Frequently asked questions about silicone rubber extrusions manufacturing

Frequently asked questions about silicone rubber extrusions manufacturing

Thanks to their wide operating temperature and ease of processing, silicone rubber extrusions are regularly manufactured for use within a wide range of industries and can be adapted through bespoke design technology to meet all manner of requirements.

Whether new to the use of silicone rubber extrusions or a long-standing user with a new application, Advanced Materials would love to take a look at your current requirements.

But to help you know what you need in the first place, we have put together a selection of the most Frequently Asked Questions that we receive about silicone rubber manufacturing.

What in-house tooling facilities do you have?

A big question that we’re often asked is whether we have toolmaking facilities and what sort of technology we have available to create the rubber extrusions that we manufacture.

We have invested in CAD, CAM technology which allows us to design and create the tooling quickly and precisely, whether we need to modify a tool or create a new one from scratch.

We have a well equipped tool room with capabilities to cut our own extrusion tools and joining tools for our customers’ bespoke requirements

Thanks to these facilities, it might be that we already have what you need in-house. With over 8,000 extrusion tools to choose from, many extrusion requests are available without a tooling charge. This includes silicone rubber profiles, tubing and cord as well as rubber strip dies.

Give us a call on 01903 713566 to chat with a member of our team and see which type of tooling you may need for your silicone rubber application.

Do you produce silicone rubber extrusions for my industry?

If you are in the process of commissioning your silicone rubber manufacturing, then you could have questions about whether the silicone rubber is going to be suitable for your application. Of course, it’s vital that you know that your silicone rubber components will be able to withstand the challenges within its application.

Our market leading rubber extrusions can be seen in a wide range of industries, such as aerospace, construction, lighting, food and drink, rail and mass transit, pharmaceutical and medical, automotive and many more. Advanced Materials has several silicone rubber families of material to meet the varied specifications of different industries, including:

  • General Purpose (GP)
  • Metal Detectable Silicone Rubber (GP+MPWD)
  • High Strength (HS)
  • Flame Resistant (FR70R)
  • High Temperature (HTW)
  • Low Temperature (LT50)
  • FDA Food Grade Sponge (FGS20)
  • Steam Resistance (SR60)
  • Platinum Cured (PC)
  • Anti-Friction Treated (+AF)

Many of these are available in several hardness’.

To discuss your silicone manufacturing specifications, get in touch with a member of our team to see which compounds may be most suitable.

What quality and regulatory compliance standards do you work to?

It’s quite common for new customers to ask us about the regulations that surround the manufacturing of silicone rubber extrusions and the quality assurances we can provide.

We constantly work to improve our quality control systems and currently operate to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO14001. (Copies of our certificates are available upon request).

Advanced Materials is also committed to sustainable developments and thoroughly evidenced Quality Management Systems. Just some of the sustainable practices which we follow are:

  • Reducing energy consumption and emissions
  • Environmentally friendly wastage and disposal
  • Recycling our cardboard, paper and plastics
  • Selecting products and suppliers with good environmental credentials

For critical components, we create QAPs (Quality Action Plans) for with detailed instructions, and multi-level release.

We have on site traceability, keeping Production Samples for our extrusions for at least 5 years.

We have grades of silicone rubber that comply to flame retardant specifications:

  • UL94-V0
  • BS6853 Cat 1
  • Aircraft FAR 25.853(a)
  • Rail EN 45545 Part 2

We have materials for food, drinking water and pharmaceutical industries that meet the following standards:

  • FDA § 177.2600
  • BfR XV Silicones regulations
  • WRAS
  • EC 1935/2004

If you are looking for silicone extrusions manufacturing services and have questions visit the FAQs page of our website. If you can’t find the answer you are looking for then speak to one of our expert and friendly team today who will be pleased to help.

To find out more about Advanced Materials’ silicone rubber manufacturing services, contact us on +44 (0)1903 713566 or