When the polymer industry talks about finite resources it usually refers to oil and gas which are the key components in polymer production. However, there is one resource that the industry and all of us should be talking about more… water.
As the population increases, the need for clean water and management of water in large conurbations becomes increasingly important. With that, plastic has a crucial part to play in ensuring that water continues to flow.
Plastic piping has played an important part in water distribution for many decades. Plastic is being Increasingly used to replace other materials because of cost, ease of production and perhaps most importantly, its ability to meet increasing tight purity standards.
The markets are extensive and include: internal plumbing fittings, heating, sanitation and filtration systems, water distribution and appliances.
Introducing: Radici Group
RadiciGroup High Performance Polymers, leading global supplier of high-performance thermoplastics, offers a comprehensive range of engineering plastic grades targeted for water equipment suppliers.
Their water management portfolio includes the following family of materials:
|Radilon® S (PA6)||Grades that combine very good mechanical performance properties, excellent processability & colourability for parts not in contact with water that do not require hydrolytic resistance|
|Radilon® A (PA6.6)||Grades that combine high mechanical performance properties with good hydrolytic resistance at elevated temperatures (90°C).|
|Radilon® DT (PA6.12)||Grades that combine high mechanical performance properties with excellent chemical and hydrolytic resistance at elevated temperatures. They offer superior dimensional stability, including low moisture absorption, and superior resistance to oxidation degradation resulting in better weld line resistance to prolonged water exposure up to 60°C. The materials also exhibit high flow, which enables easier design and injection moulding of highly complex and/or thin-walled parts.|
|Radilon® D (PA6.10)||Grades that combine high mechanical performance properties with excellent chemical and hydrolytic resistance at elevated temperatures. They offer superior dimensional stability, including low moisture absorption, and superior weld line resistance to prolonged water exposure up to 60°C. These products are made partially from renewable sources.|
|Radilon® Aestus T1 (PPA)||Grades that combine high mechanical performance properties, including excellent creep resistance in hot water and steam, with outstanding chemical and resistance to oxidative degradation at elevated temperatures (120°C).|
|Radistrong® A (special PA)||Grades that combine superior mechanical performance properties with good hydrolytic resistance at high temperatures (90°C) and excellent surface finish as well as excellent processability.|
|Raditeck® P (PPS)||Grades that combine good mechanical performance properties with outstanding hydrolytic and chemical resistance at elevated temperatures (120°C) as well as outstanding dimensional stability & creep resistance.|
Below find a comparative classification of the Radici Group High Performance Polymers family products in relation to key properties for water management applications:
Plastribution has been distributing the Radici Group’s material formally since 2014 and are committed to developing stronger ties that will bring technical, supply chain security and great customer service benefits to UK processors. For more information please contact us.
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