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Plastic Product Applications

With so many different types of plastic material available today, selecting the appropriate product for your specific application can be difficult. Let our experienced staff guide you in product selection, choosing the best material for your use. Technical assistance with material selection is critical in the success of your project.


Some factors to consider in product selection include:




Typical Applications Listed Below


Aerospace & Flight

For flight applications, plastics are used for their high strength-to-weight ratios. Many

high-tech plastics were originally developed as a result of research for the space programs.

Advanced polymers are used because of the extreme temperatures found at high altitudes

and in outer space. Low friction, high strength, and temperature stability are often important

reasons why plastics are used. For underwater simulations of in-space operations, plastics

do not corrode and provide neutral buoyancy for realistic practice sessions.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials utilized for Aerospace include Acetal, Acrylic, ABS, Polyamide (PA),

Polyamide-Imide (PAI), Polycarbonate, PEEK, Polyethylene, PPO, PPS, and PTFE.


Architectural & Design

Maximize natural light without compromising material strength, energy savings, design possibilities and fire resistance with plastics in building applications. Plastic offers a variety of solutions for the architecture and building & construction markets. Whether it's a decorative wall covering, a wood-grain laminate or acrylic fish tank for a commercial space, our plastics provide the perfect combination of aesthetics and function for nearly any space.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials utilized for chemical environments include Acrylic, ETFE, Fibre-Reinforced Plastic (FRP), Polycarbonate, PETG, PVC, PVC/Acrylic Alloy, Polypropylene, Polystyrene


Automotive

The automotive industry is always searching for higher strength materials that are lightweight and easy to fabricate. Plastics can provide cost- effective solutions to many difficult automotive applications. Some of the newer high-performance plastics can withstand the high temperatures of engine compartments and maintain excellent resistance to combustion products and solvents. Composite materials are strong, wear-resistant, and can handle high loads and impact. Some plastics can be metal-plated for decorative components where appearance is a premium.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials utilized for Automotive include Acetal, Acrylic, Nylon/Cast Nylon, PBT, Polycarbonate, Polyethylene, PET, Polypropylene, Polyurethane, and UHMW-PE.


Chemical Manufacturing

Chemical manufacturing can provide high temperature, high pressure, and corrosive environments for all materials. Using some of the latest plastic materials, process vessels, tanks and seals can be made which can withstand the most severe chemical agents. Specialized materials can be used for protection and containment of acids, alkaline's, and all manner of solvents. With proper material selection, expensive down-time and component failure can be avoided.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials utilized for chemical environments include Acetal, Ultem, PEEK, PVC, Polypropylene, PVDF, PET and PTFE


Electrical Power & Electronics

Because there are so many different types available, plastics materials are ideal for use in electrical and electronic applications. Plastics can withstand high voltages and high temperatures without degradation. The insulating properties of plastics are well-known, but some materials are available which are surface- or volume- conductive. Composite materials combine properties to make ideal components with mechanical strength, high dielectric constants, and other important characteristics.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the manufacturing of electronic components and for electrical applications include Vespel, PTFE, PEEK, Torlon, G10, Mylar and Polycarbonate.



Environmental

A lifecycle materials analysis will show that plastic materials are less environmentally taxing to make, transport, install and much more durable than alternative products. Plus, plastics are recyclable!


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the manufacturing of electronic components and for electrical applications include Bioplastics, Cast Nylon, CPVC, HDPE, LDPE, PBT, Polycarbonate, PET, Polypropylene, Polystyrene, PVC


Exhibit Manufacturing

We live in a society that thrives on visual display and exhibition. Exhibit manifesting helps companies and individuals display their goods at trade shows and other formats, and plastics reduce the cost and increase the visual experience. Plastics in exhibit manufacturing include structural, mechanical and graphic applications.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the trade show & Design industry include plastics used for branding and structural support of printed media, including Vinyl, Banner, Fabrics, Foamboard, Sintra, Gatorfoam, Acrylic, Fluted Polypropylene and Dibond.



Farming & Agricultural

Plastic materials used in agriculture are often and broadly referred to as "ag plastics." Which include soil fumigation film, irrigation drip tape/tubing, nursery pots and silage bags, but the term is most often used to describe all kinds of plastic plant/soil coverings. Such coverings range from plastic mulch film, row coverings, high and low tunnels (polytunnels), to plastic greenhouses.


If you want longer-lasting parts on your machinery that require less horsepower to run and are so quiet they don’t bother the animals then look no further than plastics for your agricultural needs.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Plastics used in the Farming and Agricultural industries include Acetal, HDPE, LDPE, Nylon/Cast Nylon, UHMW-PE, Polycarbonate, Polypropylene, Polyurethane, PVC.



Fluid Control

How do you ensure that your lab, semiconductor or food-processing applications won’t be contaminated by materials in transport?


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Plastics used in the Fluid Control industries include Acrylic, FEP, PFA, PEEK, Polyethylene, PTFE, PVC.



Food & Beverage

Whenever food is being packaged or prepared, clean and sterilizable surfaces and vessels are critical. Plastics play a key role in mixing, cooking, packaging and transportation of all types of food. Plastics can be heated or cooled repeatedly without affecting food taste or appearance. Food preparation equipment made with plastics can be frequently disinfected and sterilized without fear of degradation. Bearing or load surfaces made from plastics will not introduce dangerous shavings and require no lubrication.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Plastics used in the Food and Beverage industries are typically FDA, USDA, NSF, 3-A Dairy, and Canada AG compliant, including Nylon, UHMW, Teflon, PVC tube, Ultem, Acetal/Delrin, PET, Sanalite Cutting Board and Metal Detectable Plastics.


Government – Aerospace and Defense

All democracies have strong, stable governments as their foundations. Governments are charged with providing their peoples' basic needs of safety, security, and other physical and social needs. Governments continue utilizing plastics to reduce costs and improve safety within societies. The demanding performance requirements of the aerospace and defense industries cover a wide variety of plastics and composites that require strict adherence to specifications, lot and batch traceability, and materials that stand up in extreme operating environments.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the support of National Defense, Homeland Security, and Aerospace applications include products for displays or signs, mechanical plastics for engineering and R&D, and see-through products including security and bullet-resistant applications.


Life Sciences

The use of plastics is quickly growing in the areas of orthotics and prosthetics, taking advantage of plastics' unique characteristics.  Life sciences applications demand durability, reliability, regulatory compliance, tracability from raw materials and design flexibility.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Life Sciences industry include Acetal, PEEK, PEI, Polyethylene, Polysulfone, Polycarbonate, Polypropylene, PVC, and UHMW-PE.


Logging & Forestry

Plastics are frequently used in manufacturing and maintenance of the heavy equipment used to harvest trees, transport them to mills, and process wood into wood products. Because of their toughness, durability, and high impact strength, plastics are used for wear plates, bearings, rollers, and other load-bearing members in this industry.

Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Logging and Forestry industry include Acetal, FEP, HDPE, LDPE, Nylon/Cast Nylon, Polycarbonate, and UHMW-PE.


Machine Shops

The machine shop industry is one of the most important material removal and modification methods. It is a collection of material-working processes in which power-driven machine tools, such as saws, lathes, milling machines, and drill presses, are used with a sharp cutting tool to mechanically cut the material to achieve the desired geometry.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used by machine shops to create parts with characteristics outside of the range of

non-plastic materials include Nylon, UHMW, ULTEM, Acetal/Delrin, PVC, PEEK, PET and

PTFE (rod, tube and plate).


Materials Handling

Material handling equipment such as conveyors, carts, wheels, rollers, slides, and transportation equipment are ideal applications for plastics. Plastics are flexible and tough enough to withstand rough treatment and abuse without breaking. Bearings and wear surfaces made from plastics are low friction and tough.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Material Handling industry include ABS, Acetal, Acrylic, PETG, HDPE,

Nylon/Cast Nylon, Polycarbonate, PEEK, PET/PETE, Polypropylene,, PTFE, PVC, and UHMW-PE.



Manufacturing

Plastics have transformed the manufacturing industry in multiple areas, from preparation to fabrication to post production operations. Applications include mechanical applications, such as conveyor belt rollers, bushings and plates, graphical applications such as safety signage, and see-through applications such as machinery guards.  


Plastics provide numerous advantages for any manufacturing operation. They’re lightweight, hold up well under extreme conditions and are an excellent cost-effective alternative to metal.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Manufacturing industry include Polycarbonate, Nylon, PVC, UHMW, Acetal/Delrin and Acrylic.


Marine

Plastics are resistant to saltwater, UV, chemicals, sunshine and corrosion, making them perfect for marine applications.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Marine industry include ABS, Acrylic, HDPE, Phenolic, Polycarbonate, PET, Polyurethane, PVC, UHMW-PE.


Mining

Durable plastics help reduce noise, prolong equipment life and protect miners. From safety equipment to truck bed liners to parts such as gears, rollers, sprockets and so on, try mining plastics for long-lasting applications.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Mining industry include ABS, Acetal, Acrylic, HDPE, Nylon/Cast Nylon, Phenolic, Polycarbonate, PEEK, PPS, Polypropylene, PVC, UHMW-PE



Medical

Every day, plastics are involved in critical surgeries, life-saving efforts, and routine medical

procedures. Plastic materials can be sterilized hundreds of times without degradation. Lightweight plastics are used to form replacement joints, non-surgical supports, and therapy equipment. Clear plastics provide visibility for transfusions, surgeries, and diagnostic equipment of all kinds. And plastics can be machined, molded, or formed into almost any shape imaginable.  


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Medical materials that meet FDA and USP Class VI requirements and certifications and lot & batch traceability, include PEEK, Radel, Ultem, Acetal, Noryl, Polycarbonate and ABS.



Oil Drilling & Exploration

When high pressures, high temperatures, abrasive fluids and saltwater combine, only plastics can withstand the attack. Plastics are ideal for use in protective equipment, surface coatings, and even structural components. Proper material selection can give long life under conditions which destroy most metals. When cost, down-time, and rig personnel safety are critical, plastics are often the best choice for drilling applications. And, because of their advanced properties, composites are used in down-hole equipment bearings, seals, connectors, and insulators.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Oil Drilling and Exploration industry include Acetal, Cast Nylon, Halar, (ECTFE), PVDF, PTFE, Ultem, Vespel, Torlon, PEEK, and G-10 and G-11 glass-epoxy laminates and UHMW.


Oil Refinery & Transportation

In the oil industry, process vessels, tanks and seals are often subjected to high temperatures, extreme pressures, and corrosive chemicals. Failure of components can be expensive in both time and money. Plastics are available which can maintain their properties and withstand the severe conditions.

Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Oil Refinery and Transportation industry include Halar (ECTFE), PVDF, PTFE, Ultem, Vespel, Torlon, PEEK, and G-10 and G-11 glass-epoxy laminates.

Pharmaceutical

Plastics are booming in the pharmaceutical industry because of their durability, ability to be sterilized, easy machinability to exacting specifications and cost effectiveness.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Pharmaceutical industry include Acetal, Acrylic, ABS, HDPE, Nylon/Cast Nylon, Polycarbonate, PETG, PEI, PES, Polyethylene, PET, PPS, Polypropylene, Polystyrene, PVC, PBT, TPE, UHMW-PE


Power Plants

Plastics are the perfect lower-cost alternative to other materials in power plant operations. They stand up well to heat, pressure and chemicals, providing a nearly maintenance-free solution to any harsh Environment.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Power Plant industry include Cast Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastics (CC-GRP), Fibre-Reinforced Plastics (FRP)Polypropylene, PTFE, Polyurethane, UHMW-PE.

Processing

Regardless of your processing application, plastics will keep your operations running smoothly, thanks to their corrosion-resistant properties, weight-bearing capabilities and all-round durability.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in Processing industries include ABS, Acetal, Acrylic, PETG, HDPE, Nylon/Cast Nylon, PBT, Polycarbonate, PEEK, PET, Polypropylene, PTFE, PVC, UHMW-PE


Underwater Seismology

Because of their high strength, resistance to corrosion, and insulating properties, plastics are ideal for use in Underwater Seismology. Plastics provide excellent protection for delicate instruments and do not interfere with electronic or mechanical signals as they are transmitted and received. And there's no chance of degradation due to saltwater, chemicals or oils.

Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Underwater Seismology industry include Ultem, Vespel, Torlon, PEEK, and G-10 and G-11 glass-epoxy laminates.


Recreation

From swimming pools to roller coasters to basketball backboards to playground equipment, if you’re having fun, chances are plastics are along for the ride. Relax and enjoy the durability of plastics!

Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Recreation industry include ABS, Acetal, Acrylic, Cast Nylon, HDPE, Nylon, Polycarbonate, Polyethylene, Polypropylene, PTFE, Polyurethane, PVC, UHMW-PE



Retail Trade

The retail trade industry moves products from the production or wholesale processes to end users. Plastics aid in distribution, the graphical display and finally structural support of products or services.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials designed to display and merchandise retail environments include Acrylic point of purchase displays (P.O.P.), Acrylic Cast/Extruded, PETG, ABS, foam PVC and Vinyl Banner.


Security

In the ever changing world we live in, security environments become more of the norm. Plastics have taken on a major role in security applications including prison guard shack windows, police station protection, bank teller windows, convenience store protection, etc.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Security industry include Polycarbonate, Glass Clad polycarbonate as well as wire reinforced and numerous laminated materials.


Semiconductor Manufacturing

Plastics are used extensively throughout the semiconductor industry, especially where

high-temperature processing is required. Plastics are dimensionally stable at high and low temperatures, provide clean & contaminant-free surfaces, and are not affected by harsh chemicals, strong acids, or solvents. New plastics continue to replace metal parts for wafer handling, bearing surfaces, processing vessels, parts carriers, and IC test equipment sockets & handlers.

Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Semiconductor industry include Acetal, CPVC, ETFE), FEP, PFA, Polycarbonate, PEEK, PET, PPS, PSU, PTFE, PVC, and PVDF.



Signs and Design

Looking for a durable, weather-resistant material to produce eye-catching displays? The graphic design industry is a creative process, most often involving a client and a designer, usually completed in conjunction with producers of form, to convey a specific message to a targeted audience.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

The sign and graphics industry commonly uses roll stock and oversized sheets, including Acrylic, Polycarbonate, PVC foam, Engraving Stock, Dibond, Sign Vinyl - OVERSIZE SHEET and ROLL STOCK.


Transportation

The transportation equipment manufacturing industry includes products utilized to create and facilitate the transportation of goods and services. Applications include mechanical applications, such as conveyor belt rollers, bushings and plates, graphical applications such as safety signage, and see-through applications such as machinery guards.


Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in Transportation equipment and manufacturing are often lightweight, high temperature and impact resistant, and include materials such as ABS, Kydex, and Polycarbonate.


Underwater Seismology

Because of their high strength, resistance to corrosion, and insulating properties, plastics are ideal for use in Underwater Seismology. Plastics provide excellent protection for delicate instruments and do not interfere with electronic or mechanical signals as they are transmitted and received. And there's no chance of degradation due to saltwater, chemicals or oils.

Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Underwater Seismology industry include Ultem, Vespel, Torlon, PEEK, and G-10 and G-11 glass-epoxy laminates.


Water & Waste Treatment

Plastic pipes, tanks, pump elements, and other components are often used in Water & Waste

Treatment equipment and systems. Plastics are inert and can withstand harsh chemicals, acids, alkaline's, and solvents. Because of their high abrasion resistance, plastics can be used for bearings, impellers, and valve parts. Plastic components often require less maintenance and can withstand rough use without cracking or breaking.

Materials Utilized Within Industry

Materials used in the Water and Waste Treatment industry Acetal, ABS, Cast Nylon, CPVC, HDPE, LDPE, Polypropylene, PVC, PVDF, UHMW-PE.


Our knowledgeable staff can guide you in selecting the right product to meet your needs, then design and engineer the material to your specifications, producing a finished product that meets your stringent tolerances.

Call us: 1-800-378-4483            Email us: Sales@NortheastPlastic.net