Silicon-based products comprise a versatile array of applications in the manufacturing industry. Because silicon is easily manipulated and tailored, with high-temperature stability and age resistance, silicon often operates in conjunction with other materials to insulate, purify, soften, adhere, condition, or otherwise protect a product. Silicon-based materials are also used to improve appearance, transfer energy, and aid in reconstruction.
In applications where a product must adhere to another, silicon can enable bonding between the materials. On the other hand, in applications where a coating and an adhesive layer need to remain independent of one another, silicone can be tailored to inhibit adhesion, keeping each layer separate and preventing adhesion.
Because of the wide range of possible forms, silicon has extensive industrial applications. Silicone rubber is used effectively in computers and electronics, automobiles, textiles, healthcare products, construction and architecture, and household products—numerous materials we come in contact with on a daily basis, including even hair conditioner, depend on silicone or silicon-based polymers. Due to its exceptional insulation properties, silicone rubber in particular is used in the electrical industry to coat and protect wires.