University of Wisconsin Milwaukee Silicone Elastomers Course 2019
Investing in our people
During February 2019, Carlo Cartini attended a 4-day silicone elastomers course in Anaheim, California.
The focus of this course was liquid silicone rubber (LSR), in particular its fabrication and recent advances.
Carlo was the only attendee from Australia.
Presenters at this course are leaders in the industry.
Two of these presenters were even involved in the creation and patenting of liquid silicone rubber.
The conference was very collaborative with all delegates happy to share information which wasn’t client specific.
Everyone gained the ability to service their customers better as a result of this information.
In order to stay at the forefront of materials science and manufacturing, Romar believes in investing in their people. This course is a great example of how we value education to ensure we are always at the cutting edge of technology.
“Even though I have many years of experience in the elastomer molding industry, the breadth and depth of silicone fabrication technology taught in this course was outstanding. I learnt many new aspects of the technology behind the methods. It’s value in problem solving on a day to day basis will be incalculable.” ~ Carlo Cartini
Liquid silicone rubber - the way of the future
Liquid silicone rubber is a widely used material due to its versatility and unique properties. It is non-reactive and stable, as well as resistant to extreme environments and temperatures. A variety of industries use LSR including automotive, defense, sporting goods, medical devices and consumer products.
Liquid silicone molding is the way of the future. The reason for this is because it lends itself to automation and high volumes. It is therefore accessible to manufacturers all over the world and allows their cost base to stay competitive.
Liquid silicone molding in the automotive industry
The delegates discussed the automotive industry because car electrical connectors are manufactured using liquid silicone molding. These small manufactured parts connect wires in the car to form circuits.
They must be reliable and built to last, especially as cars become more electrical. For example, in a hybrid vehicle there are 2500-3000 connectors used. This is only going to grow when self-driven cars take off. The use of liquid silicone allows manufacturers to produce connectors in mass and to a tight budget.
Romar’s silicone molding experts
Here at Romar, we have a strong team who specialise in liquid molding. We are constantly upskilling them to make sure they know what is happening at the cutting edge of advancement.
During the UWM course, one important topic that Carlo learnt about was overmolding of silicone onto plastic substrates. He and his team are going to use this knowledge in the manufacture of a new product. It’s certainly an exciting time to be working with LSR.
- Carlo forged strong strategic alliances with advanced suppliers of liquid silicone materials and equipment.
- Liquid silicone was previously very expensive. In recent years the price point as dropped hence its increase in popularity. When it is used correctly, it becomes very cost effective.
- Liquid silicone is a fairly new form of molding. Engineers need to understand how to use it correctly to use it to its full capacity. For example, measurements of dye need to very precise to avoid leakage of rubber.
“Whether you are looking to enter the silicone moulding industry for vertical integration, for transfer to silicone from an existing polymer process or an experienced fabricator looking to train new team members, I would highly recommend this course.” ~ Carlo Cartini