are too high for
continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastic plates offer an
excellent alternative. Thanks to the continuous fibre reinforcement,
usually a woven fabric of glass or carbon
fibers, they have mechanical properties otherwise
achieved only by metallic materials. At the same time,
they are significantly lighter than most metal-based alternatives.
Through the use of thermoplastic matrix materials, the
plates nevertheless have the same advantages as unreinforced
plates made from thermoplastic materials: high
impact strength, constant properties over a broad temperature
range, chemical resistance and high elongation
at break. For some applications, the intrinsic vibration
damping of the matrix can also be an advantage.
Plates made from continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastics
can be processed into finished parts of outstanding
quality with minimal tolerances. Alongside
water jet cutting, conventional processing methods are
also suitable – assuming suitable facilities and processing
Ensinger has widened its portfolio of composite plates
to include three new materials: TECATEC PPS CW50,
TECATEC PEI GW50 and TECATEC PC CW50. TECATEC
PPS CW50 black (PPS CFK – Polyphenylene sulfide, carbon
fibre-reinforced) offers excellent high-temperature
resistance, has very good chemical resistance and dimensional
stability over a broad temperature and humidity
range and its carbon fibre reinforcement increases stiffness
and strength. Their TECATEC PEI GW50 natural
(PEI GFK – Polyetherimide, glass fibre-reinforced) offers
high continuous service temperature (170°C), good electrical
insulation, is fire, smoke and toxicity retardant
(FST) and its glass fibre reinforcement increases the mechanical
properties while keeping costs down. And
TECATEC PC CW50 black (PC CFK - Polycarbonate, carbon
fibre-reinforced) offers outstanding appearance
thanks to crystal-clear, transparent matrix, high impact
toughness and its carbon fibre reinforcement increases
stiffness and strength.
Ensinger produces the thermoplastic composite plates
to customer-specific requirements, with maximum dimensions
of 525 x 625 mm. The manufacturer is also flexible
when it comes to the plate thickness: in the range
0.5 to 95 mm, any thickness is possible.
For more information, contact Dan Cedrone, Ensinger,
365 Meadowlands Blvd., Washington, PA 15301, 800-243-
3221/856-227-0500, Fax: 724-746-9209, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.ensingerplastics.com.
Thermoset & Thermoplastic
With nearly 30
in working with thermoplastic
Polymics has established
itself as a leader
in fulfilling its “Concept
to Solution” mission.
Polymics identifies its customers specific application requirements.
Then provides the most cost-effective solution
which meets or exceeds all critical performance criteria.
PBI (Polybenzimidazole), also known as Celazole® from
its HC days, offers the highest overall performance of
any engineering polymer. With CUT/CST values of 800°F
it is unmatched in its thermal, strength, stiffness, wear,
and plasma resistance. Only 3 companies worldwide are
approved to process it with Polymics being the only one
to supply resin, compounds, shapes and even parts.
Polymics is licensed to provide the greatest breadth of
product offering through compression molding, extrusion
and injection molding. The value proposition at
Polymics is further substantiated with its extensive offering
of grades and sizes to maximize performance and
yield. Polymics offers both “U” and “T” series PBI shapes
and parts as well as grades in our Arlymax and Statimax
product lines. Statimax itself encompasses a complete
portfolio of application specific products in sensitive electrical
Polymics is bringing new products as well as expanding
its existing product lines. A snapshot of these includes:
PP-HP, a high temperature polypropylene increasing
thermal resistance to excellent chemical resistance; an
improved polyimide offering competitive in properties
and cost; higher temperature polyketones; and expansion
of their wear enhanced polymer offerings into bearing
and bushing stock.
Polymics is an ISO-9001 company whose attributes include;
material development; polymer formulations;
patented HT polyketones; custom compounds; part design;
tool design; polymer conversion; prototyping; fabrication;
assembly; and testing.
For more information, contact Peter Foss, Polymics,
Inc., 2215 High Tech Rd., State College, PA 16803, 978-500-6355, Fax: 814-357-5863, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.polymics.com.
Architectural & Signage
Alutec® is a
to a low-density
polyethylene core with a fire-retardant (FR) material.
PVDF-Kynar paint gives the material a color life of up to
20 years, exposed to ultraviolet rays. The material is certified
by ASTM E84 and NFPA 285 standards and used to
construct houses, shopping centers, educational facilities,
and hospitals. The company has three brands with an
array of line colors – Alutec and Alucomex® for the architectural
market and other finishes, and Alusign® for
signage and other printed applications.
With 11 color choices on durable, moldable material,
Alutec has an aluminum thickness of 0. 5 mm and a total
thickness of 4 mm. Alucomex has an aluminum thickness
of 0.35 mm and a total thickness of 4 mm. It is available
in 30 colors and several textures such as wood, surprising
mirror colors, electrifying sparkling colors, and marble.
Alusign has an aluminum thickness of 0.15 and 0.20 mm
and a total thickness of 3 mm. It is available in four different
colors for use in signage and printed art pieces or
applications such as large format advertisements, digital
printing, screen printing, displays, and volume shapes.
For more information, contact Brian Olson, The Tandem
Group, 6056 Churchwood, Greendale, WI 53129,
414-899-4771, E-mail: email@example.com, Web:
Since 1980, Accurate Plastics,
Inc. has provided NEMA LI-1
and MIL-I-24768 certified Acculam
® thermoset composites in
sheet, tube, rod, and other forms.
Thermoset plastics are historically
significant and still innovating
today. They are unique
composites of cross-linking
resins with reinforcing materials
that are permanently cured by
heat and pressure. Once cured,
they become very rigid, durable
and maintain physical properties
in hot conditions better
than thermoplastics. This plastic
was pioneered in the early 20th century and found many uses in the electronics
industry in the mid-20th century and spawned additional grades
during the industrial revolution. Typically referred to as Grades G10, G11,
G9, G5, G7, G3, FR4, FR5, CE, LE and XX. Today they continue to expand
in electronics, aerospace, gaskets, heavy equipment, medical equipment,
magnetics, energy and other applications. Recently released Acculam
Carbon Fiber Laminates are a proprietary value-engineered product line
providing all the high-performance of traditional Carbon Fiber at significantly
competitive prices. They are available in sheets and tubes.
These composites may be combined with other components such as
metals, etc., to develop unique properties that allow flexibility in the design
of devices. Where high mechanical strength and resistance to heat
or electricity are necessary, thermoset composites allow designers a flexible,
durable, lightweight option for replacing thermoplastics, metals and
other high weight components.
For more information, contact Sales, Accurate Plastics, Inc., 914-476-0700, Fax: 914-476-0533, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.acculam.com.
Thermoset Shapes & Fabrication
The Atlas Fibre Company is a
North American supplier of thermoset/
laminate sheet, rod and tube.
They supply the following materials:
G-10, G-11, FR4, G-9, G-7, G-5, G-3,
and paper, linen and canvas phenolic.
All Atlas Fibre materials meet/exceed
NEMA and Mil-Spec standards. They
can cut to tight tolerances, precision
sand materials up to 2.00” thick and
fabricate all of these materials.
For more information, contact Mark Mush, Atlas Fibre Company, 3411
Woodhead Dr., Northbrook, IL 60062, 800-323-1408, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.atlasfibre.com or www.atlasfibremachining.com.
Haysite offers a
range of products
to meet all your
needs. Whether it is
GPO -1, 2, or 3,
Haysite’s Fiber glass
Sheets provide theircustomers
when faced with critical material requirements.
Typical applications include: general purpose electrical
insulation, transformer spacers and supports, transportation
components, high voltage appliance insulators, bus
bar supports and barriers in switchgear. Their H900 series
is recognized as a top performer in the electrical industry.
Haysite offers a variety of grades to meet required
specifications in high temperature applications. Their
products retain their desired electrical properties without
adverse affects to product strength and stability at elevated
temperatures. Typical applications include: layer
and core insulation for dry type transformers, motor slot
wedges, washers, brush plates and terminal boards.
Their HST-II is a benchmark for high temperature FRP
materials. Their product offering includes standard and
custom materials, which exhibit substantial resistance to
cold flow or creep under heat and pressure. In addition,
they have over 25 different grades in a wide range of
sheet sizes and thicknesses, for corrosion resistant, flexible,
and magnetic applications.
For more information, contact Thomas Gardner,
Haysite Reinforced Plastics, 5599 New Perry Highway,
Erie PA 16509, 814-868-3691, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.haysite.com.
Norplex-Micarta is a leading manufacturer of high
performance thermoset composite materials based
on impregnation and lamination technology. Norplex-Micarta manufactures the highest quality specialty sheet
products, pre-pregs, rods, molded shapes, and tubes to
meet demanding applications for OEMs and fabricators
around the world.
Utilizing epoxy, phenolic, melamine, and silicone resin
systems on nearly limitless different reinforcements, Norplex-Micarta offers composite material solutions to designers
worldwide. Working collaboratively with designers
to identify material and process options, and then establish
a design validation and verification plan. All of this is
done with economics
from the start,
with a company
thermoset composite materials consistently, economically,
and at scale.
For more information, contact Norplex-Micarta, 665
Lybrand Street, Postville, IA 52162, 563-864-7328, Fax:
563-864-4231, E-mail: email@example.com, Web:
Laminates for PCBs
clad laminates or
laminates that are
ideal for printed
circuit boards and
U.S., they specialize
in custom thickness, coppers and colored applications
for short runs, prototypes and production runs.
Their FR4 copper clad laminates are a fire rated electrical
grade, dielectric fiberglass material created under high
pressure with electro deposited HTE (high-temperature
elongated) copper laminated on to the FR4 substrate. It
is commonly used for printed circuit boards (PCB).
Colored FR4 is available in black, blue and yellow, as well
as natural. Their black copper clad laminates and electrical
grade laminates are used for PCBs with light blocking capabilities
for LEDs, night vision and aerospace applications.
Colored FR4 is available in a solid color throughout
and a 50% natural and 50% color configuration.
All of Current’s FR4 is manufactured in multi-tetra and
di-functional epoxies. They also manufacture high-temperature
copper clad laminates in FR5 with the same
functionality, but exhibiting better flexible strength at elevated
For more information, contact Mark Doheny, Current,
Inc., 30 Tyler Street, East Haven, CT 06512, 877-436-
6542/203-469-1337, Fax: 203-467-8435, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www. currentcomposites.com.