnaces, water heaters, washers and dryers, ovens, stoves or grills

Why You Should Use Silicone in Mother and Child Care Products

Mothers have high standards for the items they use to take care of their children, and so does the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last updated in May 2019 in a guidance to provide additional information on how to prepare Food Contact Notifications (FCNs) for food contact substances that will come into contact with infant formula and/or human (breast) milk. Mother and child care products require materials that are hypoallergenic, durable, smooth and comfortable, and easy to clean. For these characteristics, liquid silicone rubber (LSR) has emerged as the material of choice.

Multi-Material Components: What Are the Options Available and Advantages?

Components manufactured using a combination of materials or substrates has become an attractive option and is being used by a variety of industries for applications ranging from sealed connectors in automotive, spray formers in shower heads, and pump housings in medical devices. Multi-material components offer the unique benefit of exhibiting the characteristics of the individual materials, as well as their advantages. In addition to producing a multi-functional component, the process of combining various materials/substrates in a single molding process also offers the OEM benefits such as reduced assembly costs, and superior sealing for improved quality. Design capabilities are also enhanced allowing for complex part geometries and the use of non-plastic substrates.