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How Specialty Polymers are Advancing Plumbing Processes for Manufacturers

Today’s OEMs depend on high-grade, reliable polymers for plumbing to build advanced piping components for a wide spectrum of plumbing systems. To meet these demands, Syensqo offers a broad range of Drinking Water approved specialty polymers that remain dimensionally, thermally and hydrolytically stable in the extremely rigorous environments found in plumbing devices. Additionally, the exceptional chemical and thermal resistance properties of Syensqo’s high-performance polymers for plumbing help lower costs and increase efficiency in various applications. 


Excellent Corrosion Resistance

Sophisticated plumbing systems require corrosion-resistant polymers to withstand harsh chemicals and constant exposure to high temperatures and moisture. Specifically, hot chlorinated or fresh water plumbing systems are contingent on complex material properties to build high-grade components using corrosion-resistant polymers. Syensqo’s specialty polymers for plumbing offer outstanding thermal and chemical resistance to ensure long-term mechanical stability within a wide variety of plumbing environments.

Resistance of High-Performance Plastics to Chloroamines

Aged at 70 °C (160 °F) for 8 weeks (1,344 hours) in a 50-ppm monochloramine (NH2Cl) solution prepared according to ASTM D6284a.


For more information on this data refer to the technical bulletin: Resistance of High-Performance Plastics to Chloroamines at Elevated Temperatures.


No Contamination by Heavy Metals 

Today’s plumbing systems demand the assurance of pure and drinkable water with no contamination by heavy metals all along the network. While traditional metal-based materials for plumbing systems are susceptible to contamination, Syensqo’s contamination-resistant plastics are Drinking Water Approved and exhibit no heavy metal impurities. When considering materials like PPSU versus heavy metals in applications including pipes, fittings, manifolds, water meters, and stop valves, OEM’s can rely on Syensqo’s polymers for metal replacement in plumbing. From Radel® PPSU (polyphenylsulfone) to Solef® PVDF (Polyvinylidene fluoride) or Ryton® PPS (polyphenylene sulfide), Syensqo’s contamination-resistant polymers hold the highest standard against heavy metal contamination in plumbing. 

Ease of Assembly 

Increased ease of assembly is essential for the efficiency in modern, complex manufacturing processes. Traditional metal installations usually require professional-level hot gas welding at extremely high temperatures. Our chemists formulate moldable polymers for plumbing that do not require any welding and can be assembled by do-it-yourself installers. In addition to eliminating the welding process, Syensqo’s specialty polymers for water applications, such as Ryton® PPS (polyphenylene sulfide), facilitate extremely versatile moldable injections, which helps manufacturers fit parts to the exact shapes that they need for specific plumbing components.


Cost Competitive

OEMs rely on more cost competitive, effective and longer lasting materials to lower manufacturing costs while ensuring the production of high-quality plumbing systems. Our cost-competitive polymers for plumbing offer parts consolidation to reduce initial production costs and provide the plumbing market with a more cost-effective solution than traditional metals. These reliable polymers for plumbing also outperform metal-based components and maintain optimum stability over longer periods of time. Accordingly, the use of Syensqo’s specialty polymers for plumbing systems ensures longer part life and requires less capital for long-term repairs.
The construction industry is shifting to polymers for metal replacement in plumbing to ensure cost-effectiveness, greater corrosion resistance and the assurance of no heavy metal contamination. Today’s advanced plumbing systems depend on the complex design and enhanced durability of Syensqo’s specialty polymers to offer solutions with more stability and resistance than traditional metal-based plumbing pipe systems.