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Hoerbiger uses Solvay's KetaSpire PEEK for high-performance compressor plates

News International-French

6 Dec 2013

The company uses glass fiber or carbon fiber reinforced PEEK to injection mold compression valve plates while unfilled KetaSpire PEEK is used in Hoerbiger proprietary formulations to compression mold wear-resistant rings and packings.

The global supplier of compressor components and services, produces reciprocating compressor valve plates (also known as valve sealing elements) and wear-resistant rings and packings utilizing KetaSpire polyetheretherketone (PEEK) resin from Solvay Specialty Polymers. These high-performance components are designed for high service temperatures (up to 246°C/475°F) and meet chemical and fatigue resistance requirements in reciprocating compressors for a range of industries including oil and gas, petrochemical, refining, and other industries.

Hoerbiger compressor plates
The company uses glass fiber or carbon fiber reinforced KetaSpire PEEK to injection mold compression valve plates while unfilled KetaSpire PEEK is used in Hoerbiger proprietary formulations to compression mold wear-resistant rings and packings.

Hoerbiger has chosen Solvay as supplier of PEEK resins. This thermoplastic-based materials used for valve sealing elements alongside base materials including nylon and polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) and is selected when service temperatures exceed the inherent thermal capabilities of these lower melting polymers. The material also withstands aggressive fluids and corrosive substances without suffering deformation or loss of performance. KetaSpire handles high-pressure environments that are encountered in today’s modern reciprocating compressors.

Hoerbiger Corporation of America also produces injection molded stock shapes (rod and tube) and custom molded and machined components made from the same resin for certain oil and gas applications.

KetaSpire is one of the industry’s most chemically resistant plastics and offers a superior combination of strength and toughness, along with superior fatigue resistance and a continuous-use temperature of up to 240°C (464°F). It also exhibits high purity and consistent high quality in processing and part performance. Glass fiber reinforced and carbon fiber reinforced grades provide a wide range of performance options for demanding applications.

About Hoerbiger:
Hoerbiger, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, is a global leader in compression, automation, and drive technology. The company’s product line includes key components and services for compressors and gas-powered engines; piezo technology, hydraulic components and systems for industrial mechanical engineering and valve automation and multi-market applications; and synchronizer components and systems for a wide variety of vehicle types. In the U.S., the company has manufacturing plants in Pompano Beach, Fla., and Houston.

More information: www.solvayplastics.com