How Specialty Polymers are Changing the Sanitary System Industry
Today’s sanitary systems require components that can outperform and outlast metals, eliminate the risk of water contamination and reduce the frequency of corrosion. To manufacture reliable faucet cartridges and stop valves for these important systems, OEMs need cost-efficient, high-performance materials that are easy to mold into complex shapes and retain their mechanical properties and material integrity with repeated exposure to cold and hot chlorinated water. Solvay offers a broad portfolio of specialty polymers with outstanding corrosion resistance, high dimensional stability and smooth surface finishes to serve as reliable metal replacements in lavatory faucet components.
Specialty Polymers Offer Resistance to Corrosion and Chemicals
OEMs rely on chemically stable and corrosion resistant polymer-based materials to offer higher performance and greater reliability than traditional metal components. Solvay’s specialty polymers exhibit excellent resistance to oxidative aging and minimize the risk of harmful contamination by heavy metals. Solvay’s Ryton® PPS, Amodel® PPA and Ixef® PARA are high-quality polymers that offer superior fatigue resistance and can withstand exposure to chlorinated water found in various sanitary applications. Added benefits of these materials include: low viscosity of Ryton® PPS which allows for injection molding thin-walled parts; high temperature resistance of Amodel® PPA; and the beautiful surface finish of Ixef® PARA.
Specialty Polymers Maintain Impressive Dimensional Stability and Strength
OEMs require sophisticated materials that resist moisture absorption and thermal expansion to maintain high strength in today’s sanitary system components. Specialty polymers offer strength and stiffness in hot and cold water environments to retain impressive dimensional stability in sanitary applications. Solvay’s specialty polymers, specifically reinforced grades of Veradel® PESU, are specially formulated to increase rigidity, tensile strength, and dimensional stability in faucet cartridges and stop valves in sanitary applications.
Specialty Polymers Present an Attractive Surface Finish
Materials in sanitary components must exhibit exceptional strength and durability, while also offering an appealing surface finish. Solvay’s Ixef® PARA is especially equipped for aesthetic sanitary applications as this advanced polymer offers competitive strength, corrosion resistance and ensures a smooth surface finish that is well-suited for painting or metallization.
Specialty polymers are advancing the sanitary system industry by encouraging OEMs to design increasingly complex and efficient sanitary components with materials that ensure corrosion resistance, dimensional stability and a beautiful surface finish. Solvay offers a broad portfolio of high-performance plastics that can be implemented in stop valves and faucet cartridges to create longer-lasting and more innovative sanitary systems.