Electrical power distribution is dependent on insulators that protect the power supply from costly and dangerous interruptions that could result from exposure to water, salt, sand or industrial pollutants. Silicones provide high voltage insulator coatings to protect wire, power and communications cable. Silicone insulators ensure underground and above ground cables transmit significant amounts of energy safely and without disruption.
Silicones are added to wastewater to regulate or prevent the formation of foam in the various clarification stages of sewage treatment plants.
Silicones play a useful role as foam-control agents in the agriculture and food processing industries. Applications include crop protection, fertilizers, brewing and fried foods.
Silicones as antifoam agents ensure foam regulation during a wash cycle. Foam regulation is important because it helps carry the dirt away from the soiled materials.
Silicones help preserve fabric "newness" because of their softening properties. Silicones' elasticity helps smooth out wrinkles.
Silicones spread easily, enhance shine and do not chemically react to surface materials, so they are ideal components of any polish or cleaners used on household surfaces such as floors, kitchen and bathroom counters. Silicones also enhance shoe cleaning and polishing products.
Silicones are used to seal the steam chamber.
Silicones are used to bond the front panel to the aluminum or steel frame. Silicones are used to seal oven doors.
The frame is bonded to the glass with silicone elastomers that resist the weather and extreme temperatures.
Silicone rubber is used in toy manufacturing because the final product is, non-toxic, weather resistant, pleasing to touch, easy to dye and can be sterilized at high temperatures.
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Mouldable pure silicone earplugs have excellent waterproof qualities and are great noise stoppers. Invented in 1962 by classical musician Ray Benner, silicone ear plugs help protect swimmers from ear infections and due to their mouldable properties are extremely comfortable to wear.
NASA first started using silicones in space suits during Project Apollo in the 1960's. The thumbs and fingertips of lunar surface gloves were moulded of silicone rubber to permit a degree of sensitivity and "feel", and the sole of the lunar boot worn by Neil Armstrong on the moon was made from a ribbed silicone rubber.