What are the Silicone Oils?
Silicone oils are polymers obtained by the bonding of silicon and oxygen atoms from siloxane groups by repeating the main chain. By adding various reactive groups to the silicon atoms in the polymer chain, different effects can be obtained from silicone oils and therefore have wide usage areas.
Applications of Silicone Oils in the Textile Industry?
In the textile industry, effects such as lubricity, silkiness and softness are achieved with silicone oils. Latro continues to work meticulously with its R&D center to offer you the most accurate and sustainable solutions to your needs.
What are the types of silicone oils?
Amino Functional Silicone Oils
Silicone oils obtained by functionalizing the silicones in the polymer main chain with amino groups have low surface energy due to their hydrophobic and oleophilic properties. While providing lubricity to the surfaces with the molecular weight, they increase penetration and softness due to the attachment of amino functional groups to the surface. The amine amounts, viscosities and molecular weights of silicone oils allow emulsions of amino-functional silicone oils to have different effects. Amino functional silicone oils are used in the textile finishing process to obtain soft touch and lubricity. Latro offers you solutions with our amino silicone oils with different amine values, molecular sizes and different polymer structures.
Next Generation Linear (AB)n Silicone Copolymers
New generation (AB)n block silicone copolymers have the properties exhibited by both amino or quaternized functional groups and polyethers due to their polymeric structures. It can be easily diluted and emulsified thanks to its water dispersibility properties, and with low amounts of use, softness, slipperiness and smoothness are obtained in synthetic (polyester, nylon, polyamide), synthetic-cotton mixed fabrics and fibers. In addition, since they have high shear and electrolyte stability, they do not cause problems when used in jet machines. Latro's new generation silicone oils give the fabric excellent touch and lubricity, without compromising the fastness values even at high temperatures.
Hydrophilic Silicone Oils
Hydrophilic silicone oils are silicone oils that show hydrophilic properties by modifying the polymer chain with functional groups such as epoxy and polyether. These oils can be easily emulsified and applied to textiles in any ratio. Thanks to their shear and electrolyte stability, they do not exhibit any stability problems after dilution or in the application of emulsions in finishing processes, even under harsh conditions. We offer you our innovative products that not only increase the hydrophilicity but also improve softness to the fabric applications in towel, wool or knitted fabrics.
Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is a traditional silicone oil that is formed by the polymerization of siloxanes with two methyl groups and they are widely used in many industries. Its properties such as lubricity and adhesion change depending on its viscosity and chain length. PDMS macro emulsions are used as lubricants in textile spin finish processes. Latro offers solutions with PDMS silicone oils with different molecular weights.
Polyether Silicone Oils
They are generally self-emulsified polymers since having an EO end cap. Block polyether silicone oils can be had through a reaction between amino-terminated polyether and epoxy-terminated polyether silicones. A silicone emulsion and a blocking polyether silicone oil are jointly used to treat cotton knit, towel, and woven. It enhances hydrophilicity by preserving the existing touch. Latro provides technical support to you with our long molecular chain polyether silicone oils, which you can improve your hydrophilicity with our existing silicone emulsion recipes without changing softening effect.