Why Use a High-Performance Plastic for your Gasket?March 28, 2023 | Blog, FEP & PFA Materials Blog, Materials Blogs, Videos
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.