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All-Weather Wood Grain Sheet
King Plastic Corporation is a leading manufacturer of polymer sheets, slabs, and massive shapes in North America, with over 20 high-performance product brands for various applications.

King StarBoard™ WG has a wood grain finish on both sides of the sheet. Available in 5 colors - Mocha Brown, Nutmeg, Indigo, Charcoal Gray, and Slate Gray. Sheet size 48" x 96" and gauges 1/2" and 3/4".

It is environmentally stabilized to withstand the harshest outdoor conditions. King StarBoard WG will not rust, delaminate or rot when exposed to UV, humidity, or water. It is ideal for various applications, from replacing wood to building furniture. The wood grain polymer sheet never needs painting or refinishing, works like wood, and is easy to fabricate with standard woodworking tools and techniques.

"Our American craftsmanship and breakthrough innovation make us different," said Michael Fabbri, National Sales Manager of King Plastic. "King Plastic pioneered King StarBoard®, the original marine-grade polymer sheet. Now, we deliver the highest performance and durability in our new wood grain plastic sheet with elegance and casual sophistication for outdoor living. In addition, our product mix continues to offer new solutions to our customers worldwide."

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, E-mail: sales@kingplastic.com, Web: www.kingplastic.com.


Food Grade Acetal
With a recent shift in food production away from bulk packaging necessary for restaurant supply to consumer packaging necessary for increased retail sales that resulted from the global pandemic, food producers have had to retool to accommodate the shift in demand. This combined with the continuing need to maintain high levels of food safety, has created a spike in demand for many of the plastics used in food processing, production and packaging equipment.

FDA compliant TECAFORM® AH UD blue is a revolutionary food grade acetal plastic that processors have discovered makes them more efficient because of the unique set of detection characteristics inherent to this material. T ECAFORM AH UD blue contains special additives that make it visible to metal, x-ray and vision detection systems commonly used in food manufacturing. This increases the material’s versatility and usefulness to the food producer because in the event the material inadvertently finds its way into the food product, it will remain visible to scanning equipment regardless of the scanning method being used, and thus improves production efficiency while maintaining food safety. The material is also lighter than stainless steel which increases line speed and energy efficiency.

For more information, contact Bruce Dickinson, Ensinger, 365 Meadowlands Blvd., Washington, PA 15301, 800-243-3221/856-227-0500, Fax: 724-746-9209, E-mail: esales@ensingerusa.com, Web: www.ensingerplastics.com.


Tubing & Profiles
Petro Extrusion Technologies, Inc. extrudes tubing and profiles in various high-performance materials such as acrylic, nylon, PC, TPU, RPVC, ABS, as well as PE’s and PP’s.

One of their specialties at Petro Extrusion Tech., is extruded nylon tubing and profile shapes.

For extruded tubing, they can extrude as small as .090” dia, up to 3.0” OD and even 4.0” OD sizes. Petro Extrusion Tech., extrudes in Nylon 6 and 12, in a variety of grades, and can also produce in custom or standard colors.

Petro offers several stock line products, including the Nyla-Glide GR mds-filled nylon 6 profile line, stock acrylic profiles, PC, PVDF, PP & PVC/PUR stock tubing lines.

For more information, contact Petro Sales, Petro Extrusion Technologies, Inc., 205B Hallock Ave., Middlesex, NJ 08846, 800-229-3338, E-mail: sales@petroextrusions.com, Web: www.petroextrusions.com.


Films & Tapes
CS Hyde Company is a supplier and converter of high-performance polymer films and film tapes. They stock a variety of different engineering and performance grade films including PTFE, Mylar®, Kapton®, PEEK, nylon, TPX®, and more for all types of industry specific applications. There plastic films selection covers performance characteristics ranging from abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, and high heat resistance. They also supply a variety of different film thicknesses, and many of the films are sold by the linear foot which is great for R&D applications.

As a converter, they utilize on site converting capabilities to convert plastic film products into custom roll widths, lengths, or sheet dimensions specific to your application. They are also a 3M® converter which allows them to produce specialty film tapes backed with pressure sensitive adhesive options that bond to oily metals or low surface energy substrates, withstand harsh environments, or integrate properties like thermal conductivity.

CS Hyde works with small to large manufacturers of all types of industries. They pride themselves on being a problem solver to simple to intricate applications, utilizing converting capabilities to make materials fit, and adhesive solutions to make them stick.

For more information, contact CS Hyde Company, 39655 N IL Route 83, Lake Villa, IL 60046, 800-461-4161 E-mail: sales@cshyde.com, Web: www.cshyde.com.


High-Performance Shapes
High-performance plastics are high-priced, low volume polymers that are sold for their use in very specialized applications requiring a combination of extraordinary properties, most notably high strength at high temperatures. 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, load, certain solvents and chemicals, flame, and degradation due to UV are paramount.

Quantum has refocused its product line on stock shapes made from four high performance polymers – PEEK, PEI, PPS and PVDF and two acetal homopolymer polymer grades for specialized applications – Delrin® 100AF and Delrin AFDE588.

Together with ease of machining and excellent dimensional stability during secondary fabrication, Quantum’s high performance stock shapes are ideal for use in many critical applications by offering engineers exceptional flexibility and freedom in product development and design.

Quantum manufactures stock shapes using only 100% virgin resins purchased directly from resin suppliers. Furthermore, all of Quantum’s products are hot air annealed for dimensional stability, they 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 Advanced Engineering Plastics, 211 Executive Drive, Suite 1, Newark, DE 19702, 877-737-7012, E-mail: nicoled@quantum-aep.com, Web: www.quantum-aep.com.


High Temperature HPPs
With nearly 30 years’ experience in working with thermoplastic and thermoset compounds, 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 applications.

Polymics will be bringing new products as well as expansion in to existing product lines beginning in Q4 2022. 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. PERFORMANCE PLASTICS

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: pfoss@polymics.com, Web: www.polymics.com.


Polyimide Shapes, Parts, & Liquid
R. Blaine Industries (RBI) announced the further expanded availability of its VTEC™ Polyimide (PI) Stock Shapes, Parts and Liquid materials. Small diameter rod has now been added, with sizes as small as .060” diameter now available. Incremental diameters are also available to reduce the need to turn down from larger diameters. Other additions to the line include 200mm and 300mm square sheet stock, glass filled polyimide stock shapes, and many OD / ID tube and bushing stock sizes (to eliminate having to drill out solid rod).

RBI's unique 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. It does not have some of the negative ‘engineering factors’ of Torlon, PEEK, and PPS. For example, VTEC is not sensitive to moisture and steam like Torlon, which makes VTEC ideal for oil patch applications. Also, VTEC EG does not have the low Tg problem that compromises PEEK in high temperature applications. And, VTEC EG does not have the poor wear characteristics of PPS, so VTEC is ideal for any type of bearing and wear application to 500°F continuous.

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.

RBI's VTEC line also includes direct-formed parts and machined parts, in addition to stock shapes (sheet, rod, tube). RBI also produces near-net custom VTEC shapes that save machining time as well as material cost. Mold costs for custom stock shapes are very reasonable, often as low as $500. VTEC can be used for any challenging application where a polymer is required. It is also ideal for replacing thermoset, thermoplastic, ceramic, epoxy, and metal. Medical implant grades of VTEC in liquid and solid from are available and solving next generation application challenges.

RBI is a manufacturing company specializing in polyimide materials and hybrid polymers. Its products are used in the aerospace, compressor, military, semiconductor, robotics, pump/ valve, scientific instrument, medical, and biotech industries.

For more information, contact Mark McDevitt, R. Blaine Industries, 1517 Hill Rd., Ste 5F, Reading, PA 19602, 610-236-1445, E-mail: info@vtecpi.com, Web: www.vtecpi.com.


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