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Polysulfone

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Polysulfone – PSU

Polysulfone is an amazing, machinable medical grade performance plastic

Polysulfone- PSU

This material is used frequently in the Medical and Pharmaceutical Manufacturing. Common use in Aircraft, Aerospace and Appliance Manufacturing.This amber colored plastic material is machinable and can be used in a wide range of instrumentation applications.

Polysulfone is a popular material for tight tolerance and high heat. Excellent for Electrical and Electronic, Medical Instruments and Trays. Polysulfone – PSU has several trade names: Tecason S®, Unifone®, Ensifone®, Thermalux®, Udel®, Ultrason® and others. Polyarylsulfone (PAS) also falls into this family. 

Why use Polysulfone – PSU:

  • Excellent Mechanical and Electrical Properties
  • Very Dimensionally Stable
  • Repeat Sterilization and Autoclavable
  • UL 94 V-O @.176? thickness
  • Easily Machinable and Chemical Resistance

This materials is…an amorphous high performance thermoplastic material that has proven performance at elevated temperatures. Great mechanical properties with thermal stability allow for its use in load bearing applications over broad temperature ranges and close tolerance.

  • 320ºF Continuous Use Temperature
  • Flammability Rated at UL 94 V-0
  • High Impact Resistance
  • Low Moisture Absorption
  • Chemically Resistant To Many Acids and Solvents
  • Gamma Radiation Resistance

Polysulfone is ITAR compliant, and Polysulfone is RoHS compliant. 

Applications – Frequently used in:

  • Food Equipment and Dairy Processing
  • Wear and Slide machined parts
  • Electronics Manufacturing and Fixtures
  • Pistons, Manifolds, Timing Screws, Scraper Blades
  • Food Processing Forming Dies

Materials Available As

Sheet – Plate

.032″ (1/32″) – 3.0″ in Natural (Amber Transparent) in 24″ X 48″

Round Rod:

.250″ – 6.0″ diameter in Natural (Amber Transparent) in various lengths

Film:

.001″ – .029″ in Natural (Amber Transparent) in 24″ wide roll stock, minimums apply

Tube:

Call with your requirements, many sizes available, minimums apply

Special Formulations:

Non standard colors, thickness, size or formula, please call for details

General PropertyASTM TestTypical Value
Specific GravityD7921.24
Tensile Strength YieldD63810,200
Izod Impact – NotchedD2561.3
Hardness – RockwellD785R120
Deflection Temp @ 264psiD648345
Deflection Temp @ 66 psiD648358
Co. Thermal ExpansionD6963.1X10-5
Polysulfone sheet and rod are excellent for chemical resistance and high heat applications

These properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.

Polyproplylene  (Polypro)

Polyproplylene (Polypro)

thick-white-plastic-sheet

Polypro – Polypropylene

PolyPropylene or PolyPro is extremely chemical resistant and light weight

Polypropylene combines high corrosion resistance, high-temperature resistance (Melting point is 320°F), and great tensile strength.

It maintains its stiffness at elevated temperatures and displays incredible resistance to organic solvents, degreasing agents, and electrolytic attack. In addition, the material is lightweight, and stain and moisture resistant.

Because of the incredible chemical resistance, Polypropylene can not be bonded or glued together. Polypropylene must be hot welded or the use of sonic welding to attach pieces together. This process, while outside of the norm, is quite common for the polyolefin family of plastics. Polypropylene is a durable industrial building material, and is made by some of the biggest names in Plastics, including Simona America, Rochling Plastics, Vycom Plastics, and Polymer Industries. These large manufacturers all run materials here in the USA and have some of the highest standards for production.

The other polyolefin material with the same welding requirements is Polyethylene.

Polypropylene is a High Tech Performance Plastic.

FRP-3 is a specialty type of fire resistant polypropylene.

White polypropylene sheet welded wet bench

Why you should use Polypropylene:

  • Self lubricating and low co-efficient of friction
  • High chemical resistance
  • Abrasion, Moisture, and Electrical Resistance
  • Stiffness, Rigidity, or cut resistance
  • Low specific gravity (floats in water)
  • Resistance to 180 degrees F and handles acids, alkalines and solvents extremely well
  • USDA and FDA approved for use in food processing applications
  • Excellent stiffness and rigidity
  • Very good dielectric properties
  • Impact and stress crack resistant
  • FDA and NSF compliant
  • Polypro is ITAR compliant, and Polypro is RoHS compliant
Applications:

Polypropylene sheet is used in a broad variety of applications, but is particularly suited to the manufacture of chemical tanks for the following reasons:
  • Can be formed into almost any shape
  • Unsurpassed chemical resistance
  • Reliably handles all acids, alkalines and solver up to 180 degrees F
  • Resistant to abrasion, cuts and moisture
  • High tensile and compressive strength
  • Dependably maintains rigidity in all weather conditions
  • Superb dielectric properties
  • Wide variety of formulations including conductive, glass filled and static dissipative
  • approved by the USDA and FDA for use of food processing applications

Polypropylene Applications include:

Tanks, Scrubbers, Irrigation, Acid Waste Piping Systems, Battery Cases, Machine Cases, Etching equipment, Semi-conductor trays, Insulation components, Plating tanks, Living hinges, etc…

Materials Available As:

Extruded Sheet:
.030″ – 3″ in 48″ x 96″ Smooth surfaces natural sheet
Black available in many thicknesses

Film:
022″ – .060″ in 48″ wide Natural only as standard
Rod:
.250 – 10″ diameter in Natural- 96″ lengths
Special Formulations:
Conductive, Glass Filled Static dissipation, custom sizes, formulations, profiles or colors

Typical Resin Properties for Polypropylene sheet and rod

Large Diameter Polypropylene rods

These properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate

clear-plastic-grades-variety

Polycarbonate

Superior Impact Stength

High Impact Polycarbonate Sheet and Rod

Polycarbonate sheet material is used frequently for shields, guards, and containment barriers.

It can be cold or heat bent to most configurations. A popular material manufactured by several companies: Lexan® by SABIC, Tuffak® by Plaskolite (formerly Makrolon® by Covestro), Zelux® by Westlake, Unicar® by Nytef Div of Polymer, Ensicar® by Ensinger, Cyrolon®, Polygal®, Plazit®, Tuffak® GP, Paltuf®, Texin®.

Today, there are numerous versions of these Polycarbonate resins, produced by a dozen different resin manufacturers; however Lexan® and Makrolon® still lead the field.

In addition to the large number of resin manufacturers, there are also dozens of extruders that can produce the Polycarbonate in Sheet or rod.

The leaders are Tuffak Plaskolite (formerly Covestro), SABIC Lexan and Plazit Polygal. All three have extrusion equipment in the USA and produce high clarity and high quality Polycarbonate sheet.

Some of the leaders in the Thick Plate and Rod extrusion are Ensinger, Westlake, Rochling, Polymer and Gehr Plastics.

polycarbonate-sheet-riot-shields, protection for police officers

Why you should use Polycarbonate:

Polycarbonate sheet is a common material for a variety of glazing applications, impact resistant shields and formed parts. Polycarbonate Sheet and Rod are generally produced from plastic resin produced by two main plastic resin manufacturers:

1) Plaskolite (formerly Covestro Plastic) produce Tuffak® Polycarbonate (formerly Makrolon®) sheets as well as a full line of Acrylic Sheet and Acrylic Mirror materials.

2) SABIC (Saudi Arabia Basic Industries Corporation) Plastic, producing a wide range of plastic resins including: Lexan® Polycarbonate, Cycolac®, ABSNoryl®- Poly Phenylene Oxide (PPO)Ultem® 1000 and Ultem® 2300 PEI resins.

The general purpose Polycarbonate resins are about the same as they were when they were first invented. The research on this resin started in 1898, but was first perfected by Bayer in Germany and was patented and registered in 1955. Amazingly, one week after the first invention by Bayer, Daniel Fox at General Electric in New York, independently synthesized a branched Polycarbonate resin.

Both companies filed for US Patents in 1955, and agreed that the company lacking priority would be granted a license to the technology. The patent was resolved in Bayer’s favor and Bayer began commercial production under the trade name Makrolon® in 1958.

GE Plastics began production under the Lexan® trade in 1960.

Polycarbonate is ITAR compliant, and Polycarbonate is RoHS compliant. 

Machined Polycarbonate Block made from Zelux M

 

Tuffak® (formerly Makrolon® GP) – General Purpose Polycarbonate Sheet

~ UV Stable and Excellent for high impact and glazing applications

Tuffak® (formerly Makrolon® GP-V) – UL rated General Purpose Polycarbonate Sheet

~ UV Stabilized and UL 94 V-2 at .060” thickness, UL 94 V-0 at .220” thickness

Tuffak® (formerly Makrolon® FI) – UL rated Polycarbonate Sheet (Flame Inhibiting)

~ High flame resistance – UL 94 V-0 at .060” thickness and UL 94 5VA at .118” thickness

~ FAR 25.853 Part 1, a (i) – 60 sec and Part 1, a (ii) – 12 sec – PASS @0.060” – 0.125”

Tuffak® (formerly Makrolon® AR) – Abrasion Resistant Polycarbonate Sheet

~ Added proprietary hard coating for higher abrasion resistance

Plazit Polygal:

Monogal®

~ UV Stable and Excellent for high impact and glazing applications

Monogal-F®

~ High flame resistance – UL 94 V-0 at .080” thickness

~ FAR 25.85 Part 1, a (i) – 60 sec and Part 1, a (ii) – 12 sec – PASS @0.080” – 0.236”

Materials Available As:

Extruded Sheet:

.030″ – .500″ in 48″ X 96″ Clear Masked General Purpose Sheets
Molded Sheet or Plate:

.500″ – 4.0″ Thick Natural (Transparent) and Optical Grade up to 48″ X 96″

Film:

.010″ –.040″ in 24″ X 48″

Rod:

.125″ – 12.0″ Diameter – Natural (Machine Grade – Non Pigmented) in 96″ Lengths.
Black is Available in some sheet and rod sizes as a Standard:

Contact For Details

Tube:

.250″ ID – 4.0″ ID in 96″ Lengths (variety of wall thickness based on diameter)

Special Formulations:

Medical Grade, Conductive, Static Dissipative, Glass Filled, Custom Sizes, Formulations, Profiles or Colors

Typical Resin Properties for Polycarbonate

These properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.

PETG / Vivak®

PETG / Vivak®

IPS-acrylic

PETG – Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol

Tough clear plastic sheet, used frequently in vacuum forming

PETG is a plastic resin of the polyester family that is used to make thermoforming applications. PETG is a clear resin that can be extruded into sheets. One of the most common applications of this plastic is in POP Displays, molds (food, candy, soap, candle), medical face shields, and more commonly seen in drinking water bottles.

Why you should use PETG:

  • Has excellent bending and Vacuum form properties
  • Is very easy to fabricate
  • Excellent impact strength
  • Standard material is not UV stabilized
  • Tougher than Acrylic, but not quite as impact resistant as Polycarbonate
  • PETG is ITAR compliant, and PETG is RoHS compliant
  • Formerly called Vivak® Sheet, Spectar®, Ultros® or Copolyester Sheet
  • PETG is the abbreviation for Polyethleneterephtalate Glycol

Formed and cut PETG sheet, Vivak, Copolymer Part

PETG material is an excellent material for fabrication of Point-of-Purchase (POP) displays, forming of 3-D parts and and bending.

  • Excellent fabrication
  • Low cost material with high impact strength
  • Easy to form, punch, rivet and cut
  • Paintable, printable, and silk screens wellVacuum Formed PETG sheet Part

Material Available As:

Thin Sheet and Sheets:

.020″ -.500″ Thickness in 48″ X96″ Sheets

Film: Special Order – Please call with your Requirements

PETG - Vivak Typical Resin Properties

These properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.

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PEEK

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PEEK – Polyetheretherketone

Premium Material with Maximum Performance

Tecapeek Natural Virgin PEEK rod, plate and tube

Tecapeek Natural Virgin PEEK

Polyetheretherketone – PEEK

Also available: PAEK, PEKK

PEEK is a highly crystalline thermoplastic with excellent properties making it an ideal material for medical, electrical, and electronic industries. It also makes great pump bodies, compressor components, valve seats, and housing applications.

Rated as “Best” or nearly the best in all mechanical properties of plastic materials. It carries UL 94-V-0 flammability rating and is FDA approved for food contact. PEEK has excellent dimensional stability, even under elevated temperatures.

VICTREX® is the leading supplier of this specialty resin with their Victrex® 450G material, although the name PEEK is generic for the resin. This range of materials also includes Avaspire®, PAEK, and PEKK grades which offer similar property ranges; but have slightly different properties in either impact, heat, or stress applications.

The industry generally calls these materials PEEK 450g Plate or PEEK 450g rod, indicating that the Victrex 450g resin is used to produce the PEEK plate or PEEK rod. While this has become standard practice, we would encourage you to use the complete call out of Victrex 450g PEEK plate or similar. Industrial Plastic Supply is one of the leaders in the High-Performance Plastic marketplace, and will only supply high-quality PEEK materials per our client’s specifications.

Our leading premium suppliers of these materials include Rochling Plastics – Sustapeek®, Ensinger Plastics – Tecapeek®, and ZL Plastics – ZL® 1500. These and other factories we partner with supply only high-quality, name brand resins. No counterfeit materials here! PEEK is a High Tech Performance Plastic.

Medical Grade PEEK is USP Class VI certifiable, contact us for more information.

Why you should use PEEK:

  • Excellent chemical resistance
  • Extremely high continuous temperature to 480 degrees F
  • Good dimensional stability
  • Excellent Machining
  • Low co-efficient of friction
  • Dimensionally stable
  • Very low moisture absorption
  • Outstanding Wear resistance
  • Is USP Class VI approved for medical applications
  • PEEK is ITAR compliant, and PEEK is RoHS compliant 

This material is an excellent machining material – a favorite of machinists. It works like soft brass and has exceptional dimensional stability.

  • Used in demanding applications in industries like electrical, medical, automotive, and aerospace
  • Other uses: bearings, compressor plate valves, pumps, and cable and wire insulation
  • Constantly wet environments
  • Electrical environments

Contact us for more information on all the other grades in the Ketone family. While it solves many demanding engineering requirements, it is also rather expensive. Most clients choose these resins as a last resort, but if your design calls for high heat, high chemical resistance, excellent dimensional stability, excellent wear resistance and/or USP certification, these are an excellent solution.

VICTREX has been at the forefront of high performance plastic materials, with PEEK being their flag-ship product line. Mil-P-46183 is most common specification associated with PEEK, call for additional information.

Materials Available As

Sheet, Rod, Tube and Film:

Rod:

.250″ – 6.0″ Diameter

Sheet:

.250″ – 4.0″ Thickness

Tubular Bar:

Up to 36″ OD – call with your requirements.
Special Formulations: Non-Standard sizes, colors, glass filled and bearing grades

General PropertyASTM TestTypical Value
Specific GravityD7921.32
Tensile Strength YieldD63814,500
Tensile ModulusD638522,000
Izod Impact – NotchedD2561.57
Hardness – RockwellD785M-99 /R-126
Continuous Use TempUL480
Deflection Temp @ 264psiD648320
Co. Thermal ExpansionD6962.6 X 10-5
Mechetec PEEK - Unitrex LF20 parts

These properties are for evaluation purposes only. This information is not to be construed as a warranty, guarantee or assurance that you may achieve the same results. Materials made from different resin types, manufacturing techniques and manufacturers will react differently. The information should be used to compare against other materials only, and each user should make his own tests to determine suitability. No warranty as to this materials suitability are either expressed nor implied.