Silicone elastomers are widely used in the medical device industry. The remarkable physical properties of silicone — durable, flexible, low cost, structural versatility, resistance to bacterial growth, low extractables and easy sterilization — make it a desirable choice for medical-grade tubing and components. But mating silicone parts together can be problematic. Silicone lacks rigidity and it will not generally expand or stretch without assistance. Also, silicone has a tacky surface (a “high coefficient of friction”) so sliding silicone tubing onto a fitting is difficult. But at MicroCare, a new chemical formulation allows companies to use silicone tubing quickly and easily.