WEB EXCLUSIVE: A 30% glass-reinforced PPE alloy newly offered globally by Sabic Innovative Plastics, Pittsfield, Mass., complies with both current European and global sustainability regulations governing materials used in potable water systems as well as new, tougher regulations that go into effect in 2016. Noryl FE1630PW boasts excellent hydrological performance in both cold and hot water systems. Applications include hydroblocks for boilers used for heating and drinking water, facet cartridges, and shower-head water-guide parts.
The new PPE is said to deliver long-term water resistance under conditions of fluctuating temperature (up to 85 C) and pressure, including water hammer. Its performance has been substantiated in testing at Sabic’s Fluid Engineering Center of Excellence Laboratory in the Netherlands. Excellent processability is also claimed. It also reportedly meets tightening global specifications on compliance of glass fibers and sizings with U.S. and European food-contact requirements.