Shin-Etsu launches high consistency silicone tubing ideal for biotech use

Sil-X-Shin’s Phenyl Silicone and Methyl-Vinyl Extrusion tubing

The American subsidiary of a Japanese silicone products company has recently released in Canada a new line of silicone tubing specially designed for the biotechnology, healthcare, beverage, and architectural industries.

Shin-Etsu Silicones of America, a subsidiary of Japan’s ShinEtsu Chemical Co. Ltd., touts its newest high consistency rubber (HCR) product line, Sil-X-Shin Silicone Elastomer for his strength, flexibility, and ability to function under extremely cold temperatures.

The platinum, addition-cure series includes two distinct HCR extrusion versions: Methyl-Vinyl and Phenyl Silicone specifically engineered for extruded tubing and profiles and designed for use in healthcare, beverage, and architectural glazing applications.

Both series are available in a wide range of Shore A Hardness–from 40–80, and come in a convenient 10:1 ratio of base compound to catalyst. Having one universal catalyst that can be used with each base provides the benefit of flexibility. This also translates into reduced working capital and material logistics costs of stocking multiple products, according to the company.

Sil-X-Shin’s Phenyl Silicone extrusion grade series works well in temperatures lower than -40◦ C−with a -60◦C minimum for optimal usage. This provides better resistance to gamma sterilization and is ideally suited for applications such as pharmaceutical process tubing requiring low-temperature resistance.

The Methyl-Vinyl Extrusion grade series features unique translucence and clarity. The tubing exhibits no bubble formation while curing in the oven and it produces a smooth surface finish.

Both products are biocompatible and are currently being tested for USP Class VI compliance.

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