New machinery dramatically improves silicone sheeting quality
July 16, 2012 at 4:24 PM
Silicone Engineering has brought innovation to the next level with a groundbreaking new machine, designed to reduce waste and improve the quality of sheeting products.
The company’s new bespoke, state-of-the-art ‘talc coating machine’ will greatly reduce the amount of talcum powder used in the production of kSil™ solid silicone sheeting.
Talcum powder is necessary because it provides a non-stick surface to the finished silicone.
Before installing the machine, talc was applied manually by hand to provide a non-stick surface to the finished silicone.
Applying the talc by hand resulted in a significant amount of waste being produced and, despite efforts by workers, an even spread of talc was not always achieved.
Steve Hadlington, Technical Director at Silicone Engineering, said: “The new machine allows us to spread an extremely light coating of talc over the finished silicone sheeting, reducing waste and improving the appearance and performance of the material.
“When sold on to converters and gasket cutters, less talc on the silicone means less talc getting into machinery and around the facilities.
“In-house, we have seen the air quality improve because less dust, caused by the talc is being created, making the factory much cleaner.”
The new machine will allow Silicone Engineering to produce a better quality, cleaner finish to our solid silicone sheeting.
It also enables Silicone Engineering to give a uniformed finish to the sheeting across a 1.8m wide surface.
The company is always looking for new ways to improve production processes and pass on the benefits to customers to exceed their expectations.