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How Silicone Impacts Your Daily Life

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If you’ve been reading our recent posts here at Flex Technologies Inc., you might already be aware of the degree to which silicone impacts our day-to-day life without us realizing it. In our last article, Fun, Interesting, And Practical Facts About Silicone, we took the opportunity to list a somewhat arbitrary list of facts and applications related to silicones from a general perspective. While we here at Flex Tech specialize in the manufacturing of silicone hoses and tubes, it’s a fun activity to research the great many applications that this remarkably synthetic product boasts. From the medical field to aviation to textiles and personal care products, silicone affects our daily lives much in no small way.

Today’s post, as it turns out, will continue investigating this theme. So if you are interested in learning more about how silicone affects your daily life without you even realizing it, read on! This post is for you.

The Transportation Industry

Do you use a spacecraft, airplane, high-performance automobile, submarine, or boat? Perhaps you don’t regularly, but we’d be surprised if you’ve never used one of the aforementioned vehicles at least once in your life. If you have, you should know that silicones offer durability, adhesion, and general strength required for these vehicles to function. In terms of silicone adhesives, vehicle exteriors which utilize silicone will be more resistant to environmental factors like salt, radiation, common chemicals, rain, wind, and general abrasion. This has the net effect of fewer repairs and therefore lower costs in terms of upkeep.

Beyond that, silicones are used in a wide range of vehicular parts, including silicone hoses, engine gaskets, shock absorbers, cushioning, airbags, ventilation flaps, and hydraulic bearings.

Cosmetics

Silicones are commonly used in the world of personal care products and cosmetics. Because silicone is non-toxic and so versatile in function, it can be used to make a great number of cosmetic products more attractive and useful. To the former point, silicone is used to improve the smooth texture, luster, and shine of personal care products. In deodorant, they help reduce the appearance of white residue while making a variety of other shaving creams, shampoos, and lotions more long-lasting and effective.

Restoration Projects

Silicone is truly an amazing material, in case you haven’t figured that out yet. It’s being used in premium paints to help prolong the lifespan of the exterior coatings on houses, commercial structures, and even vehicles. But beyond that, silicones are also used to restore landmarks and other historical buildings without harming the original material’s integrity. The silicone adhesives are used to increase the strength and durability of specific structural joints while also improving the water-repellant functionality of materials like limestone or sandstone — both of which are quite porous without treatment.

Electronics

Yet another industry in which silicone has a firm footing is in electronics. From copier rollers to keyboards to keypads to LED lighting and technology, silicone is a widely used material. Silicone does not conduct electricity while offering high thermal stability, which are two qualities that help make it an ideal choice in material for many electrical applications.

The Kitchen

The final application category we’ll be making note of in today’s post is that of kitchenware. Cake pans, non-stick cookware and bakeware, and even baking mats are often made of silicone. It makes sense too, as the synthetic substance doesn’t transfer any kind of flavor to the food. It’s easy to clean to boot!

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As you can probably imagine at this point, there are plenty of other applications which the purview of this article was unable to include. But hey, that’s silicone for you; the possibilities are seemingly endless!

But while these facts about silicone are well and good in a blog post, at the end of the day we at Flex Tech are all about providing value and quality to our customers. We make premium silicone hoses and tubes for cost-effective prices. We ship across the world and we have the capacity to make any kind of custom hose you might be looking for. We take pride in our work and are more than ready to handle whatever kind of project you have in mind. Shop our performance silicone hoses today, and don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions at all!