High Performance Plastics
where the mechanical
too high for
shapes, continuous fibre—
reinforced thermoplastic plates offer an excellent
alternative. Thanks to the continuous fibre reinforcement,
usually a woven fabric of glass or carbon fibres,
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
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.
The new composite plates have densities between 1.5
and 1.8 g/cm@, giving them a similar specific weight to
unreinforced or short fibre-reinforced plates. The reinforcing
fibres increase their mechanical properties dramatically
to a level similar to metal. Compared with unreinforced
polymer plates, continuous fibre-reinforced
plates achieve values that are 5 times higher for both tensile
strength and Young’s modulus.
Continuous fibre-reinforced thermoplastics exhibit extremely
low coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE) in a
range around 5x10-6 K-1. This property is of great importance
for applications in which the parts are subjected
to temperature fluctuations over a broad range and
where high precision is required.
The thermoplastic matrix gives the plates high impact
toughness, with the value significantly higher than in
plates with a thermoset matrix such as epoxy or phenolic
resins. The high elongation at break of the thermoplastics
ensures tough, non-brittle fracture behaviour. For some
applications, the intrinsic vibration damping of the matrix
can also be a relevant advantage.
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 Larry DiSano, Ensinger,
365 Meadowlands Blvd., Washington, PA 15301, 800-243-3221/856-227-0500, Fax: 724-746-9209, E-mail: Idisano@ensinger-ind.com, Web: www.ensingerplastics.com.
Sheets, Slabs & Massive
over 20 product brands for a wide variety of applications.
Their high-performance polymers help the food processing
and packaging industry see improved efficiency and
performance. Machine parts made with their King Plastic
polymer sheets operate clean without contamination,
lubricants, rust or corrosion. The material is easy to
clean and resistant to harsh chemicals. Applications include:
wear guides, chutes, star wheels, machine parts,
Featured high performance plastics include: King Star-
Board® ST – a polymer building sheet that lasts a lifetime;
King ColorBoard® - a colorful environmentally
stabilized polymer sheet; King ColorCore® - a multi-color
engravable polymer sheet; and King Hy-Pact® – a super
tough industrial polymer sheet
For more information, contact Michael Fabbri, King
Plastic Corporation, 1100 N. Toledo Blade Blvd., North
Port, FL 34288, 941-493-5502, Fax: 941-497-3274, Email:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.kingplastic.com.
Plastics is a
plastics shapes for machined parts. For over 40 years,
Pomalux®, Absylux®, Zelux® and Propylux® have set a
standard for machine grade polymers in the machin -
ing/fabrication industry. What differentiates
Westlake Plastics from their
competitors’ extruded sheet is their
unique compression molding process.
Compression molding provides bestin-
class dimensional stability due to
their proprietary isotropic stress relieving
process. Compression molding
provides an engineering plastic sheet
that stays flat and resists warping
during machining processes. Extruded
plastic sheet does not machine
the same as compression molded
sheet. Extruded plastic sheet could
warp or twist when machining material
off one side of the sheet or machining
large, pocketed areas…
causing your machine shop customers
higher scrap rates, lost machine
time, additional raw material
costs and big headaches for you because
of complaints and returns.
You might expect to pay more for
Westlake Plastics’ compression
molded plastic sheet but improvements
in their process have allowed
them to offer their products at a more
competitive price, providing their customers
access to a premium machinegrade
plastic sheet at extrusion-grade
For more information, contact Jason Ross, Westlake
Plastics Company, 490 Lenni Rd., Lenni, PA 19052, 800-999-1700/610-459-1000, Fax: 610-459-1084, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.westlakeplastics.com.
is a premier
manufacturer of extruded
and high- performance
shapes for machined
focuses on products like ULTEM™, Kynar®, PEEK and
PPS but specializes in providing best-in-class quality, innovation,
and service across a wide range of polymers.
High-performance polymers offer outstanding elevated
thermal resistance, high strength and stiffness, and
broad UV and chemical resistance. They are used in a variety
of applications where resistance to high heat, certain
solvents and chemicals, flame, and degradation due
to UV are paramount.
Together with ease of machining and excellent dimensional
stability during secondary fabrication, high performance
polymers like PEEK, PPS, PEI and PVDF are
ideal for use in many critical applications by offering engineers
exceptional flexibility and freedom in product development
In order to ensure the highest quality and customer
satisfaction, Quantum manufactures stock shapes using
100% virgin resins purchased directly from resin suppliers
like SABIC Innovative Plastics, SOLVAY, EVONIK and
ARKEMA. Furthermore, all Quantum products are hot
air annealed for dimensional stability, pass a rigorous ISO
inspection program and have full lot and batch traceability.
Quantum currently stocks unfilled and glass filled
high performance stock shapes with low minimums and
reasonable lead times from 3/8”to 12” diameter rods, and
plates from 3/8” to 6” thick.
For more information, contact Nicole DiMenco, Quantum
Polymers Corporation, 211 Executive Dr., Ste. 1,
Newark, DE 19702, 877-737-7012, Fax: 302-737-7035,
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.quantum-polymers.com.
Films, Tapes & Custom
polymer films, PTFE coated fabrics, silicone rubber sheeting
and belting. They specialize in PTFE products made
with Teflon™ fluoroplastics, Kapton®, PEEK, Mylar®,
FEP, Ultem® and many other performance plastics that
meet specifications of every industry. They also have a
fully equipped warehouse with converting machinery to
meet specific slit widths, specialty die cut parts, adhesive
lamination, and high-speed automated sheeting.
Their plastic film inventory covers performance characteristics
ranging from abrasion resistance, chemical resistance,
and high heat resistance. They supply a variety
of different thicknesses and most of their films are sold
by the linear foot which is great for R&D prototype applications.
Common films they stock are Kapton HN,
nylon, FEP/PFA, PEEK, Mylar Type A, UHMW, Ultem
PEI, and several others.
They supply a variety of PSA performance tapes with
different adhesive systems to better fit your application.
Adhesives include acrylic – for high tact adhesion, silicone
- for clean release and high temperature, and rubber
- for cost effective applications. Their catalogue is composed
of high temperature masking tapes, skived PTFE
tapes for wrapping applications, 3M™ transfer adhesives,
PTFE coated fiberglass tapes for release liners, and a variety
of custom film tapes that are produced from stock
performance polymer films.
For more information, contact Sales, CS Hyde Company,
1351 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa, IL 60046, 800-461-4161/847-395-0325, Fax: 847-395-0334, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.cshyde.com.
Polyimide Shapes & Liquid
R. Blaine Industries
availability of its
shapes, parts and
rod has been
added, with sizes
as small as .060”
available. Incremental diameters are also available to reduce
the need to turn down from larger diameters. Other
additions to the line include 300mm square sheet stock,
and many OD/ID tube and bushing stock sizes.
VTEC creates new revenue opportunities, and offers
distributors and fabricators a quality alternative to
Vespel®, Meldin®, Plavis®, and other polyimides (PI).
RBI's unique new VTEC economy grade (EG) materials
bring down the high cost of traditional polyimides while
providing unparalleled reliability comparable to other
high performance materials.
Hybrid VTEC polymer materials are available with
many fillers and modifications including carbon,
graphite, glass, PTFE, fibers, and minerals to exactly
match application requirements to replace metals,
and upgrade many other polymers which are underperforming.
VTEC is a virtually indestructible polymer that overcomes
many of the limitations of traditional high performance
plastic materials. VTEC is not sensitive to
moisture and steam, which makes it ideal for oil patch
applications. Also, VTEC EG does not have a low Tg problem
in high temperature applications. And, VTEC EG is
ideal for any type of bearing and wear application to
VTEC Polyimide is also available in liquid form for applications
where a polyimide coating or film is desired. It is
typically applied and then thermal cured into a thin film or
coating layer. Applications include cast films (including
ESD); thin wall tubing; glass coating (to reduce breakage);
metal coating (to create a high temp wear surface or to
make metal non-conductive); semiconductor and microelectronic
stress buffers or passivation layers; high temp adhesives;
optical fiber and capillary coatings; R&D projects; wire
enamels, etc. VTEC Polyimide liquid adds a new dimension
to a distributors’ overall offering of advanced polymers.
RBI's VTEC line of polyimide and hybrid materials also
includes directformed parts and machined parts, in addition
to stock shapes (sheet, rod, tube). RBI also produces
near-net custom shapes that save machining time
as well as material cost. Medical implant grades of VTEC
in liquid and solid from are also available and solving
next generation application challenges.
For more information, contact Mark McDevitt, R.
Blaine Industries, 1517 Hill Rd., Ste 5F, Reading, PA
19602, 610-236-1445, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web:
High Performance Profiles
Tech., Inc. is
an extruder of
materials such as
transparent amorphous nylon 12 and nylons 6 & 12.
Extruded Solef PVDF material is an FDA grade resin
with high temperature resistance and good chemical resistance,
available in a wide variety of stock in custom
sizes, which can be produced according to customer
specifications. This material is natural in color and is
Evonik Trogamid T-5000 nylon is a transparent, rigid
nylon, with a clear, amber colored tint. It can be extruded
in a variety of tubes, round, square, or rectangular, as
needed. It offers good chemical resistance, high mechanical
stability and good electrical properties. It is transparent
unlike most opaque nylon grades.
Petro also extrudes nylon 6 & 12. Nylon 6 offers good
heat resistance, along with good chemical resistance, and
toughness. It is available in tubing or profile shapes, and
is available in a variety of stock profile shapes. Nylon 6
is available in both FDA and heat-stabilized grades. Standard
nylon 6 can vary in color from white translucent to
a beige opaque color.
Nylon12 has even higher heat resistance then nylon 6,
and is available in FDA grades, as well as flexible grades,
and heat stabilized grades. Nylon 12 has better hydrolytic
stability and has a white/translucent color.
For more information, contact Mike Patterson, Petro
Extrusion Technologies, Inc., 205B Hallock Ave., Middlesex,
NJ 08846, 800-229-3338/908-789-3338, Fax: 908-789-0434, E-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.petroextrusions.com.
High Performance with
SUSTANAT PC (polycarbonate
is ideally suited for applications
that demand high impact
strength. It is an
material that exhibits good
electrical and mechanical
properties along with excellent
It has a continuous use
temperature of 250°F to -
20°F, exceptional toughness,
transparency, is easy to machine
to close tolerances,
strength, it is intrinsicly flame retardant, has good electrical
insulation and high mechanical retention at elevated
temperatures. These are just a few features that
make it an ideal solution for applications such as electrical
connectors, instrument covers, dialysis equipment
parts, insulators and many other components.
When visibility is necessary SUSTANAT PC can be polished
to allow sight in and around the component.
Röchling offers SUSTANAT PC in sheet and rod stock
shapes. Rods range from .250" dia. up to 6" dia. in 10
foot length and sheets range from .625" gauge up to 4"
in 24" x 48".
For more information, contact Sean Helms, Röchling
Engineering Plastics, P.O. Box 2729, Gastonia, NC 28053,
704-884-3501, Fax: 704-922-7651, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.roechling-plastics.us.
HP Polymers & Compounds
LTD. is a
engineering and innovative polymer processing. With
over 20 years’ experience Polymics holds several patents
and is differentiated by its approach to creating and developing
application-specific product solutions through
patented technology of new higher temperature polymers,
compound and alloy systems to 800° F; vertical integration
capabilities including polymer production,
compounding, processing and testing to augment unmatched
design services and partnerships engaging their
customers with a "concept to solution®" focus.
They offer high-performance compounds for extreme
applications and unsurpassed expertise in design development
and processing of PEEK, PEK, PEKK, PAEK,
PEEKK, PPS, PEI, PBI, PI and other specialty polymers.
Their products are well suited to applications in aerospace
and transportation, medical devices, analytical instrumentation,
electronics and semiconductor, energy
and alternative energy, defense, food and pharmaceutical
and industrial and materials handling.
They have vertically integrated production capabilities
encompassing: synthesis and polymerization; compounding
(50 to 50,000 lbs.); processing including compression
molding, injection molding, extrusion and
centrifugal molding; color matching; material analysis;
ASTM testing and certification utilizing ISO-based quality
systems with conformance.
Polymics has established a roll in development and
production of polymers used in the most demanding environments
with economical solutions utilizing high performance
materials, compounds and alloys to improve
performance at a lower delivered cost. Polymics extensive
investment in tooling allows them to competitively offer
specialty products in film, sheet, slab, rod and tube with
reductions in material cost, machining
time and material stresses.
For more information, contact Peter Foss, Polymics®,
LTD., 2215 High Tech Road, State College, PA 16803, 814-357-5860, Fax: 814-357-5863, E-mail: info@ polymics.com,
Web: www. polymics.com.
For more information, contact Peter Foss, Polymics®,
LTD., 2215 High Tech Road, State College, PA 16803, 814-357-5860, Fax: 814-357-5863, E-mail: info@ polymics.com,
Web: www. polymics.com.
Profiles, Shapes & Tubes
The Spiratex Co. is a custom extrusion
service company that specializes in
extruding custom profiles, shapes and
tubes in UHMW/PE and poly -
urethane as well as other materials
to tight tolerances.
The picture is actually
of three different
extrusions of black
UHMW snapped together
to make a tray, a lid, and compartments to keep the items
in the three trays from getting mixed and tangled up.
Their extrusion expertise allows for the snap-fit of the lid
to fit snugly on the tray and maximize the space in
each of the three compartments.
Spiratex can work with your engineers to design the
tightest tolerance part to fit and perform your desired
function. UHMW/PE is a problem-solving material that
is abrasion resistant and has a low coefficient of friction.
For more information, contact Jeff Coil, The Spiratex
Co., 1916 Frenchtown Center Dr., Monroe, MI 48162,734-289-5205, Fax: 734-289-4804, E-mail: email@example.com,
Thin Gauge Sheet
ENSINGER Penn Fibre is one of the nation’s leading
manufacturers of high performance
and engineering polymers
in extruded plastic sheets,
coils, strips and punched parts.
Ensinger Penn Fibre extrudes
thin gauge plastic sheets from
.031” to .250” thick at up to 24”
wide and sheets from .062” to
.250” thick at up to 48” wide.
Stock sheets standard length of
96” and most stock sheets ship in
one to two days. Custom runs
ship in 4 to 5 weeks on 24” wide
products and 6 to 8 weeks on 48”
wide products. Coils are manufactured
from .010” to .125” thick
and slit widths from .250” to 24”
wide. Punched parts and CNC
parts are also produced from various
thickness of coils and strips.
Acetal - TECAFORM® and
Delrin® in Nat, Black and Colors,
Nylon, Nylon MDS, Nylon
GF13, - TECAMID®,
(PEEK) - TECAPEEK®,
Poly phe nylene Sulfide
(PPS) - TECATRON
(Ultem®) - TECAPEI™,
Sulfones - TECASON
®, Polyesters PBT
and TECAPET™, Polycarbonate (PC) - TECANAT®, Poly -
phenylene Oxide (PPO) - TECANYL®, Polypropylene -
TECAFINE® PP, Polyeth y lene - TECAFINE® PE and Acrylonitrile
Buta diene Styrene - TEC A RAN™.
Limited thickness op tions are stocked in 24” wide of
Delrin® Nat, Black and Colors, Delrin AF® (PTFE) sheets,
polysulfone sheets, modified polypenenlene oxide (Noryl
® PPO) sheets, Pennite® glass reinforced nylon sheets,
Pennite® long glass fiber Polypropylene sheets, Fortron®
glass reinforced polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) sheets ,
Ultem ® Poly ether i mide (PEI) sheets, and poly ether
ether keytone (PEEK) sheets.
Many non-standard plastic sheets, including electrostatically
dissipative (ESD) acetal sheets, custom colored
plastic sheets, and other custom sheets are supplied on
a custom minimum order basis, with lead times averaging
from four to eight weeks ARO.
For more information, contact Mark Kreisher, Ensinger
Penn Fibre Inc., 2434 Bristol Road, Bensalem, PA 19020, 800-662-7366/215-702-9551, Fax: 215-702-9552, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.pennfibre.com.