An electrical component used on the F-22 fighter required a heavier cross-section than had previously been produced in Torlon 5030. Drake designed and built tooling, developed the process, and delivered this new size within six weeks.
Precision machined Torlon poppets, seats and spools operate at 5000 psi (34 Mpa) and extend service life. Increased operating pressures enable significant system cost savings and weight reduction.
Drake’s Seamless Tube® capability has been used to solve dimensional stability and service life problems in the printing of two-piece aluminum cans. Drake is working in close cooperation with North America’s leading fabricator of can mandrels, Blair Machine and Tool … Continued
Drake’s unique ability to produce Seamless Torlon Tube® has enabled many new applications to be served with Torlon. Further refinements in our process are underway to produce on final size as well as thin wall sections.
Drake Plastics has recently developed a process to extrude Torlon to a .050″ (1.27 mm) size. The initial applications include precision all and journal bearings.
Torlon 4435 offers unmatched wear performance at high PV’s without external lubrication (see figure). In addition to its groundbreaking wear performance, Torlon 4435 offers excellent mechanical properties, including high strength and heat resistance.
Drake Plastics developments like this 130 mm Torlon Seamless Tube® is enabling technology for future aircraft generators, where more output is required from smaller, lighter weight units.
The Ferrari race team Risi Competizione has upgraded to Torlon 4435 suspension bushings supplied by Drake Plastics. Each car has 8 upper and 8 lower bushings. Factory bushing material wears out and has to be changed between every race. The … Continued
From modern compressors to old-school superchargers, Torlon 4435 sliding vanes are breathing new life into rotary vane machinery. In addition to a dramatic extension in life, Torlon 4435 vanes reduce operating cost by requiring less lubrication. Torlon’s high temperature capability … Continued
Tough, lightweight and non-conductive, Torlon 4203 is the material of first choice for drop tank and in-flight refueling connects for Allied air forces around the world. Drake’s extensive Seamless Tube® capability enables parts to be made quickly and economically. Additionally, … Continued