How to Select Plastic Plate, Rod, and Stock Shapes Plastic plate, rod and stock shapes include shaped plastic parts and plastic stock. They are fabricated through molding, casting, extrusion, pultrusion, machining, thermal forming, plastic welding, blow molding, and grinding processes. Products are supplied as bars, films, flats, hexes, plates, profiles, rods, rounds, sheets, shims, and spheres. Types of Plastic Plate, Rod, and Stock Shapes There are many different chemical materials...
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Q & A on Plastic Plate, Rod, and Stock Shapes

We asked our users for their input on Plastic Plate, Rod, and Stock Shapes. Here are the results of 75 users familiar with Plastic Plate, Rod, and Stock Shapes.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing plastic plate, rod and stock shape design?
10 answers
Answers:
Renewables Industry has a promising future for engineering plastics; Offshore wind turbines could benefit from using plastics other than metals.
~Hayey P, Technical Application Support, Rhondda Cynnon Taff, United Kingdom
Carbon fiber filled for added strength and barium sulfate filled for radiopacity.
~Michael K, Marketing/Sales, Vineland, NJ
HTHP, new energy technologies with new and different combinations of requirements.
~Design Engineer, Forres, Great Britain
Processing control to ensure dimensional stability during machining operations.
~Edward A, Marketing/Sales, Conifer, CO
The Brunel process has the potential to influence the rod and stock business.
~Peter A, Research & Development, Uxbridge, UK
High heat resistance, high tensile strength, unbreakable
~Research & Development, Taytay, rizal, Philippines
3D prototyping laser cutting molding improvements
~Peter B, Research & Development, Berry NSW, Australia
Nanotechnology, new chemistries
~Marketing/Sales, Reading, PA
High performance
~Mel E, General Management, Franklin, MI
Price.
~Ted Y, Owner of form,trim and design plastics., Corona, U,S.A.

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative plastic plate, rod and stock shapes?
9 answers
Answers:
1. Advance Polymer Technology, Stockton California 2. Quadrant EPP, Reading, PA 3. Ensinger USA, Washington, PA In that order for innovation, quality, and pricing
~Edward A, Marketing/Sales, Conifer, CO
I haven't found a company innovative in the ways my company requires.
~Design Engineer, Forres, Great Britain
ZL PLastics, Quadrant Engineered Plastic Products
~Marketing/Sales, Reading, PA
Chair making companies, automobile parts
~Research & Development, Taytay, rizal, Philippines
The ones that make plastic packaging
~Peter B, Research & Development, Berry NSW, Australia
Quadrant and Orthoplastics
~Michael K, Marketing/Sales, Vineland, NJ
Ensinger
~Hayey P, Technical Application Support, Rhondda Cynnon Taff, United Kingdom
My self.
~Ted Y, Owner of form,trim and design plastics., Corona, U,S.A.
Victrex
~Mel E, General Management, Franklin, MI

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used plastic plate, rod and stock shapes for?
20 answers
Answers:
1. Replacement of metals in chemical processing equipment using PAI and PEEK 2. Semiconductor back-end test fixtures machined from plate stock of PAI and PEEK 3. Down hole oil service tools seals made from PEEK and PPS tube stock.
~Edward A, Marketing/Sales, Conifer, CO
Medical components, Aircraft components, Pump components, food applications. The list is endless, there are so many opportunities for engineering plastics & high performance plastics.
~Hayey P, Technical Application Support, Rhondda Cynnon Taff, United Kingdom
Bearing and Wear: food equipment applications, Construction & Ag bearings, bushings, wear plates. Static: medical handles, semiconductor handling devices, artificial limbs
~Marketing/Sales, Reading, PA
Manufacture of high voltage electrodes for physical water treatment. We weld, glue, and shape plates, tubes, etc. to make these electrodes.
~David McLachlan, Design Engineer, Lenesa, KS
The samples that have been made have been used as net shaped products, near net shaped products or as stock for machining.
~Peter A, Research & Development, Uxbridge, UK
Manufacturing polyester boats, shop displays, foil stamping, screen printing, vacuum forming, sublimation.
~Peter B, Research & Development, Berry NSW, Australia
Fabrication of Point of Purchase signs, displays,dispensers & merchandising aids
~Manufacturing, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Mostly surgical instruments, medical devices and ancillary products.
~Michael K, Marketing/Sales, Vineland, NJ
Building scenery and props for Film, TV and live theatre events.
~David W, Project Manager, Cairo, Egypt
Palstic pallet / tape and reel set for electronic components
~Marketing/Sales, Tao-Yuan, Taiwan
All industries from semicon to food industry and so on
~Marketing/Sales, Waldachtal, Germany
Make stands,legs,for lapidary equipment and supplies.
~Ted Y, Owner of form,trim and design plastics., Corona, U,S.A.
Energy dissipators, travel casings, skis,
~Engineering, Consulting, Venezia, Italy
Glazing sheet for Solar Thermal Collector
~Design Engineer, Forres, Great Britain
Wear strips, bushes, die strippers.
~Research & Development, Auckland, New Zealand
Building and turck construction
~Marketing/Sales, Suzhou, China
On our south african flag
~Manufacturing, Lydenburg, South Africa
Household appliances
~Research & Development, Taytay, rizal, Philippines
Machined parts
~Purchasing, Westminster, CA
Confidential
~Mel E, General Management, Franklin, MI

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that plastic plate, rod and stock shapes have been used for.
8 answers
Answers:
Glazing for solar thermal collector (renewable energy). We are one of a a small minority of manufacturers of collectors who don't use glass, we use polycarbonate. The problem is the maximum operating temperature is less than ideal.
~Design Engineer, Forres, Great Britain
Exercise rods, grape harvesting rods, vacuum plates in seed counting equipment, diffuser plates in wine decanting equipment.
~Marketing/Sales, Reading, PA
1. The use of PBI for missile nose cones 2. The use of PEEK shapes for dielectric connectors in steam environments
~Edward A, Marketing/Sales, Conifer, CO
Personalized decorated (sublimated) polyester sheeting for bathroom cladding.
~Peter B, Research & Development, Berry NSW, Australia
Kitchenwares, roofing materials, see through materials
~Research & Development, Taytay, rizal, Philippines
High voltage electrodes placed in water.
~David McLachlan, Design Engineer, Lenesa, KS
Sterilization tray lids.
~Michael K, Marketing/Sales, Vineland, NJ
Small garden boxes
~Ted Y, Owner of form,trim and design plastics., Corona, U,S.A.

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of plastic plate, rod and stock shapes?
4 answers
Answers:
Non-implantable materials have been left in the body after surgery was complete. Thankfully, mostly of these materials are harmless if removed promptly.
~Michael K, Marketing/Sales, Vineland, NJ
Yes, chairs that buckle and break under low heat and/or harden from use in UV environment.
~Peter B, Research & Development, Berry NSW, Australia
Not understanding the properties, and chemical resistance.
~Edward A, Marketing/Sales, Conifer, CO
Out side items, the sun and cold are killers.
~Ted Y, Owner of form,trim and design plastics., Corona, U,S.A.

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
10 answers
Answers:
High dielectric strength at higher temperature with good breakdown voltage at 35 kvdc.
~David McLachlan, Design Engineer, Lenesa, KS
Higher temperature resistance for the engineering materials.
~Marketing/Sales, Reading, PA
600F seals for rotating equipment in steam operations.
~Edward A, Marketing/Sales, Conifer, CO
High temperature+transparent in same sheet product.
~Design Engineer, Forres, Great Britain
Complete impact resistance automobile body parts.
~Research & Development, Taytay, rizal, Philippines
More general glue ability between "the species".
~Peter B, Research & Development, Berry NSW, Australia
High strength with a low weight ratio.
~Michael K, Marketing/Sales, Vineland, NJ
Baby beds for dogs of all size,
~Ted Y, Owner of form,trim and design plastics., Corona, U,S.A.
High strength to weight ratio.
~David W, Project Manager, Cairo, Egypt
How to replace metals
~Mel E, General Management, Franklin, MI

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using plastic plate, rod and stock shapes?
8 answers
Answers:
Always be sure of all the component requirements, chemical contact, mechanical values etc; plastic can be a very technical material but you have to be extra sure during the design process.
~Hayey P, Technical Application Support, Rhondda Cynnon Taff, United Kingdom
Joining sources like GlobalSpec is very useful to keep up to date with latest developments and product availability.
~Design Engineer, Forres, Great Britain
Understand the properties before you commit. Shapes are weaker than a molded part.
~Edward A, Marketing/Sales, Conifer, CO
Check with an expert in approved medical grade resins to ensure success.
~Michael K, Marketing/Sales, Vineland, NJ
When they glue instead of screwing check the life span of the glue.
~Peter B, Research & Development, Berry NSW, Australia
Buy the correct solvents and cleaners for plastics.
~David W, Project Manager, Cairo, Egypt
Know what your doing.
~Ted Y, Owner of form,trim and design plastics., Corona, U,S.A.
Don't buy on price
~Mel E, General Management, Franklin, MI

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of plastic plate, rod and stock shapes?
6 answers
Answers:
Know your specifications, material requirements, government regulations, etc., when dealing with medical devices. The best source for all of this would be Total Life Sciences in Fort Wayne IN at 1-260-489-3656.
~Michael K, Marketing/Sales, Vineland, NJ
Ask expert advice as soon as possible. It saves a lot of hassle trawling through endless datasheets that can easily be misleading if you don't fully understand what you're reading.
~Design Engineer, Forres, Great Britain
Many plastics are hard to clean especially when used outside.
~Peter B, Research & Development, Berry NSW, Australia
No. errors are a good way to learn.
~Ted Y, Owner of form,trim and design plastics., Corona, U,S.A.
Think tube versus rod.
~Mel E, General Management, Franklin, MI
There are too many.
~Edward A, Marketing/Sales, Conifer, CO


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