How silicone moulding has impacted the food sector
Silicone moulding has become increasingly popular in the food sector due to its many benefits. Silicone is a non-toxic, flexible, and durable material that can withstand high temperatures without melting or releasing harmful chemicals. This makes it ideal for creating moulds for food products such as chocolates, sweets, cakes, breads and pastries.
The history of silicone moulding
Silicone moulding has a relatively short history compared to other moulding processes. The first commercially practical silicone material was developed in 1941 by Eugene G. Rochow, a chemist working for General Electric. However, it was not until the 1960s that silicone rubber started to be used for industrial applications.
The first silicone moulds were produced in the 1970s and were used for casting polyester resin and other materials. These early moulds were made by hand using a brush-on technique, which involved applying liquid silicone rubber to a model or a master mould.
In the 1980s, the use of silicone moulding expanded to include more complex and intricate parts, such as parts with undercuts and fine details. This was made possible by the development of new materials and moulding techniques, such as injection moulding and compression moulding.
Today, silicone moulding is used in a wide variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical, and consumer goods but has become most prevalent it the food industry.
The Benefits of silicone moulding in the food industry
One of the main advantages of silicone moulding in the food industry is that it allows for intricate and detailed designs, which can be difficult to achieve with traditional moulding materials such as metal or plastic. Silicone can be easily shaped and manipulated, allowing for precise details and textures in the finished product.
In addition, silicone moulds are easy to clean and maintain. They can be washed with soap and water, and are dishwasher safe. This makes them a hygienic option for food production, as they can be sterilised between uses.
Silicone is also a cost-effective material for moulding in the food sector. While the initial investment may be higher than other materials, such as metal or plastic, silicone moulds have a longer lifespan and require less maintenance in the long run. This can result in significant cost savings over time.
Overall, silicone moulding is a versatile and practical option for food production, offering benefits such as flexibility, durability, intricate design capabilities, easy maintenance, and cost-effectiveness.
The benefits of silicone bakeware
Silicone bakeware has become popular due to its many benefits.
One of the advantages of using silicone bakeware is that it is lightweight, making it easier to move, store, and use for the whole family. Additionally, silicone bakeware is not vulnerable to the effects of rapid temperature changes, so it can be used successfully in both hot and cold environments.
Another benefit of silicone bakeware is that it cools rapidly, which means that it will be cool to the touch when you remove it from the oven, allowing you to open cakes and muffins without risking burns on the bakeware heater.
Finally, cleaning silicone bakeware is simple, making it a convenient option for busy home cooks.
Why use SRM for FDA-approved rubber mouldings for the food industry
SRM have worked within the food manufacturing sector for over 40 years, and we stock a broad range of Silicones and other FDA-approved rubber compounds.
Our geographical location is ideal for the food industry, being located in the heart of the Midlands and surrounded by food manufacturers.
We have a wealth of experience and knowledge producing rubber moulded products for the food industry including:
- Silicone bakeware
- Chocolate, fudge and lolly moulds
- Baby food / ice trays
- Factory production line seals
- Rubber oven inserts
For more information about silicone moulding or to discuss your product requirements contact one of our experts today.