THE ADVANTAGES OF GLASS FIBER REINFORCED POLYMERS
Today’s glass fiber reinforced polymers are commonly used across the medical, automotive, non-automotive vehicle, building and construction, and industrial industries. With extensive experience compounding base materials with glass fiber additives, Americhem helps product developers and manufacturers achieve unique performance advantages for the most demanding applications. We can combine a broad range of polymers, including PE, PP, PET, PTFE, PEEK, PSU, PPS and PPSU, with glass fibers to significantly improve the strength, rigidity, stability and chemical resistance of a polymer matrix resin. The use of glass fiber reinforcements also allows products to withstand higher temperatures and resist warpage. They are often utilized in applications where corrosion is a threat and to reduce weight by substituting plastic for metal. Americhem’s polycarbonate, aromatic ketone polymer and fluoropolymer product offerings exemplify our leadership in fiber additive technologies.
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GLASS FIBERS ON THE EXTRUSION LINE
Americhem’s glass fiber reinforced polymers are suitable for injection molding, blow molding and extrusion processes. Depending on your application, our glass fiber products can be combined with extrusion-grade materials so you can convert them into highly durable tubing, pipes, rods and other profiles that must withstand aggressive environments. Smooth surfaces can be achieved along with many other attributes through our tailored design approach and comprehensive manufacturing capabilities.
UNIFORM AND LONG-LASTING COLOR
Americhem has long been recognized for our custom color dispersions that help companies strengthen their brand identity and differentiate their products. Integrating glass fibers for reinforcement in no way alters or impacts the uniformity or colorfastness that you would typically expect to achieve from our ColorFast™ pre-colored engineered resins or ColorRX® medical-grade compounds.
CAN AMERICHEM’S GLASS FIBER PRODUCTS BE CUSTOMIZED?
Absolutely! We can customize a polymer matrix to include the glass fiber properties you need while enhancing it with a wide variety of product additives. These additives include but are not limited to color, lubricants, flame retardants, anti-statics, UV stabilizers, thermally conductive agents, specialty process aids, carbon fiber, aramid fiber and other reinforcements like minerals. We can even introduce metals such as stainless steel, iron, tungsten and barium sulfate. To ensure our products reach their maximum potential with their properties, we research and test glass fiber compatibility with different resin systems. We also strive to understand how different polymers process and how the end-use product will be expected to perform. Our competence in glass fiber applications translates into a distinct competitive edge for our customers.
BIOCOMPATIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR THE MEDICAL DEVICE MARKET
In the healthcare landscape where innovation, speed to market and cost are paramount, Americhem offers a complete line of customized biocompatible medical compounds. With glass fiber additives being one of our specialties, we can keep pace with the ever-changing needs of healthcare OEMs by creating custom formulations that elevate your position as a trusted, value-conscious supplier in a crowded and competitive marketplace. Our advanced product lines deliver biocompatible filler and reinforcement options for today’s medical products and devices with material offerings that address the unique demands of this patient-focused industry. Americhem’s InLube™ internally lubricated compounds and alloys, InStruc™ structurally reinforced compounds and InElec™ electrically active crystalline and amorphous compounds can all be modified with glass fiber additives to impart added strength, durability, impact resistance and other benefits.