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High Performance Plastics

Industrial Polymer Sheet

King Hy- Pact® is the super tough industrial polymer sheet that is environmentally stabilized with excellent physical properties. Tests have shown after 2,000 hours of UV exposure, King Hy-Pact outperforms both UV stabilized HDPE and UHMW with superior toughness in wear resistance, flexibility and high-impact strength.

King Hy-Pact has a clean white color with a smooth, non-skived finish for better material flow. King Hy-Pact is produced in K-Stran™, their advanced proprietary manufacturing process of quality sheets with tight tolerances and custom widths up to 60”. Applications include, but are not limited to, food processing chutes, star wheels, fabricated parts, snowplow blades and dock fenders. King Hy- Pact is the smart choice for many high abuse applications requiring superior properties, outstanding flatness and a smooth surface while providing significant cost savings compared to UHMW.

King Plastic Corporation pioneered the first marinegrade polymer sheet, King StarBoard®, which remains the dominant brand in the marine industry today. Since then, King has produced dozens of breakthrough products for a wide variety of industries, from food service to signage to giant slabs weighing more than 6,000 pounds. King continues to raise the bar with new products, new production techniques and new standards of excellence.

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.


Materials for Challenging Applications

Ensinger has made significant commitments in personnel and resources toward developing the very best possible products for the semi-conductor industry. Their TECATRON® PPS and TECAPEEK® PEEK products are readily used in a variety of the most challenging applications. Recently they completed comprehensive independent laboratory testing of their TECATRON® SE and SX PPS product offerings designed specifically for CMP (Chemical Mechanical Planarization) ring applications. The results they received were comprehensive and complicated, however they now have definitive data that indicates TECATRON ® SE performs equally well to competitive PPS materials in the harshest slurry environment (oxide). These results indicate that TECATRON SE may be considered “Pad Friendly”, and that theoretically, under normal processing conditions, TECATRON SE should perform as well if not better than competitive PPS materials. TECATRON® SX while showing more modest wear performance than the SE, still performed to a level that should allow the material to occupy significant market space, offering good performance at a lower cost, and providing exceptional overall value. TECAPEEK SE and TECAPEEK® CMP represent the remainder of the Ensinger CMP product offering, and also offer unique benefits to the CMP ring user. They both offer well balance properties and chemical resistance at elevated temperatures, with TECAPEEK CMP offering the higher ductility of the two.

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


Impact-Modified PPS

Quanta™ PPS stock shapes of rod, plate and heavy-wall tubular bars extruded by Quantum Polymers Newark, DE are manufactured from virgin, unfilled, impact modified PPS virgin resins and are available in both black and natural (beige) colors.

Often referred to as “smart man’s PEEK”, PPS is a tough semi-crystalline polymer with excellent chemical resistance to solvents, acids, bases and petroleum fluids along with great temperature resistance to 175°C, high limiting oxygen index (LOI) - making it inherently flame resistant, and a lower specific gravity vs. metals.

Quanta PPS stock shapes offer additional benefits of high tensile elongation and ductility and a unique combination of other properties coupled with a cost/performance balance that is unmatched by other engineering stock shapes. In addition, Quanta PPS stock shapes are extruded from resins that comply with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Section 21 for indirect food contact applications.

Quantum’s PPS stock shapes are hot air annealed for dimensional stability and low residual stress. Annealing is critical for ease of machining and final part surface smoothness. Quanta PPS stock shapes are easily machined to tight tolerances and precise components using readily available low pH synthetic cutting fluids.

Rods are available from ó” to 4” diameter. Plates are available from 3/8” to 3” thick in widths 12”, 18” and 24” wide. Heavy wall tubular bars (wall thickness > 0.500”) are available on a custom basis.

For more information, contact Renee Ebersole, Quantum Polymers Corporation, 211 Executive Drive, Suite 1, Newark, DE 19702, 877-737-7012, Fax: 302-737-7035, E-mail: sales@quantum-polymers.com, Web: www.quantum-polymers.com.


High Performance Profiles

Petro Extrusion Tech., Inc. is an extruder of most thermoplastic materials, including several high performance materials such as PVDF (Solef® 460), Trogamid® 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 semi rigid.

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 or Julie Hanan, Petro Extrusion Technologies, Inc., 205B Hallock Ave., Middlesex, NJ 08846, 800-229-3338/908-789-3338, Fax: 908-789-0434, E-mail: sales@petroextrusions.com, Web: www.petroextrusions.com.


Polyimide Shapes & Liquid

R. Blaine Industries (RBI) recently announced the expanded availability of its VTEC™ polyimide stock shapes, parts and liquid materials. Small diameter rod has 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 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 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. 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: mcd@rblaine.com, Web: www.rblaine.com.


High Performance Films

Many applications are dependent on materials that have high performance characteristics. Whether you need material that has a low melting point, high temperature range, or even chemical resistance, CS Hyde can be your worldwide source. CS Hyde specializes in custom conversion, die cutting, laminating, slitting and sheeting. Different types of high performance films they carry include: ABS, Acetal (Delrin®), ESR Reflective Film by 3M™, FEP, Halar®, HDPE, Hytrel®, Kapton®, PVDF, Mylar®, PEEK, PES, PFA, Polyimide, PPS, Teflon®, TPX®, UHMW, Nylon®, Udel Polysulfone, Ultem®, and many more sold by the lineal foot. They have capabilities to cut to width, sheet, or die cut materials with or without adhesive. They are a 3M top choice converter enabling them to offer 3M's line of adhesive systems including VHB®, LSE, High Bond, Differential adhesive and more.

For over 20 years CS Hyde has been a leading distributor and converter to a wide variety of markets. Their goal is to provide their customers with products made to specific specs, competitive costs, and provide fast delivery.

For more information, contact Arik Barrera, CS Hyde Company, 1351 N. Milwaukee Ave., Lake Villa, IL 60046, 800-461-4161, E-mail: sales@cshyde.com, Web: www.cshyde.com.


TPO Family

Primex Plastics offers the Tuff-X family of products. Tuff-X, TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) is a compounded alloy of polypropylene, elastomers and mineral fillers. TPO has advanced a great deal over the last several years and is much easier to process and provides exceptional properties. Tuff-X offers a unique balance of stiffness and low thermal expansion contraction (CLTE) as well as excellent impact, weatherability and chemical resistance. Primex offers Tuff-X in a variety of constructions with Flex Modulus ranging from 280,000 PSI up to 500,000 PSI. The material is available in an ultra-low gloss up to their extreme gloss with excellent depth of image. Custom colors and a variety of surfaces and soft touch feels are also available.

Primex extrudes plastic sheet using polystyrene, polyethylene, ABS, polypropylene and polyester in addition to an assortment of specialty products to serve a wide range of industries. Primex is a wholly owned subsidiary of ICC Industries.

For more information, contact Tim Schultz, Primex Plastics Corporation, 1235 North F Street, Richmond, IN 47374, 800-222-5116/765-973-0108, E-mail: tschultz@primexplastics.com, Web: www.primexplastics.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®, Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) - TECAPEEK®, Poly phe - nylene Sulfide (PPS) - TECATRON® PPS, Polyetherimide (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, 2434 Bristol Rd., Bensalem, PA 19020, 800- 662-7366, E-mail: markk@fennfibre.com, Web: www.ensinger-ind.com.


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