Udel is a group of thermoplastics that has become more recognized and used over the past few years. This specific group of thermoplastics has the ability to continuously hold up against incredibly hot temperatures that reach as high as 300° F. This material is also resistant to hydrolysis, oxidization, and can withstand being repeatedly sterilized. In particular, it highly resists salt solutions, alkali, mineral acids, hydrocarbon oils, and detergents. Due to the fact that Udel has a strong resistance to moisture, radiation, oxidization, and extreme temperatures, as well as many other elements, it has been deemed safe and acceptable for use in the food industry. It has been approved by the FDA, NSF, the Dairy Association and the Department of Agriculture for use in different parts of the industry.
Udel is utilized and considered ideal for a number of applications including, parts for faucets (i.e. hot water fittings, cartridges), medical devices (i.e. heart valve holders), membranes for bioprocessing and water treatment, and plumbing manifolds. In addition, Udel is considered to be a high-value plastic product and has shown consistent standards of quality, machinability, and performance. It continues to be improved and is part of the new Advanced Engineering Plastic Products (AEEP) program for DSM’s line of advanced plastic shock shapes.