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Silicone Foam Control

Silicone foam control either acts to control or prevent foam from forming or can react with foam to help minimize it.

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    Silicones are especially effective in the use of foam control. Silicone antifoams are specialized chemical formulations designed to control and prevent the formation of foam or bubbles in various industrial processes and products. These antifoams are typically composed of silicone polymers, which are chemically inert and possess a unique ability to spread over the surface of foam bubbles, causing them to collapse or coalesce.

    Silicone foam control either acts to control or prevent foam from forming or can react with foam to help minimize it. Silicone foam control products come in a variety of forms from fluids, emulsions, and compounds to powders.

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    Univar Solutions offers a wide variety of silicone foam control products from world-leading silicone supplier Dow that are used to perform as processing aids, defoamers, foam preventers and deaeration in such industries as food & beverage processing, cleaning products, water treatment, metal & glass working, textile production, agriculture, and other chemical processing.

    Silicone antifoams work by disrupting the foam lamellae (thin liquid films that separate foam bubbles) and promoting the coalescence of bubbles, leading to the collapse of the foam structure. They are effective at low concentrations and offer several advantages, including thermal stability, resistance to degradation by microorganisms, and low toxicity.

    Silicone antifoams find widespread applications in various industries due to their excellent defoaming properties. In the fermentation industry, they are used to prevent excessive foaming in processes like alcohol production, antibiotics manufacturing, and enzyme production. The pulp and paper industry employs silicone antifoams to control foam formation during pulping and papermaking processes, improving operational efficiency and product quality.

    Water treatment facilities utilize silicone antifoams to control foaming in aeration tanks and clarifiers, enhancing the efficiency of treatment processes. Paints, coatings, and inks benefit from the addition of silicone antifoams, which prevent foam formation during manufacturing, handling, and application, ensuring consistent product quality and performance.

    Detergents and cleaning products often incorporate silicone antifoams to prevent excessive foaming, which can cause overflow and spillage during use. The petroleum industry relies on silicone antifoams in various refining processes, such as desalting, distillation, and catalytic cracking, to control foam formation and improve process efficiency.

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    Silicones offer critical advantages over organic antifoams which include:

    • Extended persistence - Silicones are less soluble so they suppress foam for longer periods of time compared to mineral oils which can dissipate quickly. This means greater efficiency and less frequent reapplication.
    • Lower cost-in-use - Silicones are effective at dosages 5-10 times lower than mineral oils, reducing amount needed for foam suppression leading to significant cost savings.
    • Stability – Silicones are more resistant to temperature fluctuations, pH changes, and chemical attacks. They outlast mineral oils for prolonged antifoaming.
    • Fewer compatibility issues - Silicones are less reactive so there are fewer formulation challenges. This makes them easier to work with.
    • Non-toxic and non-bio accumulative - Silicones are environmentally safe with no microbial biodegradability concerns.

    Overall, silicone antifoams play a crucial role in various industrial applications by effectively controlling and preventing foam formation, leading to improved process efficiency, product quality, and operational reliability. Our team of experts knows your business, understands the unique conditions that affect your industry, and is dedicated to answering your need for product and service excellence. Univar Solutions and Dow are a reliable partner for your silicone antifoam needs.

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    XIAMETER APW 4248, Technical Grade, Powder, Bag Bag Powder Dow Inc. 55.12 lbs --
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    DOWSIL 62 ADDITIVE, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 440.93 lbs --
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    DOWSIL™ 65 Additive - Technical Grade - 441 lb Drum Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 441.01 lbs --
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    DOWSIL™ 65 Additive - Technical Grade - 44 lb Pail Pail Liquid Dow Inc. 44.00 lbs --
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    DOWSIL 73 ADDITIVE, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 441.01 lbs --
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    DOWSIL 8590 ADDITIVE, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 440.93 lbs --
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    DOWSIL 8603 ADDITIVE, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 352.74 lbs --
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    DOWSIL 8603 ADDITIVE, Technical Grade, Liquid, Pail Pail Liquid Dow Inc. 37.48 lbs --
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    DOWSIL 8628 ADDITIVE, Technical Grade, Liquid, Pail Pail Liquid Dow Inc. 39.68 lbs --
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    DOWSIL™ ACP-2000 Antifoam Compound, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 418.88 lbs --
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    DOWSIL™ ACP-3000 Antifoam Compound, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 440.93 lbs --
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    DOWSIL ACP-3000, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC IBC Liquid Dow Inc. 2,204.62 lbs --
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    DOWSIL ACP-3056 ANTIFOAM COMPOUND, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 398.60 lbs --
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    DOWSIL ACP-3056, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC IBC Liquid Dow Inc. 2,204.62 lbs --
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    DOWSIL ACP-3073 ANTIFOAM COMPOUND, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 440.93 lbs --
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    DOWSIL ACP-3258, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC IBC Liquid Dow Inc. 2,204.62 lbs --
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    DOWSIL™ AF-8014 Antifoam, Technical Grade, Liquid, Drum Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 440.93 lbs --
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    DOWSIL AF-8014 ANTIFOAM, Technical Grade, Liquid, Pail Pail Liquid Dow Inc. 39.68 lbs --
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    DOWSIL™ ACP-3379 Antifoam Compound - Technical Grade Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 440.99 lbs --
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    DOWSIL™ ACP-3472 Antifoam Compound - Technical Grade Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 440.93 lbs --
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    DOWSIL™ AFE-3101 Antifoam Emulsion - Technical Grade Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 441.01 lbs --
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    XIAMETER AFE-2210, Technical Grade, Liquid, IBC IBC Liquid Dow Inc. 2,204.85 lbs --
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-0001 Antifoam Compound - Food Grade Pail Liquid Dow Inc. 44.09 lbs --
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-0001 Antifoam Compound - Food Grade Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 441.01 lbs --
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-0001 Antifoam Compound - Technical Grade Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 440.93 lbs $14.82 / LB $6,534.51 $6,534.51
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-0001 Antifoam Compound - Technical Grade Pail Liquid Dow Inc. 44.09 lbs --
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-0001 Antifoam Compound IBC Liquid Dow Inc. 2,204.62 lbs --
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-0544 Antifoam Compound - Technical Grade Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 441.01 lbs --
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-0544 Antifoam Compound - Technical Grade Pail Liquid Dow Inc. 44.09 lbs --
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-1000 Antifoam Compound - Technical Grade IBC Liquid Dow Inc. 2,204.62 lbs $17.56 / LB $38,713.38 $38,713.38
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-1000 Antifoam Compound - Technical Grade Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 440.93 lbs $21.07 / LB $9,290.29 $9,290.29
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-1400 Antifoam Compound - Technical Grade Pail Liquid Dow Inc. 44.09 lbs $38.97 / LB $1,718.28 $1,718.28
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-1400 Antifoam Compound - Technical Grade Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 440.93 lbs $10.60 / LB $4,673.80 $4,673.80
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-1500 Antifoam Compound - Food Grade Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 441.01 lbs $11.25 / LB $4,961.39 $4,961.39
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    $4,961.39 / DR
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-1500 Antifoam Compound - Food Grade Pail Liquid Dow Inc. 44.09 lbs $25.66 / LB $1,131.41 $1,131.41
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    $1,131.41 / PL
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-1920 Powdered Antifoam - Food Grade, Kosher Drum Powder Dow Inc. 139.99 lbs $18.25 / LB $2,554.88 $2,554.88
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    $2,554.88 / DR
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-1920 Powdered Antifoam - Food Grade, Kosher Pail Powder Dow Inc. 24.91 lbs --
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-3183 Antifoam Compound - Technical Grade Pail Liquid Dow Inc. 44.00 lbs --
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    XIAMETER™ ACP-3183 Antifoam Compound - Technical Grade Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 441.01 lbs $10.71 / LB $4,723.24 $4,723.24
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    $4,723.24 / DR
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    XIAMETER™ AFE-0010 Antifoam Emulsion Food Grade - Food Grade Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 440.93 lbs $3.30 / LB $1,455.05 $1,455.05
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    $1,455.05 / DR
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    XIAMETER™ AFE-0010 Antifoam Emulsion Food Grade - Food Grade, Kosher Pail Liquid Dow Inc. 44.09 lbs $13.45 / LB $593.04 $593.04
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    $593.04 / PL
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    XIAMETER™ AFE-0010 Antifoam Emulsion Food Grade - Food Grade, Kosher IBC Liquid Dow Inc. 2,204.62 lbs --
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    XIAMETER™ AFE-0050 Antifoam Emulsion - Technical Grade Drum Liquid Dow Inc. 441.01 lbs $9.38 / LB $4,136.70 $4,136.70
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    $4,136.70 / DR
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