Testing is central to high quality, compliant and robust manufacturing solutions. At Romar, we employ elastomers and silicone testing at multiple stages prior to manufacture. We test various material properties to ensure consistency, that the material is fit for purpose and that it meets all regulatory standards for sectors including medical, mining, defence and aerospace manufacturing.
With expertise across areas including elastomers, silicone, medical device manufacturing, medical grade silicone and additive manufacturing, the Romar Engineering team understands materials implicitly. Manufacturing materials expertise is perhaps one of the lesser known aspects of manufacturing – but it is critical for exceptional and innovative manufacturing solutions.
With over 40 years’ experience, Romar Engineering is the leader in bespoke silicone solutions. Our broad silicone expertise includes medical grade silicone, silicone molding and fluorosilicone – which has particular benefits for the aerospace and industrial industries. To understand whether it’s the best option for your project, it’s important to understand its material characteristics.
A core part of our capability across elastomers, silicone, precision moulding, medical device manufacturing and additive manufacturing, is expansive materials expertise, which is central to robust manufacturing solutions. At Romar, we commonly work with nitrile rubber, and here we explain its benefits, best uses and common manufacturing applications across diverse sectors.
Elastomers are highly specialised materials – that are surprisingly pervasive. As a global leader in elastomers, Romar Engineering excels in creating elastomeric solutions for the medical, aerospace, automative, mining and industrial sectors. Practical applications are extensive… so much so that you will frequently find elastomers in objects that we use daily. Elastomers are the elite of soft materials… and they are all around us.
The native element of Silicon has been used since the stone age, initially to create tools for protection. Silicone rubber is a modern category of elastomer (a rubber-like material). The mid 20th century saw chemists start to develop and use silicone rubber for commercial purposes. Today we use silicone rubber for many things in everyday life and it has diverse industrial applications.
During February 2019, Romar Engineering materials engineer 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, and two were involved in the creation of liquid silicone rubber.
Romar’s engineers consider multiple factors in material selection. Fluctuating prices in manufacturing materials arise not just by the choice of material, however. There are several aspects that might affect manufacturing material costs including the need to meet industry regulations and standards, plus the impact of global markets on raw material availability and shipping.
As a contract manufacturer, Romar Engineering has been manufacturing components for satellites with excellent results. Our knowledge of the space sector, combined with our investment in advanced manufacturing, has enabled us to expand our offering, including fluid and motion control valves, propulsion components and fuel tanks.
The future of scalable manufacturing. Manufacturing has always been a critical pillar of any country’s economy, and Australia is no different. Manufacturing is evolving rapidly, and the future lies in scalable, technologically advanced solutions that cater to emerging markets.