In order to help our customers understand how plastics are used in various businesses, we have prepared "industry-specific" applications pages. Refer to the links below for plastics applications for a specific industry, or contact us for more details.
Semiconductor ManufacturingPlastics 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. For more information, select the link above.
MedicalEvery 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. For more information, select the link above.
Food ProcessingWhenever food is being packaged or prepared, clean and sterilizable surfaces and vessels are critical. Plastics play a key role in mixing, cooking, packaging and transportion 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. For more information, select the link above.
Electrical Power & ElectronicsBecause 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. For more information, select the link above.
Oil Drilling & ExplorationWhen 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. For more information, select the link above.
Oil Refinery & TransportationIn 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. For more information, select the link above.
Underwater SeismologyBecause 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. For more information, select the link above.
AutomotiveThe 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. For more information, select the link above.
Aerospace & FlightFor 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. For more information, select the link above.
Chemical ManufacturingChemical 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, alkalines, and all manner of solvents. With proper material selection, expensive down-time and component failure can be avoided. For more information, select the link above.
Logging & ForestryPlastics 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. For more information, select the link above.
Water & Waste TreatmentPlastic 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, alkalines, 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. For more information, select the link above.
Materials HandlingMaterial handing 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. For more information, select the link above.
Tomorrow's IndustryAs new industries develop, new uses for plastics and composite materials are continually coming to light. High-technology materials continue to combine versatile properties for specialized applications. Often new plastics materials are developed to replace metals, glasses, ceramics, and natural materials. At the rapid pace of today's world, only plastics can keep up with the demand for low-cost and high-tech materials solutions. For more information, select the link above.