Torlon Plastic

Injection Moldable, Unmatched Strength at High Temperatures
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  • High performance, melt processable thermoplastic
  • An alternative to metal for a variety of components
  • Flame retardant, corrosion resistant
Torlon polyamideimide is the highest performance, melt processable thermoplastic available today. Aztec Plastic is the oldest existing processor of Torlon and one of the few companies that has experience with it in a wide range of applications. Extremely lightweight and strong, Torlon plastic can be extruded into shapes and injection molded into a variety of custom geometries. Its unique properties make it highly versatile and the chosen polymer for the aerospace, healthcare, automotive, industrial, agriculture, oil and gas, and other high performance industries.

Torlon properties

Torlon has more strength at temperatures up to 500°F than other engineered plastics do at room temperature and is more impact resistant at cryogenic temperatures than other high strength polymers. At moderate temperatures it is also extremely resistant to chemicals, including corrosive acids and most organics. It is virtually unaffected by aliphatic, aromatic, chlorinated, or fluorinated hydrocarbons.

In addition to being tough against organic and non-organic chemicals, Torlon plastic is half the weight of aluminum and quieter than metal. These qualities result in a lighter product that can increase mechanical efficiency, making Torlon an idea replacement for metal based components.

Torlon’s properties result from its transformation from a thermoplastic to a cross linked thermoset during an extended curing process. Glass reinforced and carbon fiber reinforced grades offer even greater stiffness and enhanced thermal expansion properties, while still remaining strong at high temperatures. These reinforced grades boast additional properties that are extremely beneficial: lightweight, and chemical resistant.

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Types of Torlon plastic

Torlon plastic is available in many forms, and it provides a better solution for a variety of applications.

Torlon 4203 Used for electrical connectors and insulators and other high wear applications due to its high dielectric strength.

Torlon 4275 A highly wear and chemical resistant grade, Torlon 4275 is perfect for bearings and thrust washers.

Torlon 4301 With a low expansion rate and coefficient of friction, Torlon 4301 is engineered for greater wear resistance and is ideal for reciprocating compressor parts, bearing cages, seals, and non-lubricated bearings.

Torlon 4435 Engineered specifically to provide exceptionally low wear in non-lubricated applications, including conditions under high pressure and velocity.

Torlon 4601 This grade has been specially formulated to be wear resistant and moldable in tools with minor undercuts, as well as delivering excellent performance in lubricated wear situations.

Torlon 4630 Ideal for thrust washers, seal rings, sliding vanes, bobbins, bushings, clutch rollers, and pistons, Torlon 4630 is injection moldable and formulated to provide outstanding wear resistance in non-lubricated applications.

Torlon 4645 Engineered for exceptional resistance to wear, creep, and chemicals in lubricated wear environments.

Torlon 5030 A 30% glass fiber reinforced grade of polyamide-imide resin that offers high strength and exceptional creep resistance.

Torlon 7130 A 30% carbon fiber reinforced grade of polyamide-imide resin that has thermal expansion characteristics similar to steel.

Industries using Torlon Plastic

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Aerospace
Torlon is ideally suited for the aerospace industry due to its stability in both hot and cold environments, resistance to corrosive and oxidizing substances, low wear rates, low friction, ability to withstand high pressure, plus it’s lightweight.

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Healthcare
Torlon is ideally suited for the aerospace industry due to its stability in both hot and cold environments, resistance to corrosive and oxidizing substances, low wear rates, low friction, ability to withstand high pressure, plus it’s lightweight.

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Automotive
Torlon is ideally suited for the aerospace industry due to its stability in both hot and cold environments, resistance to corrosive and oxidizing substances, low wear rates, low friction, ability to withstand high pressure, plus it’s lightweight.

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Industrial
Torlon is ideally suited for the aerospace industry due to its stability in both hot and cold environments, resistance to corrosive and oxidizing substances, low wear rates, low friction, ability to withstand high pressure, plus it’s lightweight.

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Agriculture
Torlon is ideally suited for the aerospace industry due to its stability in both hot and cold environments, resistance to corrosive and oxidizing substances, low wear rates, low friction, ability to withstand high pressure, plus it’s lightweight.

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Oil & Gas
Torlon is ideally suited for the aerospace industry due to its stability in both hot and cold environments, resistance to corrosive and oxidizing substances, low wear rates, low friction, ability to withstand high pressure, plus it’s lightweight.

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Consumer Products
Torlon is ideally suited for the aerospace industry due to its stability in both hot and cold environments, resistance to corrosive and oxidizing substances, low wear rates, low friction, ability to withstand high pressure, plus it’s lightweight.

Aztec Plastic has extensive experience working with Torlon. We were one of the first companies to ever process the material in the 1970’s when it was originally invented by Amoco. Over the decades, Torlon changed hands in ownership from Amoco to BP to Solvay Advanced Polymers, and Aztec was there during each transition. To this day, we continue to have Approved Vendor Status from Solvay Advanced Polymers for molding and machining Torlon.

We manufacture a wide variety of products for a range of applications using this material. Examples include our Torlon screws for high voltage and thermal isolation, rectifiers, and high and low voltage inverter parts, and Torlon poppets and spools fighting leakage problems in hydraulic power systems.

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