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Plastic Rod and Round Rods

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.

PEEK

High Performance Plastics

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.

New Performance Plastics Making Metals Obsolete

New Performance Plastics Making Metals Obsolete

Metals have been around for a very long time

The history of metals is thought to have begun with the use of copper about 11,000 years ago. Gold, silver, iron, lead, and even some brass began to be used before the first known appearance of bronze in the 5th millennium BCE High Quality Performance Plastics are replacing Metals

Artifacts made of smelted iron have been found dating from about 3000 BC in Egypt and Mesopotamia. In those times, iron was a ceremonial metal; it was far too expensive to be used in everyday life. Metals are commonly very stiff, tough and strong. However, they are also generally quite heavy. Also, the cost to heat metal to production temperatures is extremely high, over 5 times that of Performance Plastic materials. When metals corrode they get smaller, and many can decompose to yield rust.

In comparison, plastics only were first made in the early 1900’s. The world’s first known fully synthetic plastic was bakelite (now days considered Phenolic), and was invented in New York in 1907 by Leo Baekeland who coined the term ‘plastics’. Since this date, thousands of chemists and material scientists have synthesized dozens of plastic base materials. Plastic materials are currently available in over 80 types, and each of these are molded or processed at slightly different temperatures. The wide range of performance plastic materials will allow you to choose the perfect material for your next application.

Some of The Advantages of New Performance Plastic Materials

New Higher Temperature Performance Plastic Materials

New Performance Plastic materials like Victrex 450g PEEK and Sabic Ultem 1000 have much higher use temperatures over previous performance plastic materials. The Ultem 1000 unfilled has a continual use temperature above 400 degrees F, while the newer Victrex 450g PEEK materials work well at 480 degrees F on a continuous basis. In addition to the higher temperatures, they are still food grade materials.

Most plastic materials can typically be molded in a temperature range of 400 to 600 degree F. While steel starts to melt at 2,500 degrees F. This is five times the temperature, meaning it takes 5 times the energy to convert steel instead of plastic. Lower temperatures equates to lower costs of production.

New Lower Weight Materials

The average plastic weighs just 20% of the average metal product. Many plastics have exceptional weight to strength ratios, meaning that for the weight of the product they are very strong. This low weight means much less raw materials and less impact on the environment if using plastics over metals. This results in lower cost to manufacture parts from plastics over metal.

For instance, new UV grades of HDPE or High Density Polyethylene are very light, with a density of just .96, so light it floats in water. And yet, this new UV grade of HDPE is a workhorse in the plastic market, and is used to replace wood and metals in outdoor furniture.

New Detectable Materials For Food Contact Approved

Most Performance Plastic materials were engineered to be food contact compliant, and in most cases FDA approved for food contact. With the increase in food recalls, finding the proper materials to ensure that our foods are safe is imperative. Materials like Acetal Copolymer, Acetal Homopolymer, Nylon, Ultem 1000 and Victrex 450g PEEK are all FDA approved for direct food contact.

Which Performance Plastic Will Work The Best

Here are some new performance plastic material grades that include additives to make these materials detectable during food processing. These newly released detectable products include Tecaform AH UD (copolymer acetal base), Tecapeek UD Blue (PEEK based) and Hydex 4101 UD Blue PBT – Polyester base). Each of these new performance plastic materials comes in Blue color to be detected by color sensors during food processing. The “UD” portion allows these materials to be detected by X-Ray and Metal Detection scanners in food processing production lines. Using these new detectable performance plastic materials in food processing plants can help to eliminate food contamination issues and massive food recalls.

Recent Rising Costs Of Transportation

Changes in transportation rules and regulations since 2018 have made shipping raw materials significantly more expensive. Weight, size restrictions and surcharges for longer packages have more than doubled in the last year.

This has made one of the most expensive components of materials reaching the marketplace is transportation costs, and over the last several years the costs of moving materials across the country has skyrocketed. Metals are heavy, and this weight makes many items very expensive to transport.

Each step in the production of a finished good generally involves shipping to the next step. Raw material converted into base material, then base material converted into usable shape. Later this shape is turned into a component or part. Each time there is a conversion, there normally is shipping to the next processor. Metal weight can limit the amount of metal that can be moved at one time, where plastics can ship up to five times more product per truckload.

With performance plastics, often the conversion in small factories that can be located near final assembly of components limits the amount of shipping of plastic parts. Also, due to the light weight of plastics, trucks can hold up to five times the amount of plastic over metals for shipping. Many plastic parts are made very close to where they will be consumed, cutting logistics fees. This five times the weight also translates to five times higher cost to ship metals. This reduction of transportation costs moves more profit to the bottom line.

New Performance Plastic Materials Eliminate Need For Lubrication

Often, on large metal parts or assemblies, grease ports are added to make lubricating the metal parts easy. Metal on metal parts will wear out very quickly, and therefore require regular service and lubrication.

Newly released performance plastic materials have made lubrication obsolete. One such material is a new compounded Nylon material, called Nylatech PVM has FDA approved oil additives. This new Cast Nylon material runs well for extended periods without external lubrication. This material runs quieter and smoother than previously used metal parts due to a much lower coefficient of friction, and requires no regular maintenance.

Another new grade of Performance Plastic material that is rated as ‘self-lubricating’, and have excellent wear resistance is Lub-X UHMW, which now makes curves in bottling plants move smoother, quieter and require no lubrication. These long wearing and high strength materials outperform most other substrate for low cost, high performance, low weight and self lubrication.

Each of these plastic advantages yield cost savings and long product life. Along with these new areas of advantage, Performance Plastics are 100% recyclable, and can be reprocessed into high strength parts again and again. The plastic recycling industry is still in its infancy, and as it becomes more adept at recycling and reusing valuable plastic materials, our planet and our pocket books will benefit.

Large Plastic Sheet and Plastic Rods from Gehr Plastics

Large Plastic Sheet and Plastic Rods from Gehr Plastics

Large engineering plastic from Gehr Plastics

One of our secret claims to fame

Since 1975 we have provided large diameter plastic rods and thick plastic sheets, plates, slabs and blocks. One of our long time ‘secret’ sources has been Gehr Plastics. Since 1932 the Gehr family has owned and operated the Gehr Plastics company. They are a worldwide leader in semi-finished plastic shapes in thermoplastics, primarily sheet and rod. The headquarters for Gehr Plastics is in Mannheim, in south western Germany. For almost 30 years, Gehr Plastics has had production facilities in the Philadelphia area, providing the USA with the same high quality plastic shapes. When we mention large diameter rod, we mean it! Gehr can produce plastic rod up to almost 20″ diameter in several grades of plastic. They also produce sheet plastics up to 8″ thick, and make the largest materials of most manufacturers of plastic sheets and rods.

At Gehr Plastics, Quality Engineering Plastic Comes First

Our first purchases with Gehr Plastics was in the PVC rod family. Once again, they make huge cross sections in many materials, including the PVC rod. Many manufacturers struggle with large sections of PVC rod because keeping it void free throughout the large diameter is very difficult. Not for Gehr Plastics, they specialize in engineering plastic materials. We have chosen this high quality manufacture for their exceptional product quality. We know the demands of our client base, and only choose the best factories to supply our products. Gehr is definitely one of the premier plastics producers in the world. While the quality of the PVC rod is excellent, the rest of the Gehr Plastics product line is also some of the best plastic semi-finished shapes available in the market place. Here is a list of some of the many materials that Gehr Plastic produces:

Large 14" Diameter Polypropylene rods

14 inch Natural Polypropylene Rod produced by Gehr Plastics, the largest domestic plastic rod currently in production. 12″ diameter UHMW rod from Roechling Plastics, Industrial Plastic Supply is master distributor for both of these manufacturers.

Many of the above items are also available in sheets, plates, slabs or blocks.

Gehr Plastics – one of our engineering plastic partners

We have been proud to offer the complete line of plastic rod, sheet, slab, plate and block from Gehr Plastics, and consider them a highly valued partner in supplying these engineering plastic materials to you, our valued client. For more information on the size range, availability and pricing on these and other plastic materials, click here or call us at 866-832-9315

Topic: Gehr Plastics – Supplier of engineering plastic materials

Medical Grade Plastic Sheet and Rod, UHMW, PEEK, Ultem materials

Medical Grade Plastic Sheet and Rod, UHMW, PEEK, Ultem materials

PLASTICS IN THE MEDICAL FIELD Cheap Disposable Polyethylene Bags

When we think of plastic, we think of plastic bags you get at the grocery store or maybe your child’s toy that’s made out of cheap throw away material. If you stop and think about it, plastic is everywhere and it’s uses are almost infinite. Take Acetal Copolymer, it is a plastic that replaces metal in numerous applications and is used to make gears, screws and other hard working parts. Consider PTFE for instance which is used to coat your frying pan to make it non-stick, make steam valves and fittings, and chemical resistant parts. Another material is Polycarbonate or Lexan® (a SABIC brand name -formerly G.E. Plastics) which is used to replace glass because it is shatter resistant and is also used for bullet resistant glazing and riot shields. Even the cup of coffee you grab for every morning is made of foamed Styrene – Styrofoam. But plastic has shaped our lives in countless ways, many of them you might not even think of or notice.

Plastics play a big part in the world of medicine. Some other advancements in the area of medicine include assisting people with debilitating injuries and serious afflictions, helping them feel more comfortable and move easier. Prosthetic limbs and joint replacements have come along way since the old days of metal and wood. Since the late 90’s UHMW or (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) has become the standard in hip and joint replacements. With plastics like UHMW, which has great wear resistance, excellent strength and very low co-efficient of friction (very slippery), it has made people who need these surgeries have better mobility and better quality of life. These plastics also make prosthetic limbs lighter and stronger for athletes who wish to compete and lead near normal active lifestyles due to the use of plastic polymers (derived from the Greek meaning ‘many parts’) mimicking human flexibility. Prosthetic devices date all the way back to the ancient Egyptians where they used leather and wood for toe and foot replacements. But thanks to today’s technologies and advancements in as plastic, most amputees and athletes can regain their quality of life and enabling them to do what they love.

What has Medical Plastic Done For You Lately?

Another plastic material that has changed the medical field is PEEK (Polyetheretherketone). This material is a newer plastic which has high chemical resistance along with excellent high continuous temperature resistance of up to 480 degrees fahrenheit. PEEK has replaced many metal devices in the medical field, because PEEK is one of the only thermoplastics (plastic which can be bent or shaped) able to withstand high doses of radiation over an extended lifetime. In addition PEEK is used to help many people awaiting kidney transplants because it is used to make a critical component in dialysis machines. These machines need to clean the blood over a period of several hours and because of this, PEEK is the natural solution, as it can be steam cleaned time and time again with little effect on the material. Along with its great chemical, temperature, and fluid handling stability, PEEK is USP Class VI, making it ideal for these types of medical applications. The natural color of PEEK is a beige to tan and is available in sheet and rod. One of the largest manufacturers of PEEK resin is Victrex and their 450G resin.Performance plastics used in Medical applications

Plastics In Medicine – Everyday

Plastic materials have become apart of our lives and has changed the way we take care of the sick and injured, how we protect our foods from germs, and prolong the storage of foods. Plastics protect medical instruments and insure they are sterile. It has made people’s lives better in both the short and long term. It has helped reduce pain, gain better movement and has given people their confidence back. The values of plastic can not be understated and in the future, hopefully plastics will save or prolong many more lives through advancements in technology and the limitless possibilities it presents.

For more information on these and other medical grade plastics like: Clear Nylon (look for blog post on this), Ultem, Polysulfone, Radel and more, contact us. E-mail us or call 866-832-9315