Polyethylene is a semi-crystalline material that is the largest thermoplastic polymer used today. PE is offered in a wide variety of grades such as, Low-Density Polyethylene (LDPE), High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMW-PE) Very- High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (VHMW) and High- High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (HMW). All of these grades hold many different properties which make PE a highly sought after material for a variety of applications. Characteristics of PE include: toughness, excellent chemical resistance and electrical properties, low coefficient of friction, near-zero moisture absorption, light weight and ease of processing.
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Polyethylene based materials are suitable for a variety of environments. They are chemically resistant, have a low coefficient of friction, act as non abrasive wear surfaces and have excellent impact properties.
Many PE formulations are FDA and NSF approved making them ideal for food processing applications Including cutting boards, wear strips, rollers and liners.
To learn more about polyethylene and how it can benefit your plastic fabrication needs, reach out to the expert team at National Plastics and Seals today. We’re on hand to answer any questions you may have.