Thermoplastic Elastomers: Education
Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE’s) are a class of polymers that behave similar to thermoset rubber but allow for thermoplastic processing which in turn, allows for much greater flexibility for manufacturing freedom. Greater allowance for manufacturing freedom in turn allows for greater design flexibility and custom options!
TPE’s allow for:
- Design flexibility
- Cost effective, yet high performance sealing solutions
- Low or high surface coefficient of friction
- Shock absorption
- • Chemical resistance and great temperature performance (specific material selection can yield high performance for both HIGH and COLD climate specific applications!)
- Superior air/water sealing performance
- Variety of custom profile shapes
- Multiple color options
Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE’s) can be manipulated in a number of ways to achieve YOUR SPECIFIC SEALING REQUIREMENTS!!
- Durometer (material hardness) selection of TPE durometer allows the freedom to create custom compression seals that meet a multitude of compression force requirements.
- Wall thickness (profile seal design) can be modified to exact specification to increase/decrease compression characteristics.
Ultra Glide® Seals
- • Extremely low surface friction, this specially formulated TPE material is a great, low cost alternative to foam. It’s easy to clean; dust and dirt wipe off easily. Superior performance, select any base configuration, T-slot or Push-in.
T-slot Extruded Seals
- • High quality, UV stabilized TPE material offers excellent compression set resistance. Ultra Glide® formulation also available with standard and custom backing widths. Offset T-slots available.
Push-in Extruded Seals
- High quality TPE material in a variety of shapes and sizes for kerf mounting or dart mounting in vinyl, pultruded, composite, aluminum or wood kerf retention slots.
Polypropylene Leaf Seals
- Versatile, durable, high quality seals; excellent for sliding applications.
Flexible and Rigid PVC Seals
- High quality, UV stabilized material with excellent weatherability and economical prices.
MEETING YOUR NEEDS
UCx™ Extruded Components are manufactured to meet or exceed your needs and expectations. Our high quality products offer:
- Physical stability with unmatched adhesion between the TPE bulb & the polypropylene base
- Excellent compression set resistance and low closing forces.
- Excellent weatherability, UV resistance and chemical resistance.
- Superior color consistency in 5 standard colors, Black, Brown, White, Tan, or Grey, or custom colors.
- Positive retention in kerf-mounted applications.
- Automation systems for easy bulb seal insertion.
- Engineered Resins for extreme applications (severe weather, temperature, heat, humidity).
- UCx™ integrates CAD-based technology with multi-axis EDM machining centers to develop high quality extrusion dies at reasonable prices. Dies are designed and manufactured for high quality tight tolerances, excellent processing properties and long life. Tooling is designed for efficient manufacturing which means more cost effective products for you.
- Ultrafab’s custom online extruder insertion equipment and fabricator insertion equipment can be fully utilized for both Pile Weatherseals and Extruded Profile bulb seals. Ask us to assist with customized equipment to meet your insertion requirements!
UCx™ has the ability to process a wide variety of materials with a wide range of physical, mechanical and chemical properties. We will work with you to produce a cost effective solution for your application requirements. Commonly used materials include:
- Rigid PVC Exterior Grade for weatherability, impact resistance and long-term durability
- Flexible PVC Exterior Grade for economical sealing, capping and coextruded applications
- TPE’s (Thermoplastic Elastomers) for high performance sealing and retention
- Polyolefins add rigidity to TPE and coextruded products
- Filled Polyolefins for increased rigidity, high stress, high heat and superior chemical resistance
UcX Compression Seal Choices
|Compression bulb and leaf seal gap coverage (Inch)
||.240" to .625"
|Standard Backing Widths
|Custom Backing Options
||Dart, Snap and Compression fit options available
||Available in standard .187” and .270” backing widths. Custom design also available.
||Black, White, Grey, Beige, Brown
|Durometer (Shore A)
|| 55 shore A to 90 shore A (Custom durometers also available)