ERJ staff report (SS) Tokyo -- Shin-Etsu Chemical Co. Ltd. has developed and begun sales of rapid cure silicone rubber that it claims cures five times faster than the company's conventional high-consistency rubber (HCR) grade products.
In a 13 Dec statement, Shin-Etsu said that the rapid cure silicone rubber products can increase the number of moulded parts produced per hour due to a shorter moulding cycle; can improve dimensional tolerances of parts, resulting in a reduction in the number of defective parts; require no front-end processing and comply with US food and drug administration guidelines.
Two varieties of the silicone are available -- KE-594 with 40 Shore-A hardness and KE-597 with 70 Shore-A hardness -- which can be blended to meet the required intermediate hardness specification of users.
Shin-Etsu said in the statement that it will continue to pursue the development of silicone technologies in the future and will go forward with product development to meet the needs of a market that is becoming more sophisticated.
Silicones are highly functional materials that combine characteristics of both organic and inorganic materials. They provide high-value-added features for products in a wide range of industrial fields, including electrical and electronic applications, automobiles, construction, cosmetics and chemicals.
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Press release from Shin-Etsu