Sealing, Insulation and Protection for HVAC Systems
Heating and air conditioning systems whether commercial or domestic need to be efficient, reliable and most importantly, safe in operation. Due to their continual use, materials and components that make up HVAC units need to be able to withstand stresses such as high temperatures, vibration and environmental constraints. Seal and gasket failure, vibration damage and overheating are all common factors that cause HVAC units to breakdown which causes downtime and potential high maintenance costs.
HVAC design engineers need materials that ensure long lifespan and efficiency whilst providing safety when the systems are in place.
Common Industries using HVAC systems
- Mass Transit – Rail, Aerospace, Buses
- Construction – Commercial and Domestic
Silicone Material Solutions
kSil™ and expanSil™ silicone sponge has been specially formulated to provide excellent performance under common stresses of HVAC units, especially within Mass Transit applications. Common HVAC applications are:
- Enclosure Gaskets
- Thermal Insulation
- Acoustic Insulation
- Vibration Dampening
- Environmental Seal
Silicone sponge is used in a number of applications within HVAC systems. Due to its excellent compression set, it is commonly used as seals and gaskets providing protection from water and dust ingress.
Silicone sponge is also used as an insulator both thermally and acoustically. Thermally, silicone sponge is the ideal material to insulate an application due to its closed cell structure giving it excellent insulating properties. This means it can be applied as gap fillers and within cavities within the HVAC unit. Acoustically, kSil V-0 can dampen noise generated from the HVAC fans or the electric motors. For HVAC units within rail carriages, buses or other mass transit vehicles, silicone sponge dampens vibrations and rattles caused by movement on road or track.
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Silicone Rubber Tubing for the Dairy Industry
The dairy and agriculture sector demands a highly specific type of tubing from a quality engineering specialist, and Silicone Engineering is delighted to supply the specific silicone rubber products needed to serve this industry.
Quality demands for improved hygiene standards, lifespan and improved milk yields have seen silicone rubber products replace the more traditional organic rubber across a wide range of applications, predominantly dairy tubing. The combination of silicone’s durable, flexible and hygienic properties together with the quality engineering specialist knowledge from Silicone Engineering, this demand is met with excellence.
With its extreme temperature resilience, excellent elongation and resistance to weathering, silicone is an ideal material for dairy tubing, which is often exposed to the elements and subjected to harsh treatment in the milking parlour. It offers a robust solution perfectly suited to all-weather conditions, no matter how severe.
Silicone Engineering’s suraSil™DS is our standard dairy tube. Below is a technical data table showing the mechanical properties:
Other dairy tubing grades:
- suraSil™DX – Extreme high tear dairy tubing for ultimate durability
- neutraSil – antimicrobial silicone proven to prevent growth of harmful bacteria
- Twin Air Pulse Tubing – Used for efficient milk flow
Silicone solutions for LED lighting systems
Today’s elastomer market presents an extensive range of rubbers available to lighting engineers, designers and buyers. With so much choice on offer, it is imperative to select the correct specification of rubber with suitable grades, forms and thickness to ensure application performance.
Silicone rubber, with its superb sealing properties, ability to withstand high temperatures and lightweight features makes it the material of choice for both indoor and outdoor LED lighting applications.
Selecting the right material for LED lighting applications is crucial, as significant downtime and repair costs can occur if electrical enclosures fail to keep out water, moisture or dust ingress. Our material engineering specialists have developed a high-performance closed cell silicone sponge which boasts many protective properties including heat and weathering resistance.
As an engineering specialist, we produce unrivalled custom silicone rubber solutions for the LED lighting industry. High heat resistant lighting demands a robust and reliable material, and Silicone Engineering can design, prototype and test silicone products customised to suit your individual needs and lighting requirements.
As expert engineering specialists, we manufacture and supply custom silicone rubber for LED lighting projects such as:
- Stadium lighting
- Street lighting
- Automotive lighting
- Mass transit lighting
- LCD display lighting
- General outdoor lighting
Silicone serves up food and beverage production industry solutions
Silicone rubber serves up an array of properties that make it a perfect solution for the food and beverage production industries.
Boasting an expansive client portfolio including global giants Heinz, Kraft Foods and Cadbury’s, Silicone Engineering have been manufacturing custom-made food grade silicone within the industry for decades.
Silicone rubber, with its superb temperature resilience, robust nature and non-stick properties, is a high-performing solution for food and beverage production.
As expert food grade silicone manufacturers, Silicone Engineering pride themselves on providing silicone rubber solutions for a variety of food and beverage applications and sectors:
- Gaskets for food processing machinery
- Food transfer tubing
- Dairy tubing
- Vending tubing
- Antimicrobial belting
- Industrial oven seals
Silicone Rubber Solutions for vacuum forming and vacuum membranes
Demand on the energy sector is higher than ever. This has led to an increasing need for efficiency improvements to be made using reliable products, whilst limiting impacts to the environment.
This is where the expertise of engineering technical specialists, Silicone Engineering, comes into play. Silicone rubber is widely used within the energy sector due to the material’s high-performing properties, such as the precision-engineered vacuum membrane sheets that provide a highly durable and robust solution within the solar energy industry.
Silicone rubber, with its host of features and benefits, delivers superb solutions for the manufacture of wind and solar energy parts. A wide temperature range and resilience, combined with its thermal and chemical stability, makes silicone rubber the perfect solution for vacuum membranes used in the vacuum forming process to produce composite components such as wind turbine blades and solar panels.
Silicone Rubber for the construction industry
Silicone rubber products, with their robust properties and ability to make construction materials work better for longer, make for a perfect solution for use in the building and construction industry.
Helping to shape the landscape and design of today’s modern buildings, silicone provides flexible solutions that range from intricate silicone profiles to expansive sections fitted to glass, steel and plastics.
In an industry where safety is as crucial as aesthetics, quality engineering specialists, Silicone Engineering, boast the experience and knowledge to provide custom solutions to Seal, Insulate and Protect applications.
Silicone materials safeguard taller structures by absorbing vibration, stresses and movement, making it highly effective for vibration management. Its excellent sealing properties also make silicone perfectly-suited to protection from water, dust and ingress.
As an engineering specialist, we produce custom silicone rubber solutions for the building and construction industry that are second to none. Silicone Engineering can design, prototype and test silicone products customised to suit your individual needs.
Silicone Rubber for the Oil & Gas Sector
Increase efficiency, quality and reliability with silicone solutions for the oil and gas sector from engineering specialist Silicone Engineering.
The oil and gas sector is a vast industry and, with global demand ever-increasing for natural resources, reliability and excellent lifespan of materials used in this sector are required to ensure performance can withstand the demand.
Well-known for its extreme temperature and environmental resistance, silicone rubber lends itself perfectly to oil and gas pipeline construction.
From health and safety equipment through to maintenance and repairs, the level of quality has to be of the highest order to ensure failure is reduced to a minimum. This is where silicone rubber comes into its own, providing a host of appealing properties together with durable, highly resistant and flexible features.
Silicone rubbers can be applied to a wide range of applications in this sector, utilising properties of high temperature and excellent environmental resistance. Silicone Engineering are quality engineering specialists who work closely with oil and gas companies to understand the exact requirements needed for the silicone material to allow the correct grade to be specified for the application.
Silicone Rubber for Aerospace Applications
With the outstanding ability to endure incredible stresses and temperature extremes, silicone rubber is widely used throughout the aerospace and aviation industries.
In an industry with no margin for error, it is crucial to know that a quality engineering specialist with vast aerospace experience is supplying your silicone solutions. Silicone Engineering have been manufacturing and supplying specialist silicone products to the aerospace sector for over 40 years.
Having been previously owned by aerospace giants Meggitt PLC and Bestobell Aviation, Silicone Engineering have built vast knowledge and expertise in aviation-specific silicone rubber applications. We have developed and tested numerous silicone grades and our robust and reliable material is used throughout the industry to meet a number of specifications.
Working with Boeing, Rolls Royce, Airbus, BAE Systems, and Agusta Westland, Silicone Engineering have not only developed approved aircraft silicone grades but, as engineering specialists, can also develop custom solutions on-site.
Silicone Engineering have the expertise, state of the art materials, and technology to boast engineering specialist status serve the automotive and aerospace sector with silicone solutions that are second to none.
Silicone for Automotive Sealing & Protection
Silicone rubber delivers the strength, resistance and durability required for reliable automotive applications.
As consumers demand a boost in power and performance, the heat increase that is generated is a factor that engineers must consider and manage, and this is where a quality engineering specialist comes into play.
Automotive manufacturers rely heavily on the quality and performance of rubber materials and, with increasing heat present in new vehicles, silicone rubber comes into its own, offering the perfect solution.
Due to the temperature rise, there has been an increase in silicone usage being used in new vehicles as EPDM gets replaced, due to its inferior temperature performance (140°C max).
With extreme temperature resistance from -60°C to 230°C and outstanding weathering properties, silicone rubber can extend the service life of automotive assemblies. Its resistance to rain, wind, salt, abrasion, ultraviolet radiation and chemicals make silicone the material of choice in the automotive sector.
Silicone Engineering is an engineering technical specialist and is firmly in the driving seat, leading the way in silicone solutions for the automotive industry.
Flexible Silicone Solutions for the Rail Industry
Public transport connects people across the world and, with increasing demands in the industry, performance and passenger welfare need to come first. Networks should strive to deliver an efficient service that is consistent and effective at all times.
From underground and light rail systems, to more recent high-speed rail such as France’s TGV and China’s HSR systems, rail is one of the most important and busiest modes of transport, especially in highly populated areas.
With this comes the need for silicone materials that are durable, reliable and deliver exceptional performance, while meeting the health and safety standards needed to withstand intensive use.
Here at Silicone Engineering, we are experts in silicone for rail applications such as sealing, gaskets and acoustic designs and solutions. All of our specialised rail materials have been formulated and tested to meet the highest standards associated with the rail industry, including:
- EN45545-2 (HL3)
- NFPA 130 (ASTM E162, ASTM E662, ASTM C1166)
- Bombardier SMP 800c
- BS 6853 Category 1
- NF F-16-101 Cat F0