The Estane Thermoplastic Polyurethane Div. of BFGoodrich Performance Materials has introduced a product portfolio that provides "excellent high resiliency and high-rebound characteristics comparable to natural rubber across several applications." It contains Estane(reg) thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) products designed to replace traditional thermoset rubber materials, while delivering the advantage of rubber and thermoplastics. The material is available in injection-molding and extrusion grades for such uses as gaskets and seals, medical devices, sporting goods, tubing, and wire and cable jacketing. The products exhibit improved tensile strength, strong tear and abrasion resistance, paintability, low specific gravity, increased Vicat, andare recyclable. BFGoodrich Specialty Plastics (M), 9911 Brecksville Road, Cleveland, OH 44141, FAX (216) 447-6211.
The series now can interface with a wider array of EtherNet/IP-compliant hardware across many industrial sectors, including factory automation systems, plastic injection molding apparatus, and materials-handling equipment.
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