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Certifications & Quality

Drake Plastics’ Quality Management System is certified to the worldwide aerospace industry’s AS9100D(2016) and ISO 9001:2015. We apply these rigorous aerospace requirements to all customers, regardless of industry.

We specialize in converting a variety of grades of ultra-high-performance polymers into extruded machinable shapes, injection molded parts, and precision machined parts. The Torlon® PAI formulations we process and fabricate include Torlon 4203/ 4203L, 4275, 4301, 5030 and 7130 and other specialty grades. Within the PEEK polymer family, the grades we offer include Victrex® 450G, CA30, GL30, FC30 and High-Temperature PEK “HT”, as well as KetaSpire KT-820 NT, CF30, GF30 and XT920 high-temp PEEK. Drake also offers Ryton® R-4 PPS, AvaSpire® PAEK and Ultem® 2300 PEI.

Our extrusion equipment incorporates Drake-engineered and built hardware and systems that let us optimize and maintain process parameters specific to each material. This rigid control helps ensure consistent quality, appearance and performance. As an added quality assurance measure, Drake’s single-piece workflow approach to manufacturing focuses on producing one flawless product at a time.

For both quality and efficiency, Drake also continually invests to maintain state-of-the-art capabilities in our parts manufacturing operations. The CNC equipment in our precision machining facility and the SPC and in-cavity process control of every shot from our injection molding department represent the best available technology for producing ultra high-performance polymers to Drake standards.

In addition, our inspection equipment matches the precision with which we make parts. It includes density verification, CT scanning capabilities, optical comparators, surface finish inspection equipment, CMMs and many other tools as needed to meet customers’ requirements.

We offer DSC thermal characterization and can provide machined or injection molded ASTM and ISO mechanical test specimens and testing services utilizing our calibrated Instron Universal Testing Machine. Injection molded or machined parts also can be tested according to customer specifications and requirements with fixturing specific to each part design.

Lean operating practices characterize all areas of our business. Our team consistently works to improve efficiency and maintain the flexibility to serve customers’ needs from prototypes, development work and small lot custom products to high volume manufacturing.

Drake Quality System and Certifications

AS9001D(2016) based on ISO 9001:2015

The Registration covers the Quality Management System for the manufacturer of specialty high-performance extruded and injection molded plastic materials and parts.


RoHS, REACH and California Prop 65

Drake Plastics does not add any substances or additives during processing, and therefore complies with any RoHS, REACH, or California Prop 65 declarations made by our resin suppliers: click here for all Solvay products, or here for Victrex PEEK products.

If you require additional information from Drake, just ask us.

Torlon Material Certifications

Torlon products supplied by Drake Plastics are shipped with certification at no additional charge. Torlon resins used in our processes meet the requirements of AMS 3670 and ASTM D5204 (replacement for Mil-P-46179A).

Hamilton Sundstrand MS29.04, Boeing Specification BMS-8269, Honeywell MCS7004 and General Electric Specification A50TF190 can be supplied upon request.


International Traffic in Arms (ITAR)

Drake Plastics is an ITAR registered manufacturer with the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).

Our Registration Code is M40148. For additional information, please Ask Drake.

POST CURE

All Drake produced Torlon products are supplied ‘post cured’ (typical minimum Tg is 276º C). This provides customers with tough, wear resistant non-melting thermoset parts, ideal for bearings, structural and electrical components.

PEEK Material Certifications

PEEK materials supplied by Drake Plastics are shipped with certification at no additional charge. PEEK resins used in our processes meet the requirements of Mil-P 46183.

Drake Quality Policy

Drake Plastics pursues perfection in the products we produce and services we render.