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Common Name   PlasticDescription   Common Uses
ABS

   Acrylonitrile-Butadiene-Styrene

   (ABS)

ABS is an impact resistant resin.  It is highly rigid, exhibits good impact strength at low temperatures and is resistant to abrasion.     Computer keyboard, plastic face on wall sockets
Acetate / cellulose acetate    Various Generally produced in thin grade, this material has good dimensional stability.  It is generally approved for food grade and medical applications.  It is mallable with low heat    Eyeglass frames
Acrylic / Plexiglass    Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) Used primarily as a lightweight and shatter-resistant alternative to glass.  It is impact resistant and has a high load bearing capacity.  In addition to the popular clear appearance, it also comes  in colored sheets comonly used for signs and other applications.    Windows, signs
Celcon     Acetal Copolymer Very strong and rigid, good sliding properties and it is easily welded.  In addition, Celcon is a good electical insulator (other than black color).      Plastic gears and fasteners
Delrin    Acetal Homopolymer  Acetal provides high strength and stiffness coupled with enhanced dimensional stability.  It has a low coefficient of friction and good wear properties.  It also offers resistance to a wide range of chemicals, including many solvents.  Acetal is ideally suited for electrical insulators which require strength and stiffness.    Rollers and gears
Formex    Various Primarily used as an electrical insulating material.  Maintains high dielectric strength, low moinsture absorption and has a UL 94 V-0 flame rating.  In addition, this material is excellent for creasing, bending and folding.    Electrical insulators and barriers
HDPE    High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) HDPE offers excellent impact resistance, light weight, low moisture absorption and high tensile strength. HDPE is also non-toxic and meets FDA and USDA certification for food processing.   Shampoo  bottles, chemical containers
Kapton    Polyimide (PI) Polyimides (PI) exhibit excellent resistance to heat and chemicals as well as offering outstanding mechanical properties.  UL 94 V-0 flammability rating    Gaskets around electical applications
LDPE    Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE) LDPE is a cost effective flexible polyethylene with good low temperature impact resistance but with a low continuous operating temperature.  It has high chemical resistance but can be attacked by strong oxidizing acids.  It is also susceptible to stress cracking.    Containers, dispensing bottles, plastic bags
Lexan    Polycarbonate (PC) (PC) is hard and strong.  They show good resistance to alcohols and, dilute acids. They can withstand low temperatures down to  -20°C.   They exhibit poor resistance to dilute alkalis, aromatic and halogenated hydrocarbons.     Phone cases, Machine guards
Mylar / Polyester film    Polyester (PET) Generally referred to as shim stock, polyester film is offered in thickness ranging from .0005" - .030".  Each standard thickness has a standard color.  Generall this material is strong, dimensionally stable and has excellent chemical resistance.    Shims
Nylon / MDS    Polyamide  (PAI) Nylon offers excellent high temperature, electrical resistance and chemical resistantance.   Reinforcement with MDS or glass fibers make polyamides extremely strong and wear resistant.     Bearings, fasteners, spacers
PEEK    Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) (PEEK) is a very high performance, high temperature thermoplastic that offers high levels of chemical and water resistance, high PV properties and is dimensionally stable.

   Aerospace applications such as piston parts;

   demanding electical applications

PET    Polyester (PET) (PET) is a durable. tough thermoplastic with good chemical resistance and high energy radiation.  It is also weather, wear and abrasion resistant.    2 liter bottles
Phenolic    Phenolic (Paper) Phenolics are thermoset resin impregnated layers of paper, canvas, linen, or glass cloth.  The base layers are dependent on the specific application.  Phenolics exhibit high physical strength and very good electrical properties.    Spacers and insulating gaskets
PP    Polypropylene (PP) (PP) exhibits high dielectric strength, good resistance to chemicals, heat and fatigue.  It offers excellent electrical and chemical resistance at higher temperatures.     Food containers, lunch boxes, packaging
PS    Polystyrene (PS) (PS) is a low cost thermoplastic with good electrical and mechanical properties.  It is dimensionally stable and features high impact resistance and stress resistance.     CD cases, appliance housings
PVC    Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) (PVC) is flame retardant and is extremely resistance to water.  In addition to offering high electrical insulation properties, it exhibits good impact and weather resistance.    Drainage pipe, roofing membranes 
Teflon    Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) (PTFE) is extremely soft and formable and it is often used for chemical resistant seals and gaskets.  It features good dimensional stability, good wear resistance as well as excellent electrical insulating properties.    Slide plates, bushings
Torlon    Polyamide-imide Very high performance material with extreme strength.  Can withstand +500F and offers unmatched strenghts at high termperatures.   Glass-reinforced and carbon fiber reinforced grades also available for increased strength.    Thermal insulators, gears, bushings
UHMWPE

   Ultra High Molecular

   Weight Polyethlyne

(UHMWPE) is extremely durable highly abrasion resistant polyethylene with a low coefficient of friction and superior impact resistance.    Conveyor systems, wear strips
Ultem    Polyetherimide (PEI) (PEI) features high temperature resistance, impact strength, creep resistance, and rigidity.  It is resistant to alcohols, acids, and hydrocarbon solvents but will dissolve in partially halogenated solvents.     Medical and chemical instruments

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