PEEK Resin Thermoplastic Component

Engineered Plastic Medical Devices are revolutionizing the healthcare industry. The growth of polymers has transformed the marketplace, with plastic medical devices steadily replacing other materials such as glass, ceramics, and metals, wherever applicable.

Peek (Polyether Ether Ketone) plastics are widely used in the medical device industry due to their excellent mechanical properties, biocompatibility, and resistance to chemicals and high temperatures. Here are some ways Peek plastics are used in medical devices:

  1. Implants: Peek is commonly used in orthopedic implants, such as spinal fusion cages, joint replacements, and trauma fixation plates. Its mechanical properties closely resemble those of bone, making it an ideal material for load-bearing applications. Peek’s biocompatibility allows it to integrate well with the surrounding tissue.
  2. Dental Applications: Peek is used in dental applications like dental implants, temporary crowns and bridges, orthodontic brackets, and dental surgical instruments. It provides good strength and stability, and its tooth-colored variants offer aesthetic benefits.
  3. Surgical Instruments: Peek is utilized in the manufacturing of surgical instruments, including forceps, retractors, and endoscopic components. Its high strength, durability, and resistance to sterilization methods such as autoclaving make it suitable for repeated use.
  4. Medical Device Housings: Peek is used for the housing and structural components of various medical devices, such as handheld surgical tools, electronic devices, and monitoring equipment. Its mechanical strength, resistance to sterilization, and biocompatibility make it suitable for these applications.
  5. Ophthalmic Devices: Peek is used in the manufacture of intraocular lenses (IOLs), which are artificial lenses implanted in the eye during cataract surgery. Peek’s optical clarity, biocompatibility, and resistance to degradation within the eye make it a preferred material for IOLs.

Peek plastics offer several advantages for medical devices, including their radiolucency (compatibility with X-rays), high strength-to-weight ratio, chemical resistance, and biocompatibility. These properties make Peek a versatile and reliable material choice in various medical applications.

For more information on PEEK and its use in medical applications, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at [email protected], or visit our website at


Correctly and efficiently performing aircraft maintenance requires the correct tools.  Patented EnduroSharp® Torlon® aircraft maintenance tools, exclusively from Performance Plastics, are the correct tools.  They are non-metallic scraper tools that quickly and effectively remove silicone, sealants, adhesives, and coatings while keeping an effective edge and not damaging underlying materials.

At the time of development, many nonmetallic scrapers were available and approved for various material removal applications. But, the effectiveness of the existing tools varied, and the tools were generally inefficient & short-lived. Some even pose a great risk to the underlying structures.

Under contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Materials Integrity Branch (AFRL/RXSA), the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) developed the EnduroSharp® line of Torlon® material removal tools.

After sampling available tools on the market for material and design, the material Torlon® by Solvay was chosen, along with a spiral-fluted design for the GFR Bit. Torlon® is a polyamide-imide (PAI) resin that is a high-end niche material that proved to be ideal for the application.  Initially, three types of tools were developed:

  • Gap Filler Removal Bits (GFR Bit)
  • Torlon Scraper Blade (TSB)
  • Torlon Gap Blade (TGB)

All three tools were extensively tested and summarized. It was concluded that Torlon® was indeed a great material for the application.  The material offered significantly less damage potential than other often-used tools.  It offered faster material removal rates and required less operator effort.  Additionally, the material proved to be resharpenable.

At the request of our users, EnduroSharp® is soon to release our new TSR Cutter, The Torlon Sealant Remover Cutter (TSR) is a rotary cutter designed to safely remove thick layers of sealants and adhesives from larger areas, such as fuel cells, without damaging the underlying coatings and surfaces.

The EnduroSharp® line is offered by over 100 organizations and is under evaluation for 11 weapons systems at 10 DoD locations.

For more information on the EnduroSharp® line of products, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at [email protected], or visit our website at



Micro injection molding is a specialized form of injection molding that is used to produce small, intricate parts with high precision and accuracy, It has gained significant attention in various industries, including medical devices, electronics, automotive, and aerospace/defense.  In recent years, several innovations have emerged in micro injection molding, improving its capabilities, and expanding its applications.

  • Advanced Tooling: Innovations in micro injection molding tooling have significantly contributed to improved part quality and increased production efficiency. High-precision molds with complex geometries and tight tolerances can now be manufactured using advanced machining techniques like micro-milling and electrical discharge machining (EDM). These techniques enable the creation of intricate features and microstructures in molds, producing highly detailed micro parts.
  • Material Selection: Micro injection molding has benefited from the development of new materials specifically designed for small-scale molding. These materials offer enhanced flow properties, dimensional stability, and improved mechanical properties. They include specialized engineering plastics such as high-temperature thermoplastics. The availability of a broader range of materials expands the potential applications of micro injection molding.
  • Process Monitoring and Control: The integration of advanced sensors and monitoring systems has improved the control and consistency of the micro injection molding process. Real-time monitoring of key process parameters, such as temperature, pressure, and flow rate, allows for better process optimization and early detection of issues. Closed-loop feedback systems can automatically adjust process parameters to maintain consistent part quality, reducing scrap rates and improving overall productivity.
  • Microfluidic Devices: Micro injection molding has found extensive use in the production of microfluidic devices, which are used in applications like medical diagnostics, chemical analysis, and drug delivery systems. Innovations in microfluidic design and fabrication techniques have enabled the integration of complex fluid channels, valves, and sensors into small, disposable devices. Micro injection molding provides a cost-effective and scalable manufacturing method for producing these devices with high precision and reproducibility.
  • Multi-Material and Overmolding: Recent innovations in micro injection molding have focused on enabling multi-material molding and over-molding processes. Multi-material molding allows for the integration of different materials or colors within a single micro part, expanding design possibilities and functionality. Overmolding, on the other hand, involves molding one material over another, creating bonded layers or adding soft-touch grips to parts. These capabilities enhance the versatility and aesthetics of micro-injection molded products.
  • These innovations in micro injection molding have expanded its capabilities, enabling the production of smaller, more complex parts with improved quality and functionality.

Micro injection molding is widely applied for parts and devices in medical, pharmaceutical, electronics, automotive, optical, and other industries. In general, the medical micro injection molding market is the leading one, due to an increase in the usage of sophisticated micro components for endoscopic surgery, minimally invasive treatments, and other advanced technology developments.

Performance Plastics are experts in precision injection molding.  We have developed proprietary tooling, unique metallurgy equipment, and processes that produce custom-molded plastics such as fluoropolymers, Ultem®, PEEK, and Torlon®.  We leverage our high-performance polymer expertise and technology to develop thermoplastic compounds and techniques to deliver the best possible results on our projects.

For more information on how micro molding can benefit your application, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at [email protected] or visit our website at




A family mold is a mold that produces different parts using the same base.  There can be multiple cavities for different part numbers.  Family molds often have a building cost advantage over molds dedicated to a single part number.

A common usage is to combine two halves of housing into a family mold. Halves are purchased in sets which makes running them together a good option.  They don’t have to be run together, so a shut-off runner must be included which allows one or more cavities to be turned off during production.

Family molds are often more practical than dedicated molds with moderate production volumes, whereas dedicated multiple cavities would be more expensive.  But family mold layout design is demanding and requires experience when dealing with advanced materials.

There are big differences between the properties, processing methods, and applications of various advanced materials.  Engineers need to understand the properties of the materials when using a family mold.  All advanced materials have benefits and deficiencies, so this understanding is key to the success of a project.

The conditions encountered when forcing molten plastic through a mold’s sprues, runners, and gate change as the mold becomes larger, and more complex, which impacts the molding process and material quality.  Thermal variations within a family mold become more of a concern, increasing the risk of partially filled cavities as well as part deformation.

Performance Plastics are experts in precision injection molding.  We have developed proprietary tooling, unique metallurgy equipment, and processes that produce custom-molded plastics such as fluoropolymers, Ultem®, PEEK, and Torlon®.  We leverage our high-performance polymer expertise and technology to develop thermoplastic compounds and techniques to maximize your family mold and provide the best quality on your mold investment.

For more information on family molds and how they can benefit your application, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at [email protected] or visit our website at


Torlon is a high-performance polymer that is often used in precision industrial applications due to its exceptional mechanical and thermal properties. It is a brand name for polyamide-imide (PAI), a thermoplastic material that exhibits excellent strength, stiffness, and dimensional stability.

Here are some key characteristics and advantages of Torlon in precision industrial applications:

  1. High Strength and Stiffness: Torlon has a high strength-to-weight ratio and exceptional rigidity, making it suitable for applications that require structural integrity and resistance to deformation under heavy loads.
  2. Dimensional Stability: Torlon maintains its dimensional stability even under elevated temperatures, which is crucial in precision applications where tight tolerances and accurate fit are required. It has a low coefficient of thermal expansion, reducing the risk of dimensional changes due to temperature fluctuations.
  3. Chemical Resistance: Torlon is highly resistant to a wide range of chemicals, including acids, solvents, fuels, and oils. This chemical resistance makes it suitable for applications in chemical processing, oil and gas, and other industries where exposure to corrosive substances is a concern.
  4. High-Temperature Resistance: Torlon retains its mechanical properties at elevated temperatures, with a glass transition temperature (Tg) of approximately 280°C (536°F) and a melting point of around 310°C (590°F). This thermal stability allows it to perform reliably in high-temperature environments.
  5. Low Friction and Wear Resistance: Torlon exhibits excellent tribological properties, including low friction and wear resistance. This makes it suitable for applications that involve sliding or rotating components, such as bearings, bushings, and wear pads.
  6. Electrical Insulation: Torlon is an excellent electrical insulator, offering high dielectric strength and low electrical conductivity. It is often used in electrical and electronic components where insulation and electrical performance are critical.
  7. Machinability: Torlon is known for its machinability, allowing it to produce complex shapes and precise components. It can be easily machined using conventional machining techniques, including milling, turning, drilling, and grinding.

Due to its exceptional properties, Torlon is commonly found in industries such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, oil and gas, chemical processing, and various other high-performance applications that demand precision, reliability, and durability.

For more information on Torlon or how a high-performance polymers can benefit your application, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at [email protected] or visit our website at

When using a tool for maintenance, it is important to use the right tool to perform the task the right way.  Using the incorrect tool wastes time, reduces efficiency, and puts the maintainer at risk of injury. Take for example a tool as basic as a scraper blade.  Not all scraper blades are made of the same material and provide the same functionality.  Some of the most common types of scraper blades on the market include Phenolic, Celcon®, Glass Filled Nylon, and Torlon®.


Phenolic Scraper Blades

Phenolic scraper blades come in assorted shapes, colors, and sizes.  Phenolic scrapers are commonly used for removing sealants, adhesives, stickers, labels, grime, and more.  Phenolic materials are the result of polymerization between layers of paper, canvas, linen, or glass cloth impregnated with a synthetic thermosetting resin.  It offers high resistance to flexing but does not offer the ability to be resharpened.  It will curl, peel and melt when attempting to resharpen.  Additionally, Phenolic may cause irritation to the skin, eyes, nose throat, and nervous system, so it is not ideal for use in incremental or heated material removal.


Celcon® Plastic Scraper Blades

Celcon® plastic scraper blades are currently approved by several MROs and are made of semi-crystalline thermoplastics that offer high tensile strength, stiffness, and toughness and may retain a sharp edge.  They are resistant to hot water and some solvents and are useful for sealant application, removal, and paint removal.  They are not, however, useful with newer aviation adhesives, or high-heat applications as they melt easily.  Celcon® dust may cause irritation in the upper respiratory tract when used at normal processing temperatures.



Glass-Filled NylonScraperBlades

Glass-filled nylon scraper blades are thermal polymers that hold a very sharp and hard edge.  It is far less likely to mar surfaces, but it is not categorized as non-marring.  Can sometimes often be reshaped, but edges tend to wear when prying.  Can not be re-sharpened. Resists chemicals and solvents with minimal degradation.  While adding glass to the nylon makes it substantially stronger, with superior tensile strength it is also substantially more brittle, abrasive, and heavier.


Torlon Scarper Blades

Torlon® scraper blades hold a superior edge, remove unwanted materials, and protect the underlying substrates.  Torlon® is a non-marring, high-strength, high-temperature polymer and is cured to produce a thermoset polymer.  As a thermoset, it is resharpenable, lightweight, chemically resistant, and safe for people under normal conditions.

EnduroSharp® offers a full line of Torlon® Aircraft Maintenance Tools that make the removal of sealants and adhesives more efficient.

For more information on the new EnduroSharp® Gap Blade & Scraper Blade kit, or any of our EnduroSharp® product lines, please contact Aileen Crass at [email protected] or visit our website at




Strong, lightweight plastics enable us to live better while contributing to sustainability in many ways—all which stem from plastics’ ability to help us do more with less.

Plastics help us protect the environment by reducing waste, lowering greenhouse gas emissions, and saving energy at home, at work, and on the road. Plastic packaging helps to dramatically extend the shelf life of products while allowing us to ship more with less packaging material—reducing both product and packaging waste.

Plastics have a great environmental profile.  Only 4% of the world’s oil production is used for plastics and it takes much less energy to produce compared to other materials.  Plastics are durable, lightweight, and adaptable, now being used in projects that used to require metal materials.

Plastic adhesives, sealants, tools, and other building products are making our lives significantly more energy efficient while reducing costs. Plastics are building blocks of many value chains including healthcare, aviation, packaging, and increasingly the recycling industry. Sustainable plastic manufacturing conducts business in a way that drives value for society, the environment, and industry.

High-Performance plastics offer superior product quality in terms of durability, reusability, and recyclable quantities.  They are used in a wide range of multi-use applications and durable applications and are frequently used to replace other materials such as metal, wood, and glass.



A high-performance plastic is a resin that exhibits characteristics that make it a viable alternative to metals for use in industrial applications.  Characteristics include strength & durability, temperature resistance, electrical properties, lightweight, and versatility.  Overall, high-performance plastics can be custom designed to meet specific performance criteria and offer a wide range of benefits.

A gasket is a mechanical seal that fills the space between two or more mating surfaces to prevent leakage from or into joined objects under compression.  They extend the lifespan of moving parts by protecting against rubbing or friction.  Today, high-performance plastic gaskets are used as an alternative to metal gaskets as they offer great durability and corrosion resistance.  They are also lightweight, have low friction, and have good sealing and insulation properties.

The benefits of using a gasket made of high-performance plastics include:

  • Improved functionality and performance
  • Improved resistance to many chemicals
  • Improvement in vibration
  • Improved handling of temperature fluctuation
  • Improved impact resistance

High-performance plastic gaskets can be custom designed to meet specific performance criteria and offer a wide range of benefits depending on the application.

Performance Plastics has over 40 years’ experience in molding tight tolerance advanced plastics such as Fluoropolymers (FEP/PFA) Torlon, PEEK & Ultem for many industries.  We have developed proprietary processes enabling injection molding of parts that are thin walled, with tight dimensional tolerances and complex geometries.

For more information on high-performance plastic gaskets or other Performance Plastics’ services, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at 440-785-7122.


Gaskets, seals, and poppets are key components of industrial applications used to seal joints, limit vibration, and prevent leaks.  They serve critical functions, so it is essential to choose the correct material for the application.  Performance Plastics has a thorough understanding of high-performance thermoplastics including PEEK, PFA, FEP, Torlon, and Ultem to create reliable, better sealing, longer wearing, and more cost-efficient components.

When choosing a material, there are several factors to keep in mind to ensure the material is correct for the application.

  • Temperature – material must withstand the entire design temperature range.
  • Pressure – material must withstand the entire pressure range.
  • Corrosion Resistance – material should not corrode when it encounters fluids or by environmental exposure.
  • Product Standards
  • Industry Standards

The materials need to have good flexibility, low density, and high tensile strength.  It also needs to have resistance to chemicals, internal pressure, durability, and adhesion with itself and the surfaces they touch.

It is important to understand the requirements of the particular application before making a material selection.  Our CT scanning metrology service allows us to offer the best in advanced measurement science.  Gaskets, seals, and poppets must be measured to deliver and maintain their seals for an acceptable period against all the operational forces present.

Performance Plastics’ team of experienced engineers possess the expertise to design and manufacture technically challenging projects and offer complex solutions within any industry. With the ability to hold tight tolerances (+/- .001”) in injection molding operations, we are exceptionally well-equipped to serve the Oil & Gas, Fluid Management, and HVAC industries.

For more information on how Performance Plastics can assist in your material selection challenges, please contact Rich Reed, VP of Sales & Marketing at 513.321.8404 or [email protected]


Plastics can be considered high-performance for a variety of reasons.  The specific application and the performance criteria are the most important.  Here are some characteristics that can contribute to a resin being classified as a high-performance plastic.

  1. Strength and durability: Many plastics are engineered (fiber reinforced) to be extremely strong and durable, with high tensile strength and resistance to wear, tear, and impact. This can make them well-suited for applications where mechanical stress is a concern. Examples include Torlon PAI and PEEK.
  2. Temperature resistance: Certain plastics are highly resistant to chemical corrosion or degradation, which can make them ideal for use in harsh environments or with corrosive substances. Examples include fluoropolymers such as PFA with a melting point of 581 degrees F.
  3. Electrical properties: Some plastics have excellent electrical insulation properties, making them ideal for use in electronics or other electrical applications. Examples include fluoropolymers such as FEP.
  4. Lightweight: Many plastics are lightweight, which can make them ideal for applications where weight is a concern, such as the aerospace, medical, or industrial markets.
  5. Versatility: Plastics can be easily injection molded into a wide variety of complex shapes and sizes, which can make them versatile and useful in a wide range of applications.

Overall, high-performance plastics can be custom designed to meet specific performance criteria and offer a wide range of benefits depending on the application.

For more information on high-performance plastics or other Performance Plastics services, please contact Rich Reed, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at [email protected] or call 440-785-7122.