Introduction of UV-Curing Silicone Rubber

Thursday, October 13, 2016: 9:45 AM
Rm 303 (David L. Lawrence Convention Center )
Masanari Shimakawa, Elastomers Business Technology, Momentive Performance Materials Japan LLC, Ohta-shi, Gumma, Japan
Due to its unique characteristics, silicone rubber has been an essential material for growth in many industries. Silicone rubber is able to be adapted to various molding methods such as injection, compression, extrusion and calendaring, to produce various types of elastomeric parts. Just as with thermal-curing resin, silicone rubber is cured by a crosslinking reaction with heat being necessary for cure. In recent years, the demand for improvement in productivity has increased. The heating process is becoming an impediment to productivity. UV-curing silicone rubber, which utilizes UV irradiation for cure, makes it possible to eliminate the heating process from the manufacturing of silicone rubber parts. Momentive Performance Materials’ UV curing silicone rubber is a new family of crosslinked elastomers, which can enable innovative applications and supporting recent productivity trends. UV-curing technology can provide silicone elastomers with greater versatility to meet current marketplace demands that extend beyond the capabilities of conventional thermal-curing materials.