What is thermoplastic polyurethane?
Thermoplastic polyurethane is a thermoplastic elastomer that exhibits properties that are valuable for many industrial applications. TPU is abrasion resistant, oil and grease resistant and has strong mechanical properties. Like other thermoplastic elastomers, it is elastic and is melt-processable. It is transparent and easily colored.
TPU is composed of hard and soft segments, increasing its flexibility and use for different applications. The unique structure of TPU provides it with high resilience, good compression set, resistance to impacts, abrasions, tears, weather, and hydrocarbons. TPU offers this flexibility without the use of plasticizers. It can be used as both a hard and soft engineering thermoplastic.
The soft segments are polyether- or polyester-based, with the polyether-based formulations performing better in wet environments and the polyester-based formulations performing better in applications that are exposed to oil and hydrocarbons. It can be sterilized and maintains flexibility in low temperatures.
TPU can be compounded with many materials to enhance and expand its properties, including increased strength, abrasion resistance, and fuel and oil resistance.
TPU is used for applications in the automotive, medical device, conveyor, and sporting goods industries. Some of the custom TPU parts we manufacture at Preferred Plastics are:
· Automotive and vehicle side molding and supports
· Drive belts
· Chemical resistance
· Low temperature flexibility
· Abrasion and wear resistant
· Good processability
At BRP, we utilize sustainable, environmentally-responsible manufacturing practices, to minimize waste and maximize energy efficiency in our manufacturing.
We provide turnkey extrusion and finishing services. Our two large state-of-the-art facilities are equipped with the latest extruding and finishing equipment, providing the capabilities to manufacture simple and complex shapes to the most exacting specifications. We offer complete finishing services, including close tolerance cutting, precision drilling, notching, punching, trimming, welding, stamping, and custom packaging. Preferred Plastics is ISO 9001:2015 certified.
At BRP, we are committed to manufacturing a high quality part that meets your expectations, is delivered on time and on budget – all supported by superior customer service. We understand that the components and parts we deliver you are critical to the performance of your finished products and that the quality of our products impacts the quality of your products – and that it’s your reputation on the line. It’s that commitment that keeps our customers coming back.