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Plastics & Elastomers
How to select Plastics? To assist you further in your selection according to your applications, we provide you with Technology Profiles on most used plastics, detailing their benefits, limitations, applications ...

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The Definitive Guide to Polypropylene (PP)
Polypropylene (PP) is a rigid and crystalline thermoplastic used widely in everyday objects like packaging trays, household products, battery cases, medical devices, etc. Explore this comprehensive guide and learn everything you need to know about this widely used thermoplastic. Quick Links to the Detailed Profile:   »  What is Polypropylene and What It's Used for?   »  How PP is produced?   »  Types of Polypropylene & their Benefits   »  Main Differences Between PP Homo and PP Copolymer   »  Properties of Polypropylene   »  Disadvantages of Polypropylene   »  What is PP used for?   »  Comparison of Polypropylene with Polyethylene   »  Polypropylene Processing - Everything You Need to Know About It!   »  3D Printing with...

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Comprehensive Guide on Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

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Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC or Vinyl) is a high strength thermoplastic material widely used in applications, such as pipes, medical devices, wire and cable insulation...the list is endless. It is the world's third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer. So, what is PVC? What it is made up of? How to process it? Get detailed technical information on Polyvinyl Chloride and its features. Quick Links to the Detailed Profile:   »  PVC and Its Different Forms   »  How PVC is manufactured?   »  What are the main characteristics of PVC?   »  Methods to Enhance Properties of PVC   »  Popular Applications of Vinyl Resin   »  Processing Techniques for Rigid and Flexible...

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Cyclic Olefin Copolymer: Techno Brief

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This technology profile features various key facts about Cyclic Olefin Copolymer (COC) thermoplastics. COC is a class of amorphous thermoplastic polymers with excellent dimensional stability compared to other transparent polymers. This technoprofile would familiarize you with COC strengths & limitations, applications across industries, various properties and processing guidelines.

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Polyphenylene Sulfide (PPS): A Comprehensive Guide on High Heat Plastic

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Polyphenylene sulfide (PPS) is a high-performance, engineering thermoplastic characterized by an unusual combination of properties. These properties range from high temperature performance to dimensional stability and excellent electrical insulation properties. But, what makes PPS a high performance plastic in several sectors? What it is made up of? Get detailed technical information on Polyphenylene sulfide and explore:    »  What is PPS - Polyphenylene Sulfide?    »  How PPS is Produced?    »  Key Properties of PPS (Physical, thermal, electrical…)    »  How to Optimize PPS Properties?    »  What are the popular applications of PPS?    »  Processing methods for PPS (Continue reading or click to go on specific section of the page)

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Polyetherimide (PEI): A Comprehensive Review

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Characterized by a combination of outstanding thermal, mechanical and electrical properties, Polyetherimide (PEI) has made its place in high performance applications like automotive, aerospace, industrial and many more. Explore Polyetherimide in detail along with its key properties like mechanical, thermal, electrical, etc. and understand what makes it an ideal choice in high-end engineering applications. Also, learn about its production process and conditions to process this polymer material. Let’s first start by understanding basic characteristics of PEI…

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Polyethersulfone (PES) - Complete Guide on High-temperature Engineering Polymer

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Polyethersulfone (PES or PESU) is relatively a new class of polymer and known since 1972 when first introduced by ICI. This high-temperature engineering thermoplastic has good transparency and flame resistance, and it is one of the lowest smoke-emitting materials available. Let’s explore key properties and benefits offered by PPS, in detail, which makes it a material of choice in several sectors. Get detailed technical information on PES by reviewing:   » What is PESU – Polyethersulfone?   » Key properties of PESU (physical, mechanical, chemical…)   » How to optimize its properties?   » What are the popular applications of PES   » Different methods used to process PES (Continue reading or click to go on...

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Polyetheretherketone (PEEK): A Complete Guide on High-Heat Engineering Plastic

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Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) is a high-performance, engineering thermoplastic characterized by an unusual combination of properties. These properties range from high temperature performance to mechanical strength and excellent chemical resistance. But, what are the key characteristics which make PEEK a high-performance plastic? What it is made up of? Get all the technical information on Polyetheretherketone, explore what are its key properties and benefits in detail! Also, learn about popular application (aerospace, automotive, medical...) and processing conditions for this polymer. Let’s begin by defining the polymer...

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Comprehensive Guide on Polyimide (PI)

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As an attractive dielectric material, polyimide has been widely used in the field of electronics, aerospace, and automobiles fulfilling increasing need for materials that can perform well under harsh conditions, such as elevated temperatures. Polyimides are an important class of step-growth polymers due to their high temperature stability, mechanical properties, and superior chemical resistance. Explore Polyimides (PI) in detail along with its key properties like mechanical, thermal, electrical, etc. and understand what makes it an ideal choice in high-end engineering applications.

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Thermoplastic Elastomers 101: An Ultimate Guide

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Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are one of the most versatile plastics in today’s market bridging between the service properties of elastomers and the processing properties of thermoplastics. The cost effectiveness and design flexibility enable TPEs to be used in many major end-user markets, including consumer products, electronics, medical devices, automotive, and much more. Explore this comprehensive guide and learn everything you need to know about TPEs. Quick Links to the Detailed Profile:  »  What are Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs)?  »  Advantages & Disadvantages of TPEs  »  Classification and Chemistries of TPE Materials  »  Emergence of Bio-based TPEs  »  Key Application Areas of Thermoplastic Elastomers  »  Properties and Processing of TPEs (Continue reading or click to go...

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Complete Guide on Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (TPU)

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Learn more about Thermoplastic Polyurethane, a versatile thermoplastic elastomer with high durability and flexibility. Learn more about how it is produced, its main properties and benefits which enable various industries to produce advance products. Also, get detailed information on popular applications of thermoplastics polyurethanes ranging from automotive to agriculture and many more. How TPU is Produced? TPU's Key Properties of Such as Abrasion Resistance, Soft Touch... What are the Main Types of TPU Films? Factors Limiting Use of Thermoplastic Polyurethanes What Makes TPU a Popular Choice in Several Applications? Popular Processing Methods for TPU TPU Safety & Environmental Benefits (Continue reading...

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