Torlon®: The Problem-Solver

Torlon® polyamide-imide (PAI) is a polymer designed to perform exceptionally well in the harshest conditions. Torlon is a Solvay product, and is unique because it:

  • Maintains strength and stiffness up to 280°C (536°F)
  • Has unsurpassed friction and wear performance at high speeds
  • Has low creep and high stiffness

You can view a complete list, and read more about each of Torlon’s properties, on Solvay’s website here. These properties allow Torlon to perform in environments that are simply too harsh for other thermoplastics. We like to call Torlon a problem-solver for this very reason, because it excels where other thermoplastics fail. It’s properties make it an excellent fit for the automobile, general industrial and aerospace markets.

Allegheny is proud to be an approved injection-molder of Torlon. You can visit Solvay’s website to learn more about the properties of Torlon PAI, as well as applications and technical data sheets, SDS and more.

Manufacturing with Torlon

Manufacturing parts with Torlon can be accomplished three ways:

  • Stock shapes for machining prototypes
  • Machining parts
  • Injection-molding parts

Allegheny regards all three as core competencies and actively supports volumes from a single prototype piece up to millions of production pieces annually. We manufacture high volume parts that are all injection-molded, and we also manufacture parts that are more complex and require machining after being molded. We have the largest Torlon-part manufacturing infrastructure in North America, along with the decades of employee expertise required to ensure that your part will be in excellent hands.

Torlon is technically a thermoset polymer, which are not commonly injection-molded. This means that every step of the manufacturing process is an exact science. Torlon parts that have been injection-molded require an extended post-curing process, for example. Click on one of the Torlon parts below to read a case study and learn more.

We had a severe wear problem…we were getting so close to production…and in just a month-long period [of working with Allegheny] we were in the prototype phase of a solution part…The product itself, out of the gate, worked beautifully. The wear problem was like flipping a switch and it just turned the wear off. It was night and day for us. We couldn’t wear the samples Allegheny provided.

[Allegheny excelled] at all around communication and support. And then the product itself was just stellar.

Engineer, Tier 2 Automotive Company

This Electric Vehicle washer was a rapid solution to a failed metal coated washer, due to excessive wear and tear.

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This injection-molded transmission part eliminated a potential failure mode for an automotive company.

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These ball end retainers, used in a heavy-duty truck, solved a deforming, fretting and delamination issue.

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Your Problem Solved

Is your aerospace part failing to withstand high temperatures? Are you looking to replace a metal part with a part that is smaller and lighter? Do you need to combine several parts into a single, molded part?

At Allegheny, we make “your” problem, “our” problem. Whatever your part problem, whatever your industry – you need a partner that can help you overcome the challenges you’re facing and work with you to deliver a part that performs. At Allegheny Performance Plastics, we focus on understanding your problems. We bring our Torlon manufacturing expertise to the table, and work with you to ensure you end up with a part that meets, or surpasses, your expectations.

Together, we can overcome every engineering challenge you’re facing. Let’s talk about your Torlon part needs.

I am incredibly impressed by [Allegheny Performance Plastics’] technology, and ability to manufacture high-volume low-cost parts, as well as highly technical injection molded parts for the aviation and automotive industries, [as well as] post machining capabilities…They can do mold flow analysis, [for example]..and this kind of support is invaluable to us.

Engineer, Medical Device Start-Up

(From l) Todd, Tanner, Kevin and Greg are part of Allegheny’s team of Torlon experts. We are the customer-facing, applications and technical support team to help guide you through the process of manufacturing your Torlon part, from prototyping to production.

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