Polymics, Ltd. is an independent developer and manufacturer of ultra-high performance engineering polymers.
Polymics is differentiated by an exclusive focus on high performance compounds and vertical production capabilities in polymer products, allowing them to service customers’ needs from material development through finished part production. Founded in 1994 by Dr. Tim Hsu, the company’s 20 employees manufactures high performance thermoplastic materials used in technology industries such as electronic processing, oil and gas exploration, and industrial and medical manufacturing.
Polymics identified multiple growth opportunities in new project lines, specifically reaching out to meet needs within the growing gas industry. In order to develop them, Polymics required support and assistance. Polymics approached IMC, a NIST MEP affiliate, for support.
Through the second project a design was created and materials were gathered that would be used to produce an Oil Field Containment System. Polymics observed problems that were being encountered with the cohesiveness and flaking in the grout. They also noticed a need for improvement in bonding for the new Thermo Liner.
IMC supported Polymics in the development of a grout that could withstand high temperatures for use in the pipeline market.
IMC connected with Penn State College of Engineering’s Pennsylvania Transportation Institute and the Learning Factory program to develop the solutions to these challenges. Together, they were able to assist one another in the development of the new grout, which overcame the problems identified and supported use in high temperature and high pressure applications.
To address the high temp grout opportunity, research was conducted and a mockup was fabricated to test the final product. Following the test, the results indicated that the high temperatures along with significant pressure could be withstood by the grout.
Polymics also identified an opportunity to develop a containment system, which would allow for safe transportation of production fluids. This was performed by Penn State engineering students who designed interlocking sections that could be assembled at a well site, while maintaining a leak-proof seal. Research was conducted to identify the proper materials to resist mechanical loads and chemical exposure.
- Created 2 new jobs
- $100,000 in new sales
- $450,000 in capital and product/process investment
- Expanded into a new market