Robert McKeown Company, Inc., is proud to be a distributor for a wide range of Dow products. A global leader in cutting-edge silicone technologies since 1943, Midland, Michigan based Dow has produced thousands of products over the years, from adhesives and sealants to lubricants and coatings, offered under brands including Molykote, Sylgard, Xiameter, Elastoplastic and Dow.
In 2016, the Dow Chemical Company announced the successful completion of the transaction to restructure the ownership of Dow. Dow Chemical Company is the owner of Dow’s silicones business, which is now known as Dow. As this integration moves forward these changes will be reflected on product packaging.
Through their innovative research and development initiatives, Dow has become a recognized worldwide leader in silicone technologies for a range of industries, including consumer products, defense, lighting, transportation, solar, electronics, automotive, general industry, power, and aerospace.
Dow silicone sealants offer a number of advantages over organic polymer sealants; tough, durable, and versatile, silicone-based sealants can provide reliable adhesion to an array of industrial materials, including wood, glass, ceramics, and painted surfaces, as well as most metals and plastics. Once applied, they remain stable over a wide temperature range, from -70 to 350°F (-56 to 177°C) for most products, with some specialty items capable of withstanding heat up to and exceeding 500°F (260°C).
These sealants are also resilient against the elements. Even when exposed to extreme weather conditions, ultraviolet rays, and radiation, Dow products will not crack, crumble, or become brittle, nor will they degrade under exposure to most chemicals and atmospheric pollutants.
These versatile sealants can be used in a variety of electronic applications, such as thermal cycling, and are resistant to burning in fire conditions. Silicone sealants can provide protection for more than three times as long as organic materials can, with proven advantages in many different industries and applications. And for customized solutions, Dow’s Color It Right program provides customers with a range of color options for silicone sealants, allowing for unlimited design possibilities.
Working in collaboration with Dow, the team at Robert McKeown is able to provide a variety of sealant solutions to fit your specific needs. Room-temperature vulcanizing sealants, or RTV sealants, based on a moisture cure system, provide excellent adhesion to glass, organic fibers, and metal while remaining water- and chemical-resistant, as well as temperature-stable.
Alternatively, heat cure sealants require less cure time than RTV sealants, while hot-melt silicone sealants offer instant green strength and are ideal for automated assembly operations. Our one-part material options use external factors such as moisture, heat, or UV light to perform the curing process, while our two-part material options may involve more complex processes for application but allow for longer shelf life, high-speed curing, and more flexibility with working and cure times. As a final example, we also sell silicone foams, which are used to create reliable environmental seals against dust, water, and moisture; these serve as cost-effective alternatives to foam tapes or preformed gaskets.
A proud partner of Dow, the team at Robert McKeown will work closely with you to find the right solution for your application, and can assist in developing a new product design to meet specific needs. Since 1937, we’ve been supplying high-quality, high-performance products to a wide range of industries. Specializing in electronic sealant solutions, we maintain bulk inventory and next-day product availability, and our expert team of staff engineers is always on hand to assist clients with material choices.
For more information on Dow products and how they can help with your next project, contact us today.