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Plastics & Elastomers
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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 versatile thermoplastic – it is the lightest polymers among all commodity plastics, low density, stress-cracking resistant and the list goes on. Among variety of structures in PP family and its competitive properties with polyethylene can be confusing when it comes to selection. In this guide, get answers to all your queries while looking for a suitable PP grade for your application.

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Thermoplastic Composites : Solutions to Optimize Matrix Fiber Interface

By Mark DeMeuse

Thermoplastic composite materials often suffer from a lack of fiber-matrix adhesion. A weak interface in these materials results in low stiffness and strength but a high resistance to fracture. On the other hand, a strong interface produces high strength and stiffness but generally low fracture resistance. So, how to overcome this lack of fiber-matrix adhesion? Can fiber surface modification help? Find out all your answers here! Explore the ultimate solutions to optimize matrix / fiber interface in thermoplastic composites and achieve desired strength & stiffness along with fracture resistance in your product.

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Resin Selection for Thermoplastic Composites

By Mark DeMeuse

That long-predicted future opportunity for thermoplastic composites seems to be materializing now as they have become increasingly important in various applications. But, nothing can be as challenging as a material selection to finally develop a final product. Are you looking for solutions for an easier resin selection? Find out here! Apprise your knowledge with the various thermoplastics and learn how to select the correct thermoplastic resin considering different criteria.

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Polyamide (PA) or Nylon: Complete Guide (PA6, PA66, PA11, PA12…)
Exhibiting high temperature and electrical resistances, polyamides (nylon) are considered as high performance plastics and are widely used in automotive & transportation markets, consumer goods and electrical and electronics applications among others. Learn more about this interesting class of plastics along with the main properties, benefits and applications of PA11, PA12, PA46, PA6, PA66 and PPA (polyphthalamides).

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Thermoplastic Elastomers 101: An Ultimate Guide
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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Comprehensive Guide on Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
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.

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In-Depth Guide on Extrusion Process

By Thomas Bezigian

Extrusion is simply defined as the forcing of a liquid through a die. In modern industrial terms, extrusion is the pumping of a liquid through a die to yield the final shape desired. The liquid forced through the die can be a polymer or a metal, such as molten aluminum. Understand here, the traditional single stage, single screw extrusion (without the use of a gear pump) in detail. Get in-depth knowledge of the equipment, the design and function of each component from the extruder motor to the die, processing techniques, troubleshooting, and more… We would like to acknowledge PFFC An...

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3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing Using Polymers - Complete Guide

By Edward M. Petrie

The global additive manufacturing industry has progressed very quickly offering broader and high value applications. This accelerating shift has been due to its advantages over conventional manufacturing. Today, applications of additive manufacturing appear to almost be limitless. It is used to fabricate high-tech industrial (aerospace, medical/dental, automotive, electronic), consumer (home, fashion, and entertainment) products and advancements in polymeric materials continue to offer new possibility for the manufacturing industry. Explore what is additive manufacturing, the process of manufacturing and the types of polymers that are generally used in each process. Review: Additive Manufacturing Advantages over Conventional Manufacturing Major AM Processes as Classified...

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Polyethylene (PE) - Complete Guide
From plastic containers, bottles, bags to plastic toys; everywhere we look, we see most of the plastic items made of polyethylene! It is one of the most popular thermoplastic materials available today.... But, what is polyethylene? What it is made up of? How to process PE? Get technical information on polyethylene, explore what are its different types (HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE...) and the properties of some the majorly used forms in detail! Also, learn about key features which make PE an ideal material of choice in applications ranging from packaging, films, tubes and more...

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Complete Guide on Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (TPU)
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.

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