Dedicated Process Expertise in Torlon® & PEEK Extrusion, Injection Molding & Fabrication
Drake Plastics is
located on 25 acres in Cypress,
northwest of Houston. Our headquarters site includes four buildings totaling 30,000 square feet
of office and manufacturing space dedicated to the extrusion, molding and machining of Torlon® and
PEEK based materials. Drake’s facility is the largest Torlon® and PEEK dedicated
conversion facility in the world.
in-house designed extruders are made to convert the world’s most
challenging resins. Every product we extrude--from .050” (1.27
mm) Torlon® PAI strand up to 6.0”
(152.4 mm ) rod--is produced in single-piece flow,
one millimeter at a
time. This, combined with continuous feedback control, ensures that key
process variables are maintained to exacting specifications for optimum
product quality and consistency.
Every resin grade processed at Drake is dried in a dedicated ultra-high
efficiency dryer. This eliminates cross contamination risks and batch
blending. Moisture control is a key variable for producing high
quality, consistent shapes for machined parts.
After each run the entire extruder is stripped, cleaned and re-tooled
for the next run. Extruded products are supplied thoroughly post
cured, ensuring optimum performance. That is the Drake difference.
Drake has molding capacity from 35 up to 300 tons, including three new
state of the art Toyo injection-compression molding machines. Each machine is RJG, process control ready and available on a per part basis.We mold
both neat and highly loaded high performance resins in shot sizes
ranging from .001 oz. up to 24 oz. The injection compression machines
allow us to selectively orient surface fibers in order to maximize
strength and stiffness and to fully consolidate heavy cross sections.
We can complete small runs fast and can handle larger parts and near
net shapes that require finish machining. After process development
optimizes part attributes, process parameters are saved in our machines
memory (and redundantly backed up) for exact recall every subsequent
run, providing highly consistent, repeatable parts.
All Torlon® molded parts are fully cured and PEEK products annealed prior to shipment.
After each run the entire molding machine is disassembled, cleaned and set up for the next run.
That is the Drake
Machining and Prototyping
If your design is still changing or quantities do not justify the
tooling expense of injection molding, let us provide machined parts
from one of our standard or custom Torlon® or PEEK shapes. For
complex geometries, assemblies or industry-specific parts, we can
recommend a qualified fabricator that specializes in the production of
parts from our materials.
We provide many standard parts such as bushings, bearings, balls and
seals, operating the latest CNC machine tools. We utilize diamond
tooling to optimize surface finishes and to deliver the most
dimensionally consistent parts.
All parts are delivered with inspection reports.
Torlon® wear parts and parts
designated for harsh chemical service can be re-cured after machining as required.
That is the Drake difference.