Not all TPE is made equally. How you process material can have a great effect on how it performs. StarXtrude™, our line of extrusion grade thermoplastic elastomers, is designed specifically for extrusion processes and performance in extruded parts. Whether your application requires extrusions that are small and narrow, large and wide, flexible, or rigid, StarXtrude™ TPEs can provide the processability and properties you need to set your product apart from others in the market.
Some common uses include window seals, profiles, RV compartment seals, co-extrusion parts, beverage dispensing tubing, peristaltic pump tubing, eyeglass leashes and more.
What are Thermoplastic Elastomers?
Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are flexible, rubber-like materials that are highly stretchable and useful in a variety of industries. They can be stretched to more than twice their original size and shape while still maintaining their structural integrity. TPEs are true thermoplastics, and do not require vulcanization or curing. Thermoplastic elastomers are used in a variety of processes from injection molding to two-shot molding, blow molding and extrusion. On the hardness scale, they range from rigid and firm to soft and gel-like.
TPEs can be colored, making them useful in a range of products from toys to medical equipment. Rubber balls, shoe insoles and motorcycle grips are just a few of the examples of TPEs in action. Unlike their counterparts, TPEs can withstand temperature extremes without warping or cracking. Because of their ability to absorb shock, TPEs are often used as handlebar grips and in prosthetic devices.
TPEs are tear-resistant yet soft to the touch. They offer noise reduction and vibration minimization, making them especially useful in the automotive industry. TPEs are the most commonly used polymer in grippy plastics like those that are commonly found in exercise equipment. Thermoplastic elastomers dominate products all around us. The rubber grips on toothbrushes, dog chew toys and the handles on garden tools are all examples of thermoplastic elastomers in action. This versatile polymer is great for a variety of uses and can be customized for your manufacturing needs.