7 Key Benefits of Using Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) in Manufacturing
Versatility and efficiency, long the hallmarks of thriving manufacturing environments, still reign as benchmarks of 21st-century production. More and more, manufacturers must adapt and innovate, both in the products that they offer and the way they go about creating them. One such avenue of innovation is a focus on materials that can serve multiple purposes. And one of the more prominent materials to gain traction in the manufacturing space is “just right” soft thermoplastic elastomers (TPE).
Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) compounds, sometimes referred to as thermoplastic rubbers (TPR), are a class of copolymers or a physical mix of polymer compounds. They combine the durable properties of thermoplastic polyolefins and the rubber-like properties of elastomeric polymers to produce flexible TPE materials that provide unique value in the manufacturing process.
Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) material applications are vast, including, but not limited to, use in domestic products such as consumer products, transportation equipment, or any market requiring a grip, pad, bumper, flap, seal, or gasket.
- Injection moldable, extrudable, thermoformable or blow moldable processing capabilities
- Available as concentrates for compounding, if desired
- Less material usage during processing
- Excellent colorability
- Can be overmolded onto polypropylene and many other specialty polymers
- Highly impact resistant at very low temperatures
- Resistant to most chemicals and cleaners
Have you considered the benefits of Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) compounds to your manufacturing process?
AuroraFlex SBS and SEBS Polymer based TPE compounds by Aurora Plastics leverage multiple TPE/TPR chemistries for high strength materials that process quickly and consistently. Even better, Aurora Plastics’ best-in-class team works closely with customers throughout the process to fully understand specific requirements and ensure the best formulation for a given application, and assistance with color and compound matching.
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