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The Possible Downsides of ULTEM™

The Possible Downsides of ULTEM™

In a previous post, we explored the advantages of Sabic Ultem™, the trademarked name for a special type of high-performance plastic that is often the go-to choice for any industry in need of exceptional physical properties in a thermoplastic. With Ultem™ polyetherimide resins, this type of plastic can retain its mechanical properties even at extremely high temperatures, which is especially important in applications that require good structural integrity under harsh conditions–aerospace and automotive applications for example. 

Why is ULTEM™ so popular?

This material is known for its excellent mechanical properties, dimensional stability, as well as chemical and temperature resistance. Because of these properties, Ultem™ has been used widely and with success in many different industries, such as aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, medical equipment, electronics, and industrial equipment. There are, however, a few disadvantages to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to use Ultem™ for your manufacturing project.

Sabic Ultem 1000 and Ultem 2300 are excellent performance plastic materials

Sabic Ultem 1000 and 2300 sheet and rod

A few disadvantages of using ULTEM™

Also, the polyetherimide thermoplastic can be vulnerable to stress cracking if exposed to polar chlorinated solvents. This can restrict its use in certain applications.

In addition, while Ultem™ is a very high performance thermoplastic, it does tend to be more expensive compared to similar materials and can be difficult to process due to its high melting point and viscosity. For optimal results, you may need to use specialized equipment or work with someone specialized in working with this thermoplastic, which could drive up production costs even more. If the material is not properly controlled during manufacturing, Ultem™ plastic parts can experience surface defects or cracks as well as dimensional instability. If large amounts of material are removed during machining, parts should be annealed after production to prevent warp and twist. Proper quality control needs to be in place to avoid these problems. 

Looking for a supplier of high performance thermoplastics?

Industrial Plastic Supply, Inc. has been supplying performance plastic sheet, rod, and tube since 1975, and specializes in wholesale Engineering Plastics, Mechanical Plastics, and High Performance Plastics for a wide range of industries. Check out our website to learn more!

Finding a Quality Performance Plastic Sheet Supplier

Finding a Quality Performance Plastic Sheet Supplier

Best Methods for Choosing a Quality Performance Plastic Sheet and Rod Supplier

Finding a plastic sheet supplier might seem like a monumental task with all the different suppliers out there – but there are a few ways that you can narrow down your choices.

Here are five key factors to consider when you’re looking for a quality supplier of plastic sheets.

1) Where do they source their plastic materials?

With many dozen manufacturers through out North America, and many more in far off lands, it is important to know who makes your material. Material sources from North America has been considered the premier quality in Performance Plastic materials. Not only is the quality of extruded or molded sheets and rods important, but also the long process of secondary annealing. This removes residual stress from the material, and this will produce a better finished part with reduced warp and twist and even center-line cracking. Not only should the materials look good, they must machine well without cracking. Quality matters.

2) Do they carry what you need?

This might seem straightforward, but it is one of the most important things to keep in mind, especially if you’re looking for large-scale products or highly specialized resins. Often, different plastic suppliers will specialize in resins with similar end uses as well, so it’s important that you find one that understands the requirements of your particular industry. Many suppliers are actually ‘brokers’ and don’t really have a warehouse with material ‘in stock’. Look for a supplier that has a wide variety of quality performance plastics in stock and ready for you to pick up.

3) Do they meet your quality standards?

Many plastic suppliers have to meet particular certifications and regulatory compliance standards, especially if they want to maintain a professional and accurate business. The bare minimum for a quality plastic sheet supplier is an updated ISO 9001 quality management system and ITAR compliance, but there are several other standards and material certifications available as well, such as ANSI and RoHS compliance, which ensure that the supplier does not sell or consume unethical products in the course of their business. Are the customer service staff members certified by an outside agency?

4) Don’t forget communication and customer service

Good communication is important in any supplier-customer relationship. A quality plastic sheet supplier will communicate professionally and quickly with you, and they will be transparent about their products, quality certifications and compliance, and their capabilities. Many suppliers have reviews or testimonials on their websites that you can read to get a better idea of their service–or you can contact them directly as well. The best customer service companies have trained staff, in the plastic industry one of the keys to a trained staff would be are they IAPD (International Association of Plastic Distribution) certified?

5) Balance quality and price

Huge in stock inventory of Performance Plastic Rod

With all of the plastic suppliers out there, it’s important to find one that not only meets your standards of quality, but also offers you competitive pricing. Balancing the quality of the material you receive with the budget set out for it is an important task when choosing a plastic supplier. Sourcing all High Performance Plastic materials from North American manufactures helps to insure quality products, and at a competitive price. While not the cheapest, the quality of North American Performance Plastic is second to none!

Choose Industrial Plastic Supply, Inc. for your Performance Plastic needs

If you are looking for a quality plastic sheet supplier, then you should consider Industrial Plastic Supply, Inc.  We have been in the business since 1975 and maintain a vast and varied inventory of performance plastic materials, all sourced from North American Manufacturers, and are proud of our trained customer service staff – all IAPD certified.

Industrial Plastic Supply, Inc. also Check out our website to learn more.  

Comparing HDPE and UHMW Polyethylene

Comparing HDPE and UHMW Polyethylene

HDPE vs UHMW: When to Use High-Density Polyethylene

HDPE and UHMW are popular and well known types of plastics across many different industries for their reliability, so much so that many people have started to use them interchangeably. However, their uses don’t coin cide nearly as often as many think–HDPE has different qualities that lend well to different applications. While both materials are very light, with a density of .94 – which means they both float in water.

When best to use HDPE

High-Density Polyethylene or HDPE is known for its versatility and low moisture absorption, which result from its high-density chemical makeup. Its chemical composition also makes it highly chemical resistant, so it’s excellent for applications that involve moisture or mild chemicals.

HDPE is also very easy to machine and shape. As a result, it has been used successfully to make plastic lumber, milk jugs, containers, cutting boards, and many other products.

In addition to being easy to machine, HDPE sheet and rod are also relatively lightweight, and can be NSF and FDA compliant. This very durable material can not be glued or bonded, and thus must be heat welded together or attached with mechanical fasteners. HDPE is excellent for applications where reduced weight and low costs are paramount. This, combined with its easy machinability, allows HDPE to be cut, drilled, routed and shaped for many different end uses. Food cutting boards, piping, storage vessels, marine components, and many more benefit from HDPE. It’s also been successful in outdoor furniture, signage, playground equipment, structural tanks, food processing equipment, vacuum-formed parts, transfer boards, tank liners–and this is just a small number of its applications.

When not to use HDPE

While HDPE and UHMW have similar properties, they are often better suited to different tasks. Both plastics do have high impact resistance, but UHMW (Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) performs better in applications where friction and constant impact are present. The UHMW molecular chain is much longer, thus giving UHMW the extreme wear resistance. This results in UHMW being used more often in functional components, like conveyor systems, concrete chute liners, mated parts, bumpers, and bearing applications. HDPE does not perform as well as UHMW under constant friction, making HDPE better for food processing surfaces, chemical resistant parts, decorative products, or components that will not experience constant friction. If a reduced friction application is needed, the use of UHMW with a coefficient of friction of just 0.08 (compared to HDPE with a coefficient of friction of 0.20) is much more suitable.

Find all your performance plastics at Industrial Plastic Supply

We are performance plastics experts, with a vast inventory available and the most experienced customer service team to offer our customers. Contact us today for more information about what we can do for you.

Acetal Copolymer Provided by Industrial Plastic Supply, Inc.

Acetal Copolymer Provided by Industrial Plastic Supply, Inc.

High Standards And Procurement From Reliable U.S. Manufacturers

Industrial Plastic Supply Inc. is ISO-9001:2015 certified. This benefits our customers since this certification communicates that we take quality and consistency seriously. We distinguish ourselves by providing Acetal Copolymer rods and sheets of exceptional quality over and over again so customers don’t have to wonder what they are getting when they do business with us.

American sourcing is another point of pride. In a time of global trade, a distributor may choose to do business with suppliers outside the U.S.. However, we believe that American quality and standards are top of the line. As such, our Acetal Copolymer is sourced from U.S. manufacturers. Our business partners – customers and vendors alike – can take pride knowing that their investments and dealings with Industrial Plastic Supply benefits U.S. customers, employees, and communities.

U.S. Sourcing Advantage

The benefit to customers in sourcing plastic from U.S. producers is more than patriotic or sentimental. Fact is, supply chains are more delicate than many of us imagine. Whether due to natural disasters, materials shortages, or politics, supply chains can fray and even snap. When that happens, price predictability and long-term supply/shipping agreements are thrown into disarray. Customers don’t want to hear excuses and “maybes” after they have signed contracts, paid money, and anticipate Acetal Copolymer products.

We pride ourselves on stocking and providing quality North American made Acetal Copolymer produced under the trade names: Tecaform® AH, Sustarin® C and ZL® 900. Each of these quality brand names are widely known for exceptional quality, consistency and durability.

Why Acetal Copolymer Is A Good Investment

Acetal Copolymer Sheet and Rod

Acetal Copolymer Performance Plastic

Acetal Copolymer is FDA compliant, opening up its use for food processing and packaging. The material is also stiff, resilient, and abrasion-resistant to a very high degree. Industrial Plastic Supply provides Acetal Copolymer materials in natural (white), black, and blue. Its stiffness and ability to hold shape under harsh conditions means that Acetal Copolymer sheets and rods can be shaped with standard cutting tools. This quality Copolymer Acetal material is FDA and NSF approved.

There are several special grades of Acetal that are formulated for tough food processing applications. Acetal Copolymer is available in a food grade blue for optical detection during food processing. This eliminates broken parts from getting into finished food products. There are also ultra detectable grades that are visual, x-ray and metal detectable for high end food processing applications. Contact us for more information on these special materials.

Automotive, Aerospace, and Medical Use

This plastic has exceptional ability to hold shape under stress, making it an excellent product in automotive and aerospace hardware. Gears, rollers, fuel lines, pumps and medical equipment all make use of Acetal Copolymer. However, care must be taken that the Acetal Copolymer is not exposed to temperatures above roughly 230 Fahrenheit (110 Celsius).

Safety Considerations

There are several factors to keep in mind when handling Acetal Copolymer:

  • Upon intense heating, Acetal Copolymer releases formaldehyde and carbon monoxide.
  • If machining or grinding, small Acetal Copolymer dust particles pose an inhalation and explosion hazard.
  • Prolonged exposure to UV light degrades Acetal Copolymer exposed surfaces and may change physical resilience.

Therefore, proper procedures must be taken when handling and machining this material. This is something Industrial Plastic Supply Inc. takes very seriously, not just for compliance reasons but also for the health and well being of our employees, customers, and ultimately the end-users.

Contact Industrial Plastic Supply for Acetal Copolymer

Industrial Plastic Supply Inc. is proud to be a distributor of Acetal Copolymer and other polymers. Contact us today for a quote and details about products, delivery, prices, and more. Call us @ 866-832-9315

Acetal Copolymer Provided by Industrial Plastic Supply, Inc.

Plastic Rod and Round Rods

Huge in stock inventory of Performance Plastic Rod

Plastic Rod and Round Rods

Specializing in plastic round rod and rods (aka: plastic dowel, plastic pin and plastic round bar); Industrial Plastic carries a huge variety of materials in round rod. Most materials are available in 96″ or 120″ lengths, however we normally cut these rods for shipment via UPS. Our plastic manufacturers are some of the best and largest in the industry and make the finest plastic rod and round rods available. We source only the best materials from American sources without any imports from China. Our plastic rods have the least amount of residual stress in the industry – providing the most consistent plastic rod, and thus the best finished parts.

Why chose Industrial Plastic Supply for your Plastic Rod and Round Rods

  • Huge selection of plastic rod materials
  • Most plastic round rod materials and sizes are sold by the foot (above 1.0″ diameter) and are in stock
  • Cut to length plastic rod, round rods, dowel, pin and round bar
  • Most variety of plastics available in round rod stock
  • Many materials available in up to 10″ diameter in stock (some materials available over 20″ diameter)
  • Plastic round rod generally starts at .250″ diameter (some materials available smaller)

Here’s a listing of the most popular plastic rod and round rods available:

ABS
Acetal/Delrin
Acrylic
Delrin/Acetal
Hi-Impact StyreneWide variety of performance plastic materials in round rod
Laminates (Paper, Canvas, Linen, G-10, FR-4)
Noryl – PPO
Nylon – Polyamide
PEEK
Polycarbonate (Makrolon – Lexan)
Polyester (PET – PBT)
Polyethylene (HDPE and LDPE)
Polypropylene
PVC
PVDF (Kynar)
PTFE- TFE
UHMW
Ultem – PEI

Still not sure which product is the proper material for your application, consult our free Plastic Materials Selection Guide. We stock a large inventory of most major high performance plastic materials, mechanical plastics and engineering plastics. Stop by or call us to see if we have the materials you need in our inventory.

If there is a material not listed, please call. It might be in stock, but not on the website. While this is a large list of materials, we do stock dozens of additional materials in plastic round rod. Contact us today for your plastic rod requirements.

Plastic Trade Names

Over 80 Plastic Materials
in Sheet and Rod In Stock

Plastic Trade Names

Here is a listing of trade names, equivalent materials and manufacturers names. This is a reference page only, Industrial Plastic Supply is not a supplier of all these brands, and is not affiliated with all these manufacturers.

Also links to pages that reference this plastic material if available. Click on – Material Name – this is a Link to material associated to the trade name, and will go to the Product and Data Sheet page.


Trade Names

Material

Company

 AbsyluxABSWestlake
 AcculamPhenolic LaminateAccurate Laminate
 AcetronAcetalQuadrant
 AcryliteAcrylicCyro
 AcrysteelAcrylicAristech
 AkulonPA – NylonAkzo/Wilson
 AlathonHDPEOccidental
 AnwidurPVCAnwil
 ApexPVCTeknor
 ArdelPolyarylateAmoco
 AristechAcrylicAristech
 AstavinPVCMarplex
 BakelitePhenolic LaminateUnion Carbide
 CalibrePolycarbonateDow
 CapronPA – NylonAllied Signal
 CelanesePA – Nylon 6/6Ticona
 CelanexPolyester – PET/PBTTicona
 CelconAcetalTicona
 CorzanCPVCQuadrant
 CryoliteAcrylicCyro
 CycolacABSSABIC (former GE)
 CytopAcetalDupont
DensetecHDPEPolymer Ind.
DiakonAcrylicICI
 DowlexLDPEDow
 DuraconAcetalTicona
 DuranexPolyester – PBTTicona
 Duratron PEIPEIQuadrant
 DurethanPAPA – Nylon 6Bayer
 DyflorPVDFEvonik Ind.
 DylenePolystyreneArco
 DyneonPTFE3M
 EktarPETGEastman Chemical
 EnsicarPolycarbonateEnsinger
 EnsifidePPSEnsinger
 EnsifonePolysulfoneEnsinger
 EnsikemPVDFEnsinger
 EnsilonPA- NylonEnsinger
 EnsitalAcetalEnsinger
 EnsitepPolyester – PETEnsinger
 ErtacetalAcetalQuadrant
 ErtalonPA – NylonQuadrant
 FluonPTFEICI
 ForaflonPVDFAtochem
 ForarHDPEAmoco
 FortiflexHDPESolvay
 FortilenePolypropyleneSolvay
 FortronPPSHoechst Celanese
 GeonPVCGeon
 GrilamidPA – NylonEmser
 GrilonPA – NylonEmser
 HostaformAcetalTicona
 HostalenHDPETicona
 HostalenUHMWTicona
 Hydex 4101Polyester – PBTEnsinger
 Hydlar ZFKevlar Filled NylonEnsinger
 HyzodPolycarbonateBayer
 ImpetPolyesterHoechst Celanese
 KamaxAcrylicRohm & Haas
 Kel-FPCTFE3M
 Ketron 1000PEEKQuadrant
 King Cutting BoardPolyethyleneKing Plastics
 KoradAcrylicPEP
 KynarPVDFArkema
 LubitalAcetalMitsubishi
 LuciteAcrylicDupont
 LustranABSMonsanto
 LustrexPolystyreneNovacor
 MagnumABSDow
 MakrolonPolycarbonateBayer
 MaranylPA – NylonLNP Engineering
 MarlexHDPEPhillips
 MerlonPolycarbonateBayer
 MicartaPhenolic LaminateNorplex
 MindelModified PolysulfoneAmoco
 NeoflonPTFEDaikin
 NorylPPOSABIC (former GE)
 NoryluxPPOWestlake
 NovodurABSBayer
 NydurPA – NylonMobay
 OleplatePolypropyleneAmoco
 OlevacPolypropyleneAmoco
 PalvinylPVCPal Plastics
 PaxonHDPEPaxon Polymer
 PetrothenePolyethyleneQuantum
 PlexiglasAcrylicAtoHaas
PolystonePolyethyleneRochling
 PolystrolPolystyreneBASF
 PomaluxAcetalWestlake
 PropyluxPolypropyleneWestlake
 ProteusPolypropyleneQuadrant
 RadelPolyethersulfoneSolvay
 RilsanPA – NylonAtochem
 RoyaliteABSSpartech Uniroyal
 RynitePolyester – PETDupont
 Sanalite (cutting board)PolyethyleneQuadrant
 SintimidPolyimideEnsinger
 SolefPVDFSoltex
 SpaulditePhenolic LaminateSpaulding
 SustamidPA – NylonSustaplast
 SustarinAcetalSustaplast
 Sustatec PEEKPEEKSustaplast
 Sustatec PEIPEISustaplast
 Sustatec PVDFPVDFSustaplast
 Symalit PVDFPVDFQuadrant
 TecavinylPVCEnsinger
 Techtron PPSPPSQuadrant
 TempaluxPEIWestlake
 TerluranABSBASF
 ThermaluxPolysulfoneWestlake
 Thermocomp DPolycarbonateLNP Engineering
 Tivar & Tivar HotUHMWQuadrant
 ToyolacABSToray
 TrovidurPVCRoechling
 UdelPolysulfoneSolvay
 Ultem 1000PEISABIC (former GE)
 Ultem 2300PEISABIC (former GE)
 UltradurPolyester – PBTBASF
 UltraformAcetalBASF
 UltramidPA – NylonBASF
 UnicarPolycarbonateNytef
 UnifonePolysulfoneNytef
 UnilatePolyester – PBTNytef
 UninarPVDFNytef
 UninorPPONytef
 UnipaPA – NylonNytef
 UnitalAcetalNytef
 UnitemPEINytef
 UnitepPolyester – PETNytef
 UnitrexPEEKNytef
 UnitronPolyphenylene SulfideNytef
 ValoxPolyester – PBTSABIC (former GE)
 VectonPA – Cast NylonEnsinger
 Versadur PolyethylenePolyethyleneSimona Plastics
 Versadur Polypro H & CPolypropyleneSimona Plastics
 Versadur PVCPVCSimona Plastics
 Victrex 450GPEEKVictrex
 VydynePA – NylonMonsanto
 ZeluxPolycarbonateWestlake
 ZL-1000PEIZ/L Plastics
 ZL-1100PA – Nylon – CastZ/L Plastics
 ZL-1400Polyester – PETZ/L Plastics
 ZL-1500PEEKZ/L Plastics
 ZL-1600PolycarbonateZ/L Plastics
 ZL-1700PVDFZ/L Plastics
 ZL-250PA – Nylon – ExtrudedZ/L Plastics
 ZL-900AcetalZ/L Plastics
 ZytelPA – NylonDupont

If you have additional Trade Names you would like to see or to add to our list of common Trade Names, please let us know. If you have a Trade Name that is not on our list, and want us to identify it for you, please let us know, contact us hereNeed help choosing the proper plastic material for your application, check out our free Plastic Material Selector Guide.

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