San Diego Plastics
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National City  CA  91950
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Ensinger ESD Materials from San Diego Plastics, Inc.


Polyamide-imide (PAI)

TECATOR: Polyamide-imide to meet the highest requirements
Outstanding thermal resilience and long-term stability


Improved precision and performance with shapes and rods made of TECATOR.
The choice of which high performance material to use is often based on slight variations in their properties. For this reason, ENSINGER has complemented its product range with the high performance polyamide-imide thermoplastic, TECATOR to satisfy the highest requirements. The material has particularly high thermal resilience and can be used both for cryogenic and high temperature applications up to 270 C. Furthermore, the very rigid material TECATOR exhibits high mechanical strength and toughness.

Due to its low coefficient of thermal expansion and extremely high creep resistance, the material is particularly suitable for highly demanding components. Further characteristics are high long-term stability and high fatigue strength; TECATOR is also self-extinguishing in accordance with UL 94 V-0.

Good chemical resistance is a further characteristic - TECATOR is resistant to conventional solvents, lubricants and fuels and can be used in contact with many different acids. It is also very resistant to high-energy radiation.

ENSINGER supplies the unfilled yellow-brown TECATOR 5013 and the black tribologically modified TECATOR 5031 PVX in the form of rods and sheets. Both versions can be easily machined using conventional tools and machinery.

In addition to the above mentioned general property profile, modified TECATOR 5031 PVX also has excellent abrasion resistance, plus good anti-friction and sliding properties.

Due to its outstanding material properties, TECATOR is suitable for use in automotive engineering, electronics, cryotechnology and in the aeronautical and aerospace engineering fields. It is also the material of choice for demanding components in the fields of precision engineering, mechanical engineering, medical engineering, vacuum technology, as well as semi-conductor technology.

In comparison to metallic assemblies, components made of TECATOR are lighter but offer comparable properties and are used when weight savings are required.

TECATOR is suitable for switches and connecting parts, plain bearings, bushes, discs, piston rings, valve seats, sliding tracks, ball bearings, ball valves, casters, insulating parts and mechanically and thermally stressed engineering parts.

Tecator™ Tecator™ is a high performance melt processable polyamide-imide that maintains excellent mechanical and wear properties in temperature environments exceeding 500 F. Stock shapes from Ensinger Hyde are available in three grades:

Tecator™ TLN-5013* high strength structural grade features good electrical properties and strength, making it ideal for demanding applications at a broad range of temperatures.
(* Alternative to Torlon ® 4203.)

Tecator™ TLB-5031** offers high PV capabilities in bearing applications, primarily at high loads and low speeds.
(** Alternative to Torlon® 4301.)

Tecator™ GF30 (XP142T)*** is a 30% glass reinforced grade, compression molded, with superior stiffness and dimensional stability. It is available in a wide variety of custom tube, ring, rod and plate sizes.
(*** Alternative to Torlon ® 5530)

Typical Applications
  • Pump Parts
  • Piston Rings
  • For the Semiconductor Industry as "Burn in" Test Sockets, Nests, Chassis, and other applications
  • Valve Seats
  • Seal Rings
  • Engine Transmission Parts
  • Welding Nozzle Tips
  • Bearing Cages

Torlon is a registered trademark of Amoco Performance Products.

  • Excellent weather and gamma radiation resistance.
  • Outstanding bearing and wear properties.
    At elevated temperatures, Tecator™ TLB-5031 offers superior wear rates.
  • High strength and stiffness.
  • Excellent electrical values.
    Tecator™ TLN-5013 has a dielectric strength of 600 V/mil.
  • Good chemical resistance.
    Tecator™ is not attacked by common solvents or fuels and is acceptable for use in contact with many acids.
  • Maintains a high proportion of mechanical
    properties over a broad temperature spectrum - cryogenic to 500F.
  • Tecator™ TLN-5013 and TLB-5031 are available in a wide variety of metric sizes in rod and plate.

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