MATERIALS: Certified PEEK Stock Shapes For Petrochemical, Oil, Gas Use

Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products now offers first and largest portfolio of certified PEEK stock shapes for oil, gas and petrochemical industries.

Mitsubishi Plastics’ wholly-owned subsidiary Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products (EPP), Reading, Penn., has introduced Ketron PEEK 1000 stock shapes which reportedly are the first globally to achieve Norsork M-710 (sour gas aging) certification—key standard for the oil, gas, and petrochemical sectors, and which prompt an industrywide shift change from resin data to shape data. These sectors, which work in some of the most severe conditions-- extreme temperature and high-low pressure fluctuations (HPHT/HPLT) along with corrosive challenges--are always searching for ways to fight high maintenance costs and reduced application efficiency.

            Says Quadrant EPP global market segments manager Frank Olmos, “Certified stock shapes are an industry first; most engineers are used to specifying certified resins. The problem with relying on resin data alone is that any shape converter can take good resin and make a high-stress material with poor properties.” The Ketron PEEK shapes are said to be dimensionally stable materials that deliver maximum resistance to extreme conditions in downhole, upstream, and midstream applications and also increase meantime between rebuilds in turbomachinery and pump applications. Quadrant labyrinth seals reportedly provide greater compressor efficiency, reduced tolerances, and the increased performance over a far longer service life. According to Olmos, Quadrant’s advancements in material technology, enable compressor manufacturers to experience performance improvements due to superior part design as well as lighter weight components that greatly enhance durability—all at a lower cost for the production part development, which is not achievable with traditional materials such as metals and alloys.  

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