How The Transportation Industries Uses Silicone Extrusions

Transportation industries use silicone in different ways. Here’s how Viking Extrusions can help. Silicone extrusions are extremely versatile and

Transportation industries use silicone in different ways. Here’s how Viking Extrusions can help.

Silicone extrusions are extremely versatile and beneficial to a number of sectors. One of the main sectors we work with is transportation. Want to know whether silicone extrusions are right for your organisation? Contact our team to discuss your needs.

The benefits of silicone extrusions

There are many reasons why silicone extrusions are a popular choice for organisations, especially within transportation industries. It is one of the most popular materials and is ideal for different settings. Here are just a few of the benefits of silicone extrusions.

  • Versatile
  • Flexible
  • Durable
  • Heat resistant
  • Waterproof
  • Hygienic

Learn more about the benefits of silicone rubber on our blog.

The different industries within transportation

The transportation sector refers to a number of different industries. How these industries use silicone extrusions will vary, but here at Viking Extrusions, we will work with you to find the ideal solution. Our vast experience has allowed us to work with numerous industries in transportation.

Passenger safety and operational efficiency are essential within the aerospace industry. This is why a high-performance material like silicone is so key. It can handle the rigorous demands of the aerospace and aviation industries, and we have worked to manufacture silicone rubber products for over 30 years.

The requirements of the aerospace industry mean that you will need specialised grades of silicone. Our materials are certified to follow the FAR/JAR 25.823 specifications as follows:

  • F1  –   Flammability CS25.853 (a) Amdt.18 App.F Pt.I(a)(1)(i) & (b)(4) 60s Vert.
  • F3  –  Flammability CS 25.853(a) Amdt.18 App.F Pt.I(a)(1)(v) & (b)(5) 15s Horiz.
  • F5  – Flammability CS.25.853(a) Amdt.18 App.F Pt.I(a)(2)(ii) & (b)(6) 30sec/45° (60sh only)
  • F9 –  Smoke Emission ABD0031 IssF
  • F10  – Toxic Gas Emission ABD0031 (ppm) IddF

Traditionally, silicone is used in the manufacturing of car door seals. The growth of the silicone industry means that it can now be used in a variety of other areas, such as gaskets. With its resistance to weathering, it can withstand the environments cars go through. We are ISO 9001:2015 approved and deliver full PPAP documentation through production.

As a leading supplier of EN45545-2 certified silicone rubber extrusions, mouldings and gaskets, we work closely with the rail and mass transit industry to create specialist grades of silicone. Our silicone rubber meets the global standards for rail and mass transit use, and we can supply silicone rubber in sponge/foam formats as well as solid to meet your engineer’s needs. We can create the following specialised materials.

  • BS6853: 1999 (Category 1A conformity) BS EN ISO 4589 – 3 1996
  • NFX70-100 
  • NF F 16-101 & NF F 16-102 Classification: F0
  • EN 45545-2 R1, R7H. L1, HL2
  • EN45545-2 R22, R23. HL1, HL2, HL3
  • UL94-V0

Silicone is resistant to a number of environmental factors, including rain, wind, salt, Ozone, and UV. It has become vital in marine applications and is relied upon to extend the service life of sea-faring vessels.

Transportation infrastructure

The versatility of silicone makes it perfect for use in transportation infrastructure. It is safe and durable, with many using it for travel-related buildings and any engineering projects related to transportation.

The main uses of silicone in transportation

Seals and gaskets

Silicone can be used as seals and gaskets within the automotive industry. Silicone rubber gaskets create a tight seal to prevent leakage. As silicone is resistant to extreme temperatures and doesn’t react to most chemicals, it can be used to reduce vibrations in vehicles and is perfect for use in commercial and personal vehicles as well as in heavy machinery.

Electrical insulation

Electrical wires should be effectively insulated to protect the wire from the environment it is found in, as well as people from the wire itself. Our silicone rubber sheeting exhibits high electrical insulation properties and can be used to seal electrical enclosures.

Vibration and noise insulation

Silicone sponge profiles can be used to protect and cushion components, acting as an acoustic dampener. This makes them excellent for use in rail and mass transit, aerospace, marine, and automotive applications.

Safety seals

The extreme versatility and resistance of silicone means that it provides exceptional protection from extreme temperatures and withstands environmental stresses. The flexible material is extremely hygienic as well, ensuring the transportation sector can abide by the strict rules and regulations put in place.

Contact Viking Extrusions for all of your transportation silicone needs

Here at Viking Extrusions, we have provided silicone rubber profiles, seals, and more for a variety of projects in transportation. Having worked with Boeing, Airbus, Aston Martin, BMW, London Underground and Electrostar, we can help you find the perfect solution. Contact us to find out more.

Get in touch with Viking Extrusions

Contact our expert team of silicone engineers for advice, quotations or any other queries.

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