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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics has expanded its range of basic shapes to offer a full range of sheets and rods.

Saint-Gobain offers the market standard of 254 x 254mm square sheets, in thicknesses ranging from 1.6mm up to 50.8mm in small incremental steps, and a more economical sheet size of 305 x 305mm in the same thickness range, yielding 44 per cent more material per sheet for added productivity and better economy, since fewer machine setups are needed for the same amount of parts.

The larger sheet dimension also allows the machining of larger parts inside one single sheet, with no need to connect multiple elements to form one component.

In addition to the sheets, isostatically moulded rods are available in 305mm and 940mm lengths and cover a full diameter range, starting at 6.35mm and moving up to 82.5mm in small increments.

The Meldin 7000 Series consists of five grades, with each grade having specific benefits.

Meldin 7001 is the virgin (unfilled) base polyimide with superior electrical and thermal insulation properties.

Meldin 7021 is 15 per cent graphite-filled for universal use in dynamic applications, and Meldin 7022 has 40 per cent graphite added for increased dimensional stability and high-temperature property retention.

Meldin 7211 is filled with 10 per cent PTFE and 15 per cent graphite to offer ultra-low friction generation and Meldin 7003, with its 15 per cent MoS2 filler is used for high-vacuum and ultra-dry applications.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Rencol

With 15 sites and six R&D centres globally, we at the Bearings and Tolerance Rings Group, a division of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, provide ‘engineer-to-engineer solutions-in-motion’ to high-volume international OEMs in the automotive, leisure, energy, industrial, and other markets. Backed by a heritage of product innovation, technology, advanced materials and market leadership, we are dedicated to working with customers using their extensive engineering expertise to deliver standard and custom solutions in NORGLIDE® bearings, RENCOL® tolerance rings, SOLGLIDE® bearings, JOINSHIM® rings, and NORSLIDE® cable liners that meet the most demanding applications.

The Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Bearings and Tolerance Rings Group provides product expertise to six key markets:

  • Automotive (steering systems, powertrain, electric motors, seats and hinges)
  • Bicycles 
  • Solar 
  • Appliances 
  • Industrial valves 
  • Hard disk drives 

Saint-Gobain is a global leader in the design, production and distribution of innovative, high-performance materials for industry and employs more than 195,000 people. With operations in more than 64 countries, Saint-Gobain is the 60th largest employer and among the top 50 global industrial companies worldwide. Saint-Gobain is listed on the stock exchanges of Paris, London, Frankfurt, Zurich, Brussels and Amsterdam. Saint-Gobain’s global strategy is focused around three core markets: 

  • Construction products
  • Innovative materials
  • Building distribution

The company is committed to playing a leading role in developing energy efficient innovations for the housing and construction sectors, protecting the environment, and managing growth in a sustainable fashion.

Saint-Gobain maintains 12 research centres and 101 development units and invests more than €400m in R&D. Saint-Gobain has been at the forefront of innovation for more than 300 years. Last year, Saint-Gobain achieved global sales of almost €42.1bn.

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