VICTREX PEEK (polyetheretherketone) is a semicrystalline thermoplastic with fantastic mechanical and chemical resistance properties that are retained to high temperatures. VICTREX PEEK has a wider range of processing options, is lighter and more durable than many metal counterparts, and as such makes an effective and cost efficient replacement for metals.
BENEFITS OF REPLACING METAL WITH VICTREX PEEK
One of the reasons that VICTREX PEEK is considered to be a high-end engineering plastic is the range of processing options that give engineers much more flexibility with how they approach their projects.
VICTREX PEEK can be processed in many ways, including through injection moulding, compression moulding and extrusion into shapes, film or fibres. It’s readily machinable and recent advancements have allowed shape memory activation.
VICTREX PEEK possesses mechanical properties with a high temperature, erosion, wear resistance and very low creep. This robustness has led to VICTREX PEEK being used in a wide range of demanding applications such as bearings, piston parts and cable insulation.
LIGHTER, BUT JUST AS STRONG
One of the key challenges for many OEMs is to make gains with not just cost, but also the quality of the components and products their produce. Components made from VICTREX PEEK can offer an equivalent strength and stiffness to their metal counterparts...but with up to 70% weight reduction!
VICTREX PEEK is fully recyclable and when used for components in the automotive and aviation industry, the reduced weight leads to improved fuel efficiency.
In an increasingly environmentally conscious consumer world, making efficiency savings across a fleet of aircraft or any new product being launched is a great step forward, and the superior durability of VICTREX PEEK components means they also have a longer lifecycle.
HOW CAN WE HELP?
AFT Fluorotec has been producing plastic machined components in PTFE, VICTREX PEEK and engineering plastics for over 25 years. We work with all of our clients to explore solutions to their problems – how can we help you?