Composite Materials for Heavy and Process Industries

A diverse and adaptable set of material options

Strong, tough, durable material options.

Norplex-Micarta uses various resin and substrate combinations that allow thermal and mechanical performance to be tailored to specific heavy and process industry applications. Cloth reinforcement provides high strength without the tool wear produced by fiberglass or metal.

And unlike most thermoplastics, thermoset resins provide superior thermal resistance, enabling them to withstand high temperatures created by cutting tools without breaking down, burning, or gumming up tool-cutting surfaces. Norplex-Micarta’s products have electrical insulation, thermal insulation, and thermal resistance properties, making them ideal for various applications including industrial gaskets and high temperature gaskets.

Compared to metal options, thermosets cost less and provide wear resistance, electrical insulation, and thermal insulation not offered by metal materials. They can also increase machining speeds, thereby boosting the productivity for fabricators of these product lines.

Norplex-Micarta materials come in variations ranging from thin gauges to sheets 12 inches thick. Some types can be punched using cold punching dies, while others can be machined with normal metalworking tools. Applications include bearings, high temperature gaskets, industrial gaskets, washer/bolt/flange insulation components, cryogenic insulation components, and other specialty components.

Thermoset composites have unique benefits such as: self-lubricated, shock resistant, easily fabricated, chemical resistance, and dimensional stability.

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Corrosion and Chemical Resistance

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Difficult Service Conditions

Thermoset composite materials that resist the damaging effects of harsh chemicals and corrosive environments.


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Liquid Nitrogen

Glass-epoxy and cotton-phenolic sheets and stock shapes that have proven themselves through years of service in the demanding industrial applicaitons.

Bearing and Wear

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Utilizing well known resin systems with new an innovative reinforcements to optimize the bulk and triboligical properties of composites for demanding bearing and wear applications.

Have a unique requirement for strength, running speed, wear rate, or material compatibility?
Contact our applications engineers to discuss how thermoset composites can be customized for your specific application.