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Plastics – Thermoplastic Materials


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Acetal Acetal

Excellent wear properties in both wet and dry environments
Natural (white), black, and other colors available.

Characteristics:
Strong and stiff                      Low friction
Excellent machinability          Good chemical resistance
Good dimensional stability     Glass-filled grades available
Low moisture absorption        FDA compliant grades available

Applications:
Automotive uses, fuel pumps      Showerheads, sprinklers
Wristwatch gears                        Plumbing


Delrin Delrin

Delrin® acetal resin bridges the gap between metals and ordinary plastics with a unique
combination of:

Characteristics:
Solvent and fuel resistance      Stiffness & hardness
Abrasion resistance                 Dimensional stability
Low wear & low friction

Applications/Industries:
Bearings & bushings       Electrical insulator parts
Buckles & Zippers          Door and office systems
Fuel systems



Formex™ Formex™

This material is used in order to comply with UL, CSA, IEC, VDE, TUV, BSR or MITI

standards when there is a need for electrical insulators and barriers. This unique product line

has successfully replaced a variety of flame retardant sheet materials including polycarbonate,
polyester, PVC and aramid papers.
Characteristics:
  • UL 94V-0 Flame Class Rating
  • Non-hygroscopic (moisture absorption < 0.1%)
  • Excellent dielectric strength
  • Superior score and folding ability
  • Economical
Applications:

Computers and computer peripherals                              Medical equipment

Conventional and uninterruptible power supplies              Automotive products

Electrical and power distribution systems                        Consumer products    

TVs and appliances                                                        Telecommunications equipment

Lighting

Electronic and Electrical insulation

Barriers between PC boards and between PC boards and housings

Barriers to prevent access to dangerous areas

Internal fabricated parts: Air flow baffles and EMI/RFI Shields



Formex™ GK Formex™ GK

This material is used in order to comply with UL, CSA, IEC, VDE, TUV, BSR or MITI
standards when there is a need for electrical insulators and barriers. This unique product line
has successfully replaced a variety of flame retardant sheet materials including polycarbonate,
polyester, PVC and aramid papers.

Characteristics:
  • 0.017 inch thick
  • Superior dielectric strength
  • Continuous use temperature to 115°C / 239°F
  • Score and fold to fabricate economical 3-D parts
  • Fold repeatedly without cracking or splitting
  • High dielectric breakdown strength
  • UL 94 V-0 flame class
  • RoHS compliant
  • Non-hygroscopic
  • Superior Chemical Resistance
Applications/Industries:

Enterprise Computing Servers              Storage Devices                Lighting

Electrical Distribution Equipment Power Supplies

Medical Devices                                  Appliances and HVAC Equipment



Statex™ Statex™

Statex™ materials are used in order to comply with UL, CSA, IEC, VDE, TUV, BSR or MITI
standards when there is a need for electrical insulators and barriers. This unique product line
has successfully replaced a variety of flame retardant sheet materials including polycarbonate,
polyester, PVC and aramid papers. Computer manufacturers often use static dissipative materials
to insulate and protect their circuit boards. As a highly effective electrical barrier and static
dissipative material, Statex™ is an ideal product for design engineers to use to keep circuit
boards from developing static electricity between each other and from experiencing electrostatic
shock from outside sources.

Characteristics:
  • UL 94V-0 Flame Class Rating
  • Non-hygroscopic (moisture absorption <0.1%)
  • Excellent dielectric strength
  • Superior score and fold
  • Competitively priced
Applications/Industries:

Computer circuit boards           Electrical barriers and insulators



Kapton® Kapton®

It’s is a polyimide film developed by DuPont which can remain stable in a wide range of
temperatures, from -273 to +400 °C (-459 - 752 °F / 0 – 673 K). Kapton is used in, among other
things, flexible printed circuits, flexible electronics and thermal micrometeoroid garments.

Characteristics:
Good temperature properties      Good dielectric properties
Thermal insulation                      Thermal stability

Applications/Industries:
Medical – Xrays                                 Space program
Insulators in various assemblies          Electronics


Mylar Mylar

The outstanding strength, flexibility, and electrical properties of Mylar® type EL films make
them well suited for many electrical and electronics applications. The good handling and
winding characteristics make them especially suitable for coating; die cutting, embossing, and
laminating operations.

Characteristics:
Good dielectric properties            High temperature durability
Good handling characteristics      Clear to hazy in color
Outstanding strength                   Flexibility

Applications/Industries:

Balloons      Electronic applications
Insulators    Release Films

Tapes         Office Supplies


Nylatron GS® Nylatron GS®

Nylatron proprietary formulations ( GSM, GSM-Blue, NSM ) contain solid lubricants that
impart toughness, low coefficient of friction, and good abrasion resistance and make it an ideal
replacement for a wide variety of materials from metal to rubber.

Characteristics:
Tough                                                Wear resistant
High heat distortion temperature          Vibration resistant
Easy machine-ability                           Dimensional stability

Applications/Industries:
Pulp and Paper                Marine
Valves                             Pumps
Textiles                            Food Processing
Metal Forming                  Mining Equipment 

Material Handling             Oil Field Applications
Wear Strips                      Bottling Equipment
Packaging Equipment       Bushings, Bearings


Nylon 6/6 Nylon 6/6

Of all the unmodified nylons, it has the highest melting point, is the strongest, and the most
rigid. Can be pre-colored or dyed in wide range of colors. The addition of glass Fibre improves
stiffness. Better low temperature toughness than Acetal or Nylon 6.

Characteristics:
Good fatigue resistance                      The strongest aliphatic nylon
High wear and abrasion resistance       Low coefficient of friction
Resilience and impact resistance         FDA compliant, USDA approved

Applications/Industries:
Industrial yarns                               Clothing, carpets
Manufacturing & Automotive uses     Toothbrushes
Many varieties of uses


Nylon 6/12

It possesses similar properties to that of Nylon 6/6, however, Nylon 6/12 has a higher
temperature rating and lower water absorption.

Characteristics:
Non abrasive to other materials
Noise damping characteristics      Good electrical insulating properties
Ease of fabrication                       Able to operate with or without lubrication

Applications/Industries:
Military applications      Automotive, Electrical insulator
Mechanical parts          Clothing, carpets


Nylon MDS - Nylatron GS Nylon MDS - Nylatron GS

(Molybdenum Disulfide)

Is highly resistant to wear, possesses high mechanical strength, yields very good electrical
properties and is an excellent choice for load applications were moving parts is apparent. Nylon
MDS is also self-lubricating.

Characteristics:
Low Coefficient of Friction      Excellent Dielectric Properties
High Mechanical Strength      Resistant to Wear
Available in colors: Dark Gray to Black

Applications/Industries:
Applications which need lubricity      Marine, Replace moving parts in machinery
Automotive, Electronic                      Industrial valves


Polycarbonate (Lexan®) Polycarbonate (Lexan®)

A balance of useful features including temperature resistance, impact resistance and optical
properties position polycarbonates. It mainly used for electronic applications that capitalize on its
collective safety features. Being a good electrical insulator and having heat resistant and flame
retardant properties.

Excellent impact strength            Ease of machining
Good weather ability                   UV resisting
Thermoform ability

Applications/Industries:
Security glazing              Signage
Security barriers             Machine guards
Bus shelters                   Skylights


Polyethylene (HDPE & LDPE) Polyethylene (HDPE & LDPE)

Polyethylene is used more than any other thermoplastic polymer. There is a wide variety of
grades and formulations available that have an equally wide range of properties.

Characteristics:
Toughness                             Ease of processing
Chemical resistance               Abrasion resistance
Electrical properties               Impact resistance
Low coefficient of friction       Near-zero moisture absorption
The three most commonly used grades of polyolefin are: Low Density, High Density and Polypropylene.

Applications/Industries:
Containers for all household products
Industrial containers for chemicals             Pipes for refrigeration
Durable plastic furniture                            Added to steel pipes for corrosion resistance


Polypropylene Polypropylene

It provides superior qualities and is the most versatile and cost effective plastic in comparison
to other thermo-forming and polyolefin materials. It has good impact strength, surface hardness,
dimensional stability and excellent abrasion resistance. Polypropylene is resistant to a wide
variety of acids, alkalis and solvent solutions with a temperature range up to 200ºF.
Characteristics:
Excellent chemical resistance            Easily formable, welded & machined
Lightweight                                       Excellent electrical properties
FDA Approved                                  Low moisture absorption rate
Excellent tensile strength & stiffness

Applications/Industries:
Plastic bags for many industries              Food
Luggage, bottle caps                              Toys
Boxes, crates                                         Plastic chairs


PVC

Polyvinyl chloride, commonly abbreviated PVC, is the third most widely produced plastic,
after polyethylene and polypropylene. PVC is widely used in construction because it is durable,
cheap, and easily worked.

Characteristics:
Fast fusion and good property flow                                          
Excellent transparency and good surface of finished products
Easy coloring properties

High heat stability

Applications/Industries:
Piping                                                 Clothing
Insulates electrical wiring                      Bottles
Variety of Construction applications


Polyurethane

Because of its remarkable abrasion resistance, parts made from polyurethane will often out-
wear rubber, plastic, and metal by margins up to 20 to 1. With its high-flex life, cut-resistance,
load-bearing capacity and outstanding resistance to weather, ozone, oxygen and radiation,
polyurethane provides unlimited design opportunities.

Characteristics:
-40°C to +130°C                                           High impact resistance
High abrasion resistance                               Low compression set
Tear resistant                                               Oil & petrol resistance
Good low temperature flexibility                     Weather resistant
Excellent electrical insulating properties         75A to 98A shore for seals
45A to 68D for components

Applications/Industries:
Furniture foams             Refrigerators
Garments                     Moldings
Construction                 Seals, Bushings, Gaskets


PTFE

PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) is one of the most thermally stable plastic materials. There is no
appreciable decomposition at 260°C. PTFE can be employed at any temperature from -200°C to
+260°C. The original PTFE resin was invented by DuPont in 1938.

Characteristics:
High heat resistance                  High chemical resistance
High dielectric properties           Non-Toxic

Low friction of coefficient 

Applications/Industries:
Plumbing for sealing            Carpets
Electronics                          Glasses, hair care products

Cookware                           Aerospace Industry

Industrial Processes            All-weather Clothing



PTFE MECHANICAL GRADE

Mechanical PTFE is an economical, reprocessed PTFE with slightly lower
physical properties than virgin grade. It is also referred to as "recycled" or
"reclaimed". Reprocessed material is added during the manufacturing process;
usually a small percentage but it varies. It is more economical than virgin. This is
the grade used for most applications, for less demanding uses where high purity
materials are not required, such as noncritical chemical, electrical, and
mechanical applications.

Characteristics:

  • Not suitable for food contact
  • Less expensive than virgin PTFE as it’s reprocessed material
  • Better wear resistance than Virgin PTFE
  • More compressive strength than the virgin grade
  • Less smooth and darker in color than the virgin grade
  • PTFE resins have a continuous temperature rating of 260°C (500°F)
  • Both Virgin and Mechanical grades are 100% PTFE material and have similar chemical properties 

Applications/Industries:
Electrical        Seals        Valves        Flanges        Mechanical Packings

Note: PTFE can be enhanced with fillers such as: glass fibers, carbon, graphite and bronze


PTFE Specifications: 


PTFE Sheet and Film  
-   ASTM D 3293 (and MIL-P22241). Describes the properties and
characteristics parameters for PTFE molded sheets (thicker than .250 inches).

PTFE Rod   -   ASTM 1710-08 (and MIL-P 19468). Describes the properties and characteristics
parameters for different grades of PTFE extruded and molded rod and for heavy-walled tubing. 

PTFE Molded Sheet or Shapes   -   ASTM D 3294. Describes the properties and characteristics
parameters for molded PTFE shapes and molded PTFE sheets.

PTFE Skived Tape   -   ASTM D 3308. Describes the properties and characteristics parameters
for skived tape (.250 inches and thinner)

Filled Compounds made
With PTFE  
-   ASTM D 4745. Describes the properties and characteristics parameters for filled
molding compounds made with PTFE. The specification provides standards for bulk density, tensile
strength and elongation of PTFE filled with different percentages of glass fiber, glass fiber and
Molybdenum Disulfide, graphite, carbon and graphite, bronze, bronze and Molybdenum Disulfide
and stainless steel.

PTFE Tubing   -   ASTM D 1710-08. The tubing is intended for electrical, mechanical, chemical
and medical applications manufactured from extrusion resins made from PTFE resins.

Molding and Machining Tolerances
for PTFE resin parts  
-   ASTM 3297. This specification defines tolerances applicable to parts
molded and free sintered from PTFE resins and to machined parts produced from basic shapes of
compression molded or ram extruded resins. The thermal expansion of PTFE parts between 64F and 70F
is non-uniform due to a critical transition zone characteristic of PTFE resins.




UHMW UHMW

This is an extremely tough and abrasion resistant thermoplastic that is used for applications that
require durability and/or abrasive wear resistance. Highest abrasion resistance of any polymer.

Characteristics:
Outstanding impact strength              Cost efficient
Self lubricating material                      Light weight
Non-Toxic                                         Sound dampening properties
Good chemical resistance

Applications/Industries:
Packaging machinery components       Wear strips
Idler sprockets                                   Chute & Hopper liners
Food processing machinery


Vinyl

Vinyl plastics are generally clear, high impact, excellent clarity and processing performance.
There is resistant to grease, oil and chemicals. Vinyl is the second largest-selling plastic in the
world.

Characteristics:
Clear        High impact
Resistance to grease, oil and chemicals

Applications/Industries:
Packaging                          Decking
Recycled goods                 Bottling
Tubing                               Plastic wrap