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Why Use Silicone Instead Of Other Materials?

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Silicone Is Ideal For Industrial Uses

Silicone hoses are perfect for the demanding industrial environments that are prevalent in manufacturing, processing, and production. They are flexible, lightweight, strong, and durable, making them perfect for a wide range of industries and uses, including the following:

  • Processing foods and beverages
  • Manufacturing pharmaceuticals
  • Mixing cosmetics
  • Treating water (in water treatment plants)
  • Building aerospace and vehicle engines
  • Assembling cooling and refrigeration systems
  • And much more!

Silicone holds up well in industrial applications, and its non-porous nature makes it a great choice when you need to keep your process free from possible contaminants. This makes silicone hoses especially popular for highly sensitive uses, everything from mixing the right ingredients for makeup that is applied directly to the skin, to formulating medications patients have to ingest.

It’s very important that the production streams remain intact and uncontaminated, with strict purity maintained at every step, and silicone tubing is able to provide that level of quality control that these processes demand.

It Performs Well, Even In Small Spaces

You’ll often find silicone hoses in tight spaces, such as race car engines and airplane engines. There are several reasons for this. First, as we’ve already mentioned, silicone is durable, which means it’ll perform well even in the high-heat environment of performance engines.

Silicone tubing can also be used in construction, refrigeration, plumbing, and other applications that involve small spaces and tight turns. Because silicone hoses are very flexible, they can be inserted into compact designs, and they can perform well even after being subjected to a series of twists and turns.

Its Flexibility Makes It A Better Choice Than Metal

Metal is strong, solid, and durable, but it can’t bend the way silicone hoses do. This automatically eliminates metal from a wide range of applications. Meanwhile, silicone becomes the material of choice because it can flex while maintaining its integrity and strength, making it suitable for applications where tubing adjustability is a must.

Silicone Is Affordable

This man-made plastic material is a very affordable option in just about every implementation imaginable. Silicone hoses are cost-effective, with many affordable off-the-shelf parts available to choose from. Even customized solutions are economical, which means that many businesses turn to silicone to keep manufacturing costs low.

It Lasts Longer Than Rubber

In many ways, silicone is rubberlike, especially in its flexibility. But in other ways, silicone is the superior option. That’s because it won’t crack or degrade the way rubber often does when it’s put to the test. Under pressure and duress, as well as over time, rubber can crack, while silicone will hold up well under these same conditions. In the majority of cases, silicone will last longer than rubber.

Silicone Hoses Hold Up In Extreme Conditions

Silicone’s properties enable it to work well in fluctuating temperatures, as well as in the presence of very high or very low temperatures. In addition, silicone will not degrade in the presence of high humidity, making it ideal for water treatment plants, beverage processing systems, and all types of plumbing-related solutions.

These hoses also hold up well when exposed to direct, strong, and prolonged sunlight. Silicone is waterproof. It has high electrical insulating properties, and it’s ozone-resistant.

Custom Silicone Hose Solutions At Flex Tech

You Can Customize Solutions

Another great thing about silicone hoses is that you can customize solutions. There are many off-the-shelf parts that make it easy to connect hoses together, attach them to systems that are composed of several different types of material, and meet different length and diameter requirements. Readily available silicone parts such as these make it easy to design a custom system that meets your needs:

  • 45-degree elbows
  • 90-degree elbows
  • straight hoses
  • vacuum hoses
  • tubing
  • reducers
  • and more

If you need a very specific part that’s not available off the shelf, you can have a custom silicone hose piece made. The customization possibilities enable you to get creative with your designs knowing that you won’t be limited by parts.

It’s A Very Affordable Option

Compared to metal and many other types of materials, silicone is cost-effective. Business owners and managers appreciate this aspect of silicone hoses just as much as they appreciate the products’ reliability, durability, flexibility, and performance in extreme conditions.

Learn More About Silicone Hoses For Your Applications

Are you ready to learn more about silicone hoses and find out how they can be used in your applications? Get in touch with FlexTech. We are an industry leader in silicone hoses, tubing, and custom solutions. Our technical teams will work closely with you, first to help you determine what specifications your system requires, and then to meet your exacting needs.

Get in touch with FlexTech today to talk with one of our representatives. We’ve been serving clients since 2003, providing quality silicone parts and personalized solutions. Reach out to us today!