Beneficial Properties of Engineering Plastics Win Them Friends in Materials Handling and Machinery Applications

Engineering plastics win friends in materials handling and machinery engineering applications because of their outstanding clean, quiet and self-lubricating properties as well as high abrasion and impact resistance.

One particularly versatile and user-friendly family of high performance engineering plastics comprises Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethelynes (UHMW-PE), represented in Australia by Dotmar EPP's Polystone range.

Different formulations of these Titans among engineering plastics can not only provide the perfect performance for particular jobs, but also often cut costs compared with specialist metals - as well as low co-efficients of friction.

Uses of UHMW-PE cover a diverse spectrum of applications, including bulk material handling; food processing and beverage machinery; mining and mineral processing equipment; manufacturing equipment; civil engineering and earthmoving equipment; and transport-related applications, including truck trays, bins and hoppers.

Polystone UHMW-PE materials are odourless, non-toxic, and tasteless. Made of unusually long molecular chains, these chains serve to transfer load more effectively to the polymer’s backbone by strengthening intermolecular interactions. This results in one of the most durable thermoplastic polyethylene’s on the market.

Simply put, Polystone UHMW-PE has a “rare DNA”. While every thermoplastic stands out with one or two key benefits, Polystone UHMW-PE possesses several. When compared with traditional polymers, it’s the only thermoplastic that has the highest resistance to abrasion and chemical erosion, while at the same time maintaining product integrity under higher impact/stress situation.

Additionally, their self-lubricating character yields a non-stick surface comparable with PTFE. Put all these benefits together with its low moisture absorption character and its low coefficient of friction and you have the most durable plastic available anywhere - and ready to go into service just about anywhere.

However, it is important for the engineer and designer to appreciate that no single product in the Polystone UHMW-PE family exhibits all of the desirable characteristics that a customer looks for in a polymer. In selecting the perfect Polystone for particular applications, it pays to know the difference between the major categories. These include:

Polystone 7000

Polystone 7000 is the general purpose UHMWPE. It is suited to engineered applications where its unique properties of excellent impact strength, wear and abrasion resistance are required. Like other members of the Polystone family to follow, its key features and benefits include:

• Impact Strength - it is virtually unbreakable
• Light weight - easy to handle without special equipment
• Physiologically inert - approved for food applications
• Electrical insulation - it is a good insulator
• Weatherproof - it doesn't absorb water
• Chemical resistance - resists corrosive chemicals (Sulphuric Acid, Caustic Soda)
• Abrasion resistance - rated better than Carbon Steel for sliding abrasion applications
• Low coefficient of friction - it does not require lubrication

Polystone Ultra

Polystone Ultra is specifically formulated for improved sliding characteristics, enhancing its resistance to wear, abrasion, and environmental stress cracking.

This material is ideally suited to flow promotion and mechanical transmission support products. Sharing the key advantages of general purpose UHMW-PE, this material is engineered to deliver top performance in applications such as:

• Bulk storage flow promotion
• Bulk storage wear liners
• Mechanical chain guides
• Mechanical wear strips

Polystone Ultra not only reduces friction, wear, clogging and noise compared with metal, but also never needs lubrication.

Polystone 7000SR

Polystone 7000SR is specifically formulated to suit applications where reduced static is required in handling of bulk materials and other high speed sliding applications. These include lining of storage systems and change parts for the beverage industry. It is particularly suited to:

• Bulk storage flow promotion
• Bulk storage wear liners
• Grain industry
• Coal handling

Polystone M Flametec

This is the first flame retardant and anti static UHMWPE that has the following specialties:
• Halogen free
• Antimony free
• No strong smoke emission
• Non-toxic smokes/gases
• Technical properties of UHMWPE are not reduced
• Fire Rating - achieved UL94 class V0
Applications for which it is designed include underground mining, scraper blades, hopper liners, liner beds, wear profiles, impact slider blades and chain guides
Polystone Matrox

Polystone Matrox is a specially formulated premium grade UHMWPE. Its unique combination of properties includes outstanding abrasion resistance, excellent non-stick properties and excellent corrosion resistance.
Polystone Matrox is ideally suited for the lining of hoppers, bins and earth moving equipment to promote flow, reduce hang-up and carry-back.
This new premium grade polymer alloy liner is specifically designed for lining hoppers, chutes, bins, dump truck bodies, dozer blades and many other applications requiring solutions to sliding, abrasion and release of sticky, hard-to-move materials. MATROX delivers best-case production flow rates at optimum wall angle

Its formulation achieves an extremely low co-efficient of friction. Strict measurement of results during its development ensure an extremely high quality product for use in many demanding bulk solids handling industries, including mining, minerals and concentrate handling, quarrying, chemical, filtration, packaging, timber and marine engineering.

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