Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)

KEP puts our product knowledge to work to identify the type of compound you need and manufacture it to your exacting specifications. Need a compound that is resistant to abrasion and ozone and also maintains a rubbery feel? For many customers, our Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) compound proves to be the best solution.

Get insight into your project.
Ask a question. Request a prototype.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

TPU Manufactured to Exacting Specifications

To meet the manufacturing challenges of a wide range of industries and applications, thermoplastic polyurethane offers outstanding versatility and resistance. TPU’s are an excellent choice when high abrasion resistance, chemical resistance, and clarity are needed for your application.

Tell our experts at KEP exactly what you need and we’ll get to work to manufacture a product to your exacting specifications! At KEP, we monitor all phases of production and check to ensure every product our customers receive is high-quality and consistent. Dimensions are controlled by in-line laser gauges and all products are made in the USA.

TPU Properties and Uses

TPUs are soft and processable when heated and hard when cooled, which allows for this compound to be manipulated for a variety of manufacturing purposes. Common manufacturing uses for TPU include extrusion or injection molding. Thermoplastic polyurethane is resistant to abrasion and to varying degrees, oil, grease, solvents, and chemicals. TPU also ranks among the best for load bearing capability which makes it a popular compound choice.

Available in a range of hardness grades, TPU’s chemical and physical properties, mechanical characteristics and biocompatibility make this compound a great choice for a wide range of industries, including medical applications. In addition to medical devices, this compound is also a popular material for sporting goods, tubing, wire, protective coatings and more.

K-3000 TPU Compound

KEP’s K-3000 TPU compound is a soft polyether type polyurethane that provides excellent clarity with a slightly yellow tint. Available in a natural finish along with other surface finishes, this compound has excellent colorability for a wide range of product colors.

K-3000’s high elasticity and flexibility, even while under extreme conditions, give this compound an operating temperature of -40 to 168° F (-40 to 75.5° C). This range is ideal for outdoor applications like sporting equipment and more. Our K-3000 compound also meets FDA food grade requirements.

Performance as Alternative Compound

Thermoplastic polyurethane serves as an alternative compound to rubber with similar properties and strength, including abrasion resistance, maintaining a soft rubbery feel, and strong resistance to ozone. TPU won’t lose structural integrity when reprocessed multiple times and is an ideal compound choice for a wide array of manufacturing needs which demand the qualities of both rubber and plastic.

Ask KEP about the best uses for thermoplastic polyurethane or have us create a prototype for the TPU product you have in mind – our experts at KEP ensure that products manufactured with our TPU compound best serve our customers and their industries’ demands. We’re only a phone call away – contact us today to get to work on your TPU product!

KEP Products

Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) Tubing

Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) Tubing

A trusted alternative for many latex and silicone tubing applications.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Tubing

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Tubing

For applications that require stability we produce PVC tubing to your exact specifications.

Latex Tubing

Latex Tubing

We’re the only manufacturer of natural rubber latex tubing in the U.S. – trusted for over 50 years. Let’s work together to create the product you need.

Latex Tubing

Surgical Tubing

KEP delivers leadership, expertise, and innovation in surgical tubing. Our customer service is second to none and our manufacturing is certified lean.

Dip-Molded Parts

Dip-Molded Parts

Choose us to manufacture your dip-molded parts and shorten your product-development cycles and minimize start-up costs.

Free-Band® Tourniquets

Free-Band® Tourniquets

Concerned about latex sensitivity? We manufacture a proprietary blend of materials specifically chosen to provide physical properties that closely resemble latex.

Material Compounds

Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)

Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE)

A soft and durable non-latex choice. Available in FDA, NSF and USP Class VI material compounds which makes it safe for a variety of industries.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Our PVC compounds are resistant and non-toxic. Choose from medical-grade options and a variety of custom compounds to fit your specific needs.

Natural Rubber Latex

Natural Rubber Latex

Latex options to fit your exacting specifications and expertise our customers have trusted for over 50 years.

Neoprene

Neoprene

These compounds feature excellent adhesion, durability, and resistance to flames, oils, and more, making is a great choice for a variety of different uses.

Synthetic Polyisoprene

Synthetic Polyisoprene

We remove the proteins found in natural rubber latex that cause allergies, but this compound is made from the same flexible and versatile polymer.

Santoprene™ (TPV)

Santoprene™ (TPV)

Our NSF, FDA and Medical TPV compounds are versatile for use in numerous applications including food and beverage.

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)

Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU)

This compound has excellent clarity and chemical resistance, making it a great choice for applications that require more durability.

Data Sheets

Data Sheets

Download each sheet for in-depth view of our compound offerings and their technical specs.

TPU Data Sheets

Learn more about our TPU compound offerings and their technical specs.

Talk with KEP

We're accessible any way you want.

PO Box 668
Kent, OH 44240

800.331.4762

info@kentelastomer.com

Contact us.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

KEP Customized Tubing Solutions

We love a challenge.

What's yours?

Optimize efficiency?
Build a prototype?
Improve product or customer service?

Let's make it happen!

Next compound / Natural Rubber Latex

Meeting the demands of our customers with excellent elasticity in versatile specifications.