Nylon Family

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Nylon is a family of thermoplastic polyamides which have become a mainstay in modern society. This diverse group of materials is found almost everywhere in applications from yarns for many types of textiles such as clothing to toothbrush bristles and nylon tubing. Once melted, nylon can be molded into shapes or extruded as tubing or fiber. Nylon is particularly amenable to synthetic direction resulting in a diverse population of nylon products for an equally diverse spectrum of applications.

Our nylons are produced using sophisticated material science and processes to enhance properties such as temperature resistance and elastic memory. As a pioneer in the extrusion of precision engineered polymers, we recognize the unique performance attributes of Nylon 6/6, 11, 12, and PEBA.

Since its development in 1935, nylon tubing has found a home in many areas of everyday life including the automotive, aerospace, and medical industries. Today the family of nylon resins has expanded to meet the demands of a wide array of custom applications.

At Zeus, we have expanded our nylon portfolio to encompass engineered resins such as Zytel®, Rilsan®, Grilamid®, Vestamid®, Pebax®, PEBX Glide™ – a more lubricious version of PEBA, and others to give our customers more choices in advanced performance nylon tubing.

Nylon Tubing Products

  • Extruded Tubing
  • Lay-Flat™ Tubing
  • Spiral Cut Tubing
  • Sub-Lite-Wall™
  • Bump Tubing

Optimized for Your Application

While we have many standard nylon tubing offerings, we especially excel in custom applications. We regularly partner with customers to develop new products or seek enhancements of existing products.

Our team applies a wealth of resources to conceive and then produce tubing that meets individual project specifications. The resources we bring to bear include our technical sales team, research and development, state-of-the-art analytical and test labs, a generous sample program, and multiple facilities in North America and internationally.

Our nylon tubing solutions are available in a wide range of made-to-order sizes, properties, and extruded forms. These forms range from ultra-thin Sub-Lite-Wall™ tubing to long continuous lengths of precision Lay-Flat™ tubing. Even challenges such as multi-lumen bump tubing for high precision minimally invasive surgical devices are within Zeus’ capabilities.

More information on the properties of nylon resins can be found in our Technical Resources section.

If you have any questions about our nylon tubing, or if you would like to evaluate samples, please contact our team or call toll-free in the US 1-800-526-3842 or +1-803-268-9500 internationally to speak with your Technical Account Manager.

Note: The information in the Zeus website, catalog, and other sources presents and discusses generally accepted properties for non-pigmented virgin polymer resins from which Zeus fabricates its line of extruded products. Actual properties may change due to processing method, resin grade, extruded dimensions, and other variables. It is the end user’s responsibility to fully evaluate and test the fitness of the product for their specific application.

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  • Nylon 6/6

    Trade Name: Zytel 42A and ST801


    • Good abrasion resistance when compared to Nylon 6
    • The strongest aliphatic nylon
    • Increased stiffness with the addition of glass fiber
    • Better low temperature toughness than Acetal, PBT, or Nylon 6
    • Good fatigue resistance
    • Outstanding tenacity and elasticity
    • High melting point of 505 °F (263 °C)

    Suitable for:

    • Transportation systems
    • Telecommunications
    • Environmental
    • Medical devices
    • Fluid handling
  • Nylon 11

    Trade Name: Rilsan® B


    • Low water absorption (<1 % at 50 % RH)
    • An “all-weather” nylon; excels in extreme climates
    • High impact resistance at sub-zero temperatures
    • Dimensionally stable
    • High abrasion resistance
    • Chemically resistant

    Suitable for:

    • Medical
    • Automotive
    • Electrical cables
    • Pneumatic and hydraulic systems
    • Petroleum industry / drilling
  • Nylon 12

    Trade Name: Grilamid® L25, TR55, TR55 LX; Rilsan® A, Vestamid® L2140


    • Lowest water absorption (<2 % at saturation)
    • Good dimensional stability and electrical properties
    • Tougher than Nylon 11
    • Comparatively low density
    • Good chemical and stress crack resistance
    • Very flexible grades available
    • Transparent and opaque colors available
    • FDA and BGA approved for food contact

    Suitable for:

    • Medical
    • Optical
    • Electronics
    • Automotive
    • Mechanical engineering
    • Domestic appliances
  • PEBA [Poly(ether-block-amide)]

    Trade Name: Pebax® 7233, 7033, 6333, 5533, 4033, 3533; PEBX Glide™


    • High elastic memory
    • Excellent flexibility and impact resistance at low temperatures
    • Tougher than Nylon 11
    • Comparatively low density
    • Low water absorption (<1.3 % at 50 % RH)
    • Low coefficient of friction (PEBX Glide™)
    • Available in Shore D hardness from 35-72
    • Broad spectrum of desirable mechanical properties

    Suitable for:

    • Medical catheters
    • Sub-assembly aids
    • Electrical and Electronics
    • Fiber optics
    • Packaging
    • Textiles