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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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Polyamide (PA) or Nylon: Complete Guide (PA6, PA66, PA11, PA12…)

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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 applications and benefits of some common polyamides: PA11, PA12, PA46, PA6, PA66 and PPA (polyphthalamides). Explore more about their key properties like mechanical, thermal, electrical, etc., conditions to process this polymer and understand what makes Polyamides an ideal choice in high-end engineering applications.

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A Complete Guide to Polycarbonate (PC)

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Polycarbonate is a thermoplastic material which offers manufacturer and designers many possibilities while providing greater design freedom, enhanced aesthetics and cost reductions! The material is known for maintaining coloring and strength over time, even in stressful conditions. Become an expert by learning some basic information about polycarbonates, what are its key features and properties, how to optimize its properties and popular applications. Also find out processing conditions for injection molding, extrusion, 3D Printing and safety of this versatile polymer.

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PMMA or Acrylic: Guide to Support Your Future ‘Transparent’ Developments

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PMMA or acrylic is a widely used transparent plastic material known for its applications in various markets from car windows, smartphone screens to aquariums. It is a tough plastic, easy to shape and a great alternative to the high cost and less resilient glass. Explore polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) in detail along with its key properties and understand what makes it an ideal choice in so many applications. Also, learn about conditions to process this polymer material and how to recycle it. Let’s first start by understanding acrylic plastic and how it is made…

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Polypropylene (PP) Plastic - Complete Guide

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Learn more about Polypropylene, a rigid and crystalline thermoplastic used in everyday objects. Discover how it is manufactured, what are the various types of PP available (homopolymer, copolymer, impact....) and its key properties ranging from mechanical, physical and chemical. Also, get detailed information on key features which make polypropylene an ideal material of choice in applications ranging from automotive, medical to packaging.

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Polyethylene (PE) - Complete Guide

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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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Comprehensive Guide on Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

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Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC or Vinyl) is a high strength thermoplastic material widely used in pipes and medical devices but list is endless. It is the world's third-most widely produced synthetic plastic polymer... But, what is PVC? What it is made up of? How to process it? Get technical information on Polyvinyl Chloride, explore methods used to produce it and main types of additives used! Also, learn about key features, conditions to process this polymer material and how to recycle it.

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Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) - The Rising Star Amongst Today's Bioplastics

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Today, bioplastics are recognized as one of the key sustainable elements of 21st century. They offer an improved balance between the environmental benefits and the environmental impact of plastics. Among them, one bio-based polymer which has gained immense popularity in the past few years is: PEF - Polyethylene Furanoate! This next-gen polymer offers a great potential to replace oil-based polymers. It is renewable, non-toxic and a recyclable alternate with similar properties. However, there are still several aspects that need consideration for efficient production of PEF at commercial scale. Explore more about this polymer in detail! Get information about its properties...

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Complete Guide on Polybutylene Terephthalate (PBT)

By SpecialChem

Providing innovative solutions that save weight and decrease costs along with other benefits, PBT has made its place in end-markets like automotive, consumer goods as well as electrical & electronics. Explore polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) 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 few polybutylene terephthalate blends with PC, PET and conditions to process this polymer material. Let’s first start by understanding PBT plastic and how it is made…

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Polylactide (PLA): Complete Guide to Accelerate your 'Green' Approach

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Rapidly growing concerns related to environmental and health safety, limiting dependence on petrochemical raw materials, reducing carbon footprint ... are among the few factors driving inclination towards use of biopolymers. There exist several biopolymers today and thanks to the excellent degradation behavior and versatility of PLA:    » It is now widely used in packaging sector right from a niche product in organic trade to premium packaging for branded goods    » High-performance grades, that are an excellent replacement for PS, PP, and ABS, are gaining traction in more demanding applications What makes PLA a very versatile polymer and material of choice in several applications today?...

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Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF): Complete Guide

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In the recent years, there has been considerable interest expressed in the polymer Polyvinylidene Fluoride (PVDF). The interest it received because it exhibits strongest piezoelectric properties as compared to any other commercial polymer. The polymer is widely used in high tech applications such as chemical process equipment, electrical and electronics, specialty and energy related applications. But, what makes PVDF a high performance plastic in several sectors? Read on to know more…

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