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Catalog Number 2016.001.038
Description Raychem Corporation Betalloy Strips, c. 1957-1999. These four metal strips (A-D) are made from a beta brass alloy given the trade name "Betalloy," which contains copper, zinc, aluminum, and manganese. The strips are rectangular and each has "Raychem" incised at the left end. One of the strips is bent in the middle to form an arch.

XRF (X-ray fluorescence) report and email on composition attached to media tab of Object Record.
Object Name Wire, Electric
Collection 3D - Electrical & Magnetic Tools & Equipment
Title Raychem Corporation Betalloy Strips, c. 1957-1999
Date c. 1957-1999
Creator Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "Raychem" (incised in metal on one side to far end).
Notes "Raychem was founded on January 1, 1957. It grew rapidly by creating proprietary new products based on Radiation processing of polymers to meet critical and difficult industry needs for electrical circuit integrity in harsh environments. Included in these initial products were irradiated wire insulation and heat shrinkable tubing. Markets included Aerospace, Military, Automotive, Telecommunications and Electrical Power Generation markets.
"In 1968, Raychem acquired Chemelex leading Raychem to extend its radiation polymer processing technology to polymers filled with conductive carbon creating a family of "Self Limiting Heaters". This technology was further extended to produce resettable switches forming the enabling technology for the "Polyswitch" Division.
"As Raychem grew into a world class Material Science Company, additional technologies explored, developed and taken to market were Heat Recoverable Metals, Piezoelectric Materials (Elographics), Silicone Gels (Geltek) and Liquid Crystals (Taliq).
"Each year, Raychem devoted between 8 and 10 percent of sales into Research and Development resulting in thousands of new products based on the technologies listed above. Research and Product Development labaratories, in addition to Menlo Park and Redwood City were established in Swindon, UK, Kessel-Lo, Belgium, Ottobrunn, Germany, Pontois, France and Japan.
"Manning these laboratories were an extremely creative and talented group of scientists and engineers who found innovative ways to use technologies to create new products."
[http://blog.heatshrinksleeves.com/2015/09/raychem-history.html 12/31/2015]
Dimensions H-4 W-0.375 inches
Dimension Details Individual strip.
Search Terms Business
Business and Industry
Manufacturing
Radiation chemistry
Raychem Corporation
Shape-Memory Alloy
Subjects Business
Industry
Metallurgical industry
Metals
Radiation chemistry