Create Custom Industrial Piping With Santoprene Extrusions

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Modern industry needs to meet exacting environmental standards and satisfy customers at the same time. This has spurred materials scientists and petrochemical companies to develop new thermoplastics that can handle demanding temperatures and high pressure conditions, while also being suitable for recycling and reshaping into different forms. In the past, this has been a difficult balance to strike, with recyclable materials often lacking the strength and flexibility required by industrial customers.

However, some thermoplastics offer just such a balance. Manufactured by the oil giant Exxon, Santoprene is a kind of thermoplastic vulcanisate (TPV). It can be easily melted and shaped into extrusions to create custom components and can handle extremes of temperature and pressure. The waste plastic generated during manufacturing processes can also be easily recycled, limiting waste and saving money and energy.

If you can integrate Santoprene into your industrial processes, you could save money and meet complex engineering needs. Here are some applications that might be applicable to your operations.

Create Watertight Weather Seals

Santoprene is one of the most effective materials for use in creating weather seals and is widely employed by the automotive sector to ensure that automatic windows are watertight. But the uses of weather seals go beyond cars. Santoprene can be used to make double-glazed windows more energy efficient and is also used in gasket heads to regulate flow effectively.

Make Your Products Mobile

Another use for Santoprene is in castors and rollers. Because of its hard-wearing properties, Santoprene is the ideal material to use with computer tables, luggage, trolleys and medical equipment. Whenever you need to make equipment mobile and rugged, it's a sensible material to use.

Add Grip to Sporting Items

Santoprene is also regularly used in sporting goods to provide extra grip, and it's often used in Australian cricket bat grips, as well as golf clubs and baseball bats. By using TPV Santoprene extrusions, equipment makers can easily shape the material into tubes with precise dimensions and grip patterns, while it is flexible and strong enough to slip over bats and club shafts without tearing.

Create Custom Made Industrial Plumbing Components

Santoprene TPV may have plenty of manufacturing applications, but its most common use is in creating ducts, piping and valves for industrial processes. For example, Santoprene is often used in industrial hoses that need to be flexible and transport volatile fluids or gases. It resists corrosion by acids, can handle high temperatures and won't crack as it ages, making it popular with chemical processors and food and drink manufacturers. Piping and hoses can also be shaped into whatever form manufacturers require via extrusion processes, allowing them to develop TPV components that are tailored to their needs.

If you need temperature resistant piping, deal with corrosive fluids or want to integrate Santoprene into your products, it could be a great way to save money and improve the efficiency of your industrial processes. Contact extrusion specialists to find out how to create the right plastic components to meet your industrial needs.


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