Also referred to as thermoplastic rubber, thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) have become increasingly popular for a wide spectrum of products and applications. Below we cover some of the benefits of Thermoplastic Elastomers and how they have changed the look and feel of many products on the market today.
Consider household and personal care items you have purchased recently. Hand held goods for personal and industrial use such as tools, utensils and toys, that are manufactured with TPEs have soft, smooth handles that make gripping much more comfortable.
From toothbrushes, to spatulas, to screwdrivers and new rubber ducks, many new products are manufactured with this long lasting plastic and durable rubber combination. The tactile feel of thermoplastic elastomers is just one of the popular benefits to end users.
The speed and the ease of processing for plastic injection molding and plastic blow molding also makes it a popular choice for manufacturers and molders. Thermoplastic elastomers can be used in countless extrusion and injection molded applications. When compared to traditional resins, thermoplastic elastomers can be molded in shorter cycles to allow for quick turn round of molded goods.
TPE is also a solution for products that need to perform in a variety of temperatures including plastic products that will be exposed to the outdoors.
ADVANTAGES and BENEFITS OF THERMOPLASTIC ELASTOMERS INCLUDE:
- Processing ease and speed
- Design flexibility
- Lower fabrication and production costs
- Lower energy consumption
- Resistance to solvent and abrasion
- Resistance to weathering
- Improved product performance
- Shorter cycle time
- Lower part costs per finished piece
- Broader range in product density
- Product consistency
- Environmentally Friendly – recyclable scrap
- Resistance to heat and cold
- Can be injection molded, blow molded and thermoformed
These benefits of TPEs are just some of the reasons SPI Blow Molding and SPI Injection Molding recommend thermoplastic elastomers for a wide range of products and part design applications customers bring to us. Molding custom plastic parts with top grade TPEs that can save time and money as well as stand up to seasonal climate change is important to our customers.
Do you have a product or part that could benefit by incorporating thermoplastic elastomers? Give us a call today. SPI Injection Molding and SPI Blow Molding experts will consult with you and your team to determine if thermoplastic elastomers could save you time and money on your next part design project.