Custom TPE (Thermoplastic elastomer) Extrusion
Preferred Plastics extrudes high-quality custom plastic parts using thermoplastic elastomers, or TPEs. A leading custom extruder, Preferred Plastics offers an inventory of standard compounds of TPE for use in industrial applications.
What is TPE?
Thermoplastic elastomers are copolymers that consist of materials with thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. These materials exhibit properties of both rubbers and plastics and to qualify as thermoplastic elastomer, the material must have the following characteristics:
- Return to its approximate original shape after the material is stressed
- Absence of significant creep.
TPEs are strong, abrasion-resistant, and oil and grease resistant. They are highly resilient, impact and tear resistant. TPEs are available as rigid and soft compounds and can be easily colored. Since most TPEs require little or no compounding, the materials exhibit consistency between batches, allowing for high repeatability in the finished product. TPEs are an economic material choice for many products. As a result, they are a widely used plastics for industrial applications.
TPEs are used widely in automotive, household appliance, medical device, and building and construction applications. Some of the custom products Preferred Plastics manufactures using TPEs are:
- Weather stripping and seals
- Automotive components
- Equipment guides and guards
- Expansion joints
- Low compression and tension set
- Easily processed
- Fatigue resistant
- Good tear strength
At Preferred Plastics, we utilize sustainable, environmentally-responsible manufacturing practices, to minimize waste and maximize energy efficiency in our manufacturing.
Preferred Plastics operates two large production facilities that provide the capacity to extrude simple and complex shapes to the tightest tolerances and exacting requirements. Our turnkey services include complete finishing services, including close tolerance cutting, precision drilling, notching, punching, trimming, welding, stamping, and custom packaging. Preferred Plastics is ISO 9001:2008 certified.
At Preferred Plastics, we are committed to manufacturing a high-quality part that meets your expectations, is delivered on time and on budget – all supported by superior customer service. We understand that the components and parts we deliver you are critical to the performance of your finished products and that the quality of our products impacts the quality of your products – and that it’s your reputation on the line. It’s that commitment that keeps our customers coming back.
Call today to see how we can help you! Kentucky Facility: (502) 935-3070 / Michigan Facility: (269) 685-5873