Top 6 Specialty Polymers for Sanitary Systems
Today’s OEMs require high-quality materials to provide the sanitary industry with efficient, durable and long-lasting systems. Solvay has been replacing metal in water management equipment with polymer-based materials for over 20 years. Our broad portfolio includes six advanced specialty polymers that increase durability, decrease system weight and reduce costs in sanitary system components such as faucet cartridges and stop valves. Additionally, Solvay’s specialty polymers offer exceptional corrosion resistance, dimensional stability and cost-effective metal replacement for longer lasting and more efficient sanitary systems.
Modern water management systems rely on advanced materials that offer tremendous chemical resistance, high dimensional stability and low viscosity for easy injection in complex, thin-walled components such as faucet cartridges and stop valves. Solvay engineers Ryton® PPS with expansive thermal stability and outstanding corrosion resistance to withstand temperatures up to 220°C and maintain high durability over long-term exposure to a wide variety of solvents and chemicals. Additionally, Ryton® PPS offers OEMs a superior cost-performance balance unmatched by engineered plastics.
Amodel® PPA (polyphthalamide) is a semi-crystalline polymer formulated to maintain dimensional stability, resist fatigue and combat corrosion better than other polyamides. Due to its impressive chemical and thermal resistance properties, this advanced polymer is suitable for use in applications that must withstand intermittent exposure to hot chlorinated water such as faucet cartridges and stop valves. Additionally, Amodel® PPA delivers long-term reliability at a reduced cost compared to metal for sanitary components.
Specifically suited for aesthetic applications in sanitary systems, Ixef® PARA (polyarylamide) is designed to combine strength and stiffness with a high-quality surface finish. This unique polyamide can be used to fill walls as thin as .05 mm and exhibits excellent creep resistance, reduced shrinkage and low warpage to promote stable and durable sanitary system components. Solvay’s Ixef® PARA is an ideal polymer for complex sanitary applications that require components with overall strength and smooth, versatile surfaces.
OEMs require sophisticated materials that maintain quality performance and efficiency despite harsh conditions found in complex sanitary systems. As the highest performing specialty polymer in its class, Radel® PPSU (polyphenylsulfone) offers leading creep rupture resistance and superior durability against fatigue and mechanical stress. This sulfone polymer withstands continuous exposure to moisture, high temperatures and humidity without cracking or breaking, which is particularly ideal for use in faucet cartridges.
Solvay’s Udel® PSU is a cost-competitive sulfone polymer that provides low creep rupture, high strength and excellent dimensional stability in sanitary components. This innovative amorphous polymer is specially formulated to withstand warpage from moisture and humidity, maintain hydrolytic stability and resist oxidative aging to provide today’s OEMs with a sophisticated polymer that lasts longer than metal-based parts.
Omnix® HPPA offers an impressive cost-performance balance between lower performing PA66 and higher performing polymers. This high-quality polymer maintains hydrolytic and dimensional stability in sanitary applications and outperforms lower-quality materials in strength, stability, heat resistance and warpage to deliver a competitive combination of cost-efficiency and durability in materials for sanitary system components.
Today’s sanitary systems rely on a variety of materials that can offer superior strength and resistance at cost-competitive prices. Solvay’s specialty polymers are engineered to combine high chemical resistance, extreme strength and long-term reliability to contribute to more efficient and durable sanitary systems.