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Catalog Number 2016.001.026
Description Raychem Sample Atum Tube, c. 1957-1999. Black tube made of Polyolefin plastic. Tube is sealed in a clear plastic bag. Bag has been heat sealed on both ends, one seal is diagonal. In the center of the plastic bag is an orange paper label. Orange label has black and white writing and indicates what the product is and that it is "SAMPLE ONLY". Label is rectangular with rounded edges.
Object Name Tube
Collection 3D - Containers
Title Raychem Sample Atum Tube, c. 1957-1999
Date c. 1957-1999
Creator Raychem Corporation, Menlo Park
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text "ATUM 19/16 BLACK" (black ink printed on top left of orange label); "SAMPLE ONLY" (black in printed left middle of label); "Raychem" (printed in white in lower left corner of label).
Notes The Thermofit Atum Tubing "seals and protects components and interconnections...The adhesive in ATUM tubing bonds to a wide variety of plastics, rubbers,and metals, including
polyethylene, aluminum,steel, and copper."
[http://www.te.com/usa-en/product-5634734012.html 1/20/2016]

"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-2.75 W-15.5 D-3 inches
Search Terms Menlo Park
Raychem
Technology
Tubes
Subjects Heat
Industry
Seals