- Industrial Sand
- Silicosis Prevention
Industrial minerals and specifically silica are the bedrock of chemical productions. Thousands of everyday products are made from silicon-based chemicals called polysiloxanes such as sodium silicate, silicon tetrachloride, and silicone gels. These chemicals are used in products like household and industrial cleaners, play a part in the manufacture of fiber optics and are used to remove impurities from cooking oil and brewed beverages. This wide range of uses spreads from the aforementioned food processing to even soap and dye production.
Silica provides an excellent chemical base for these materials as it is inert, heat resistant, and can be easily converted into a rubber-like substance by adding atoms of oxygen and carbon. Through this process, silica becomes a sealant, an adhesive, or a lubricant. For it to become adequate to process food, Silica (SiO2) is reduced to silicon metal by coke in an arc furnace, to produce the Si precursor of the other chemical processes. The chemical process and production is dependent on the use of industrial sand. As with other industries' use of industrial sand, the importance of silica as a component of chemicals is in the variety of applications.