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Thermoplastic Elastomers

Genplex manufactures thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) tubing and hose from a variety of materials in sizes ranging from .020" to 4" outside diameter. TPE tubing is manufactured from copolymers that provide a range of physical properties which cannot be found in conventional elastomers, and provides the advantages of both rubber and plastic materials. Custom formulations are available for specific markets and applications. 

Polyurethane Tubing

Polyurethane tubing (TPU) provides excellent chemical and abrasion resistance in applications which demand durability. Polyurethane tubing also possesses superior scratch resistance and high tensile strength, while providing the customer with low temperature flexibility and elastic rebound. Genplex manufactures polyurethane tubing and flexible hose from two main classes of polyurethane, which range in durometer from 52A to 95A (for comparison, a rubber band has a Shore durometer typically around 35A while the wheels of a roller skate would be 85A). Polyether-based polyurethane tubing provides greater low temperature flexibility, while polyester-based polyurethane is more resistant to heat aging with additional protection from oils, fuels, and solvents. 

Thermoplastic Vulcanizate 

Thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV), a copolymer blend of polypropylene and EPDM rubber, is a low cost, lightweight solution for applications typically requiring thermal set rubber. TPV tubing is resistant to heat aging, fatigue, and compression set, while maintaining desirable low temperature flexibility.

Alcryn®

Alcryn® is a melt-processible rubber that is designed for parts that operate in demanding end use environments, but require the superior performance of rubber. Alcryn® brings the rich look and feel of vulcanized rubber to molded and extruded products that regular TPEs can’t reach. It matches the mechanical properties, elasticity, and soft-feel of rubber that is not found in regular TPE products.  

In-House Tooling & Design 

Thanks to our in-house tooling and design capabilities Genplex can produce the thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) tubing you need quickly and effectively. Our expert engineering team can deliver TPE tubing that meets your unique specifications in lead times that fit your schedule. 

Genplex has been producing high quality, customized TPE products for nearly 25 years. We take pride in our comprehensive manufacturing capabilities, from product design to delivery. Request a quote  today or Contact Us to learn more.

Thermoplastic Vulcanizate (TPV)

Trade Names

  • Santoprene® (Exxon Mobil)
  • Nexprene® (TPE Solutions)

Characteristics

  • Low Compression Set
  • Flexibility (Rubbery Feel)
  • Heat Resistance
  • Cold Resistance
  • UV Resistance
  • Ozone Resistance

 

Olefin Block Co-polymer (OBC)

Trade Name

  • Infuse® (Dow)

Characteristics

  • Superior Compression Set Compared to TPEs
  • 40ºC Higher Heat Resistance than TPEs
  • Better Abrasion Resistance than TPEs

 

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)

Trade Names

  • Pellathane® (Lubrizol)
  • Texin® and Desopan® (Bayer)
  • Laripur® (Coim)
  • Elastolan® (BASF)
  • Irogran® (Hunstsman)

Characteristics

  • Excellent Abrasion Resistance
  • High Tear Strength
  • Resistance to Oil and Grease
  • Excellent Low Temp Performance

 

Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)

Trade Names

  • Kraton® (Shell)
  • Engage® (Dow)
  • Hytrel® (Dupont) 

Characteristics

  • Ability to Stretch to Significant Elongations
  • Moderate Creep
  • Recyclable 

Applications

  • Automotive
  • Electrical
  • Healthcare
  • Sports Products 

Shapes Extruded

  • Hex
  • Oval
  • Round
  • Standard & Custom Profiles

Value-Add Operations

  • Angular Cut Ends
  • Cutting
  • Notching
  • Inkjet Engravings

Configurations

  • Miniature
  • Semi-Rigid
  • Thin Walled vs Thick Walled

Colors

  • High Gloss or Matte Surface
  • Translucent
  • Opaque
  • High Gloss
  • Standard & Custom 

Formulations

  • FDA
  • Flame Retardant
  • NSF
  • UL

 

Alcryn® (MPR)

Characteristics

  • Increased Elasticity
  • Superior Abrasion Resistance
  • Chemical/Fuel/Oil Resistance
  • Environmental Resistance & Weatherability

Applications

  • Automotive
  • Tools & Appliance
  • Architectural
  • Wire & Cable
  • Industrial Products
  • Consumer Products

Contact Genplex today for your Thermoplastic Elastomers

Contact us to learn more or request a quote today.


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