Robots are no longer the wave of the future. The wave is here. As electronic technology has vastly improved the capabilities of robotics over the past several years, their development has flourished. While many of the duties carried out by today’s robots are tasks that are too dangerous for people, they also have the ability to go places that humans simply can’t go. Silicone rubber components are used in a wide range of robotic inventions due to their versatility. They can endure harsh weather conditions and can take the form of various shapes and sizes. As a result, they’re ideal for military operations, emergency search and rescue, and scientific observations. Liquid silicone injection molding plays a major role in robotic development, offering physical protection and improved aesthetics for greater durability and marketability.
Very small robots can go places that people simply can’t go. From the size of a spider for scientific observations in the great outdoors to large drones flying over the expanse of oceans, robotics fill many roles. They can survive in hostile military territories to perform tasks or gather industrial data. Silicone rubber molding pairs well, covering small parts in the form of tubing or skin to help boost functionality and durability.
When humans are in danger from poisonous gases and smoke or dust in inhospitable environments, robots are sent in for military recon or public safety search and rescue. Silicone rubber is used for connective parts and protective skin to improve the capabilities of state-of-the art technology. When special coatings are applied to these rubber parts, they become resistant to abrasion and certain chemicals. Another type of coating enables adhesive attachment to certain materials that is otherwise difficult to implement.
Some technology takes liquid silicone injection molding one step further. Flying, climbing and digging robots, for example, are often maneuvered by remote control. Custom rubber keypads can control distinct changes in direction, altitude and speed to make the robotic possibilities nearly endless.
Among the most well-known robots already in use is in aerospace technology. From crawling robots on Mars to working arms on shuttles and space stations, robotic inventions make space exploration more exciting. Silicone injection molding components are resistant to atmospheric conditions in space and can be manufactured to meet very exact specifications.
As the use of robotics in a multitude of industries continues to grow, the need for special components made from silicone rubber also continues to grow. To learn more about how SiTECH can work with your company to manufacture custom rubber keypads and components, visit our home page at www.sitech-corp.com.