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PEEK vs PPS: Which Do You Need?

Posted On July 10, 2019

When high-temperature performance is not a major concern, PPS can serve as a viable and economical alternative to PEEK. In this blog post, you will learn how these high performance engineering polymers are similar and where they differ (besides the price).

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Posted in: PEEK, PPS

5 Applications for PEEK in the Medical Device Industry

Posted On May 17, 2018

There are millions of medical devices that include components made from PEEK.  This usage has grown tremendously in the past fifteen years and is still evolving. In this post, we are going to look at typical applications for PEEK in the medical device industry, including both implantable devices and non-implantable devices.

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Posted in: PEEK, Medical & Pharmaceutical Industry

Applications for PEEK in Oil & Gas

Posted On May 10, 2018

The oil and gas industry involves some of the harshest, most aggressive environments. It takes special materials to provide the performance and reliability that is demanded. PEEK is one of the materials that rises to the occasion, so in this blog post we are going to look at some of the many applications there are for PEEK in the world of oil and gas.

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Posted in: Seals for Oil & Gas, PEEK, Oil & Gas Industry

4 Processing Methods for PEEK

Posted On May 02, 2018

PEEK has long been a highly regarded engineering polymer for an almost infinite variety of applications. One of the reasons it remains popular is its processability: PEEK is well adapted to a number of polymer processing techniques. In this post, we are going to discuss four processing methods for manufacturing components from PEEK.

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PEEK is the Go-To Material for Oil & Gas: 6 Reasons Why

Posted On April 25, 2018

As you probably already know, PEEK is a high-performance engineering polymer that is often used for seals and bearings in some of the most aggressive, harsh service environments you can imagine. Such properties make it perfect for use in the petrochemical industry. In fact, there are six specific reasons why PEEK has become a go-to material for oil and gas applications.

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Critical Ball Valve Seats: Recommended Materials

Posted On August 25, 2017


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Posted in: Ball Valve Seats and Seals, PEEK, PTFE

Beginner’s Guide to PTFE and PEEK Backup Rings

Posted On June 29, 2017

Backup rings can be made from a variety of materials, including polymers. In this article, we will look at PTFE and PEEK backup rings while at the same time reviewing some of the basics of backup rings.

Why Use Backup Rings?

Rubber o-rings are good, but when temperatures and pressures rise they have a bad habit of extruding into clearance between mating surfaces, which isn’t a good thing. In fact, extrusion failure is one of the main causes of o-ring failure. As the o-ring begins to extrude into the clearance gap, it will experience more and more damage until it is useless. This phenomenon is sometimes called nibbling, and when it occurs you will notice that the o-ring will have a ragged edge on the low-pressure side.

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Posted in: PEEK, BUR, back up ring, PTFE

Uses of PEEK within the Reciprocating Compressor Industry

Posted On September 29, 2016

PEEK (polyetheretherketone) is a popular engineering polymer that is used in everything from high-performance bearings to labyrinth seals.

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Posted in: Labyrinth Seals, PEEK

A Short Guide to Seals and Shelf-Life

Posted On August 12, 2016

Many items have a limited shelf-life, from dairy products to medications to … seals?

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Posted in: PTFE Seals, PEEK, Seal Shelf Life

What Engineers Should Know About Polymer Seals and Outgassing

Posted On August 10, 2016

You know that wonderful new car smell? There’s a name for that phenomena: outgassing.

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Posted in: Polymer Seals, PEEK, PTFE

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