Plastics, elastomers and polymers are organic synthetic or processed materials typically consisting of thermoplastic or thermosetting resins that can be made into or supplied as shapes, film, sheet, rod, tube or fiber.
Casting resins are pourable plastic or elastomer compounds that are used to cast parts, make molds, or form structures in place. They are mixed with a hardener, catalyst or activator and then poured into the sprue of open molds.
Caulk, grout and joint compounds are used to fill joints, level surfaces and seal or repair cracks.
Elastomers and rubber shapes are natural or synthetic polymers that exhibit elastic properties and can be formed into finished or semi-finished stock. These amorphous polymers are usually thermosets, but are also available as thermoplastics. Elastic polymer (elastomer) and rubber shapes are available in different forms and sizes, and often use filler materials.
Elastomers and rubber materials are characterized by their high degree of flexibility and elasticity (high reversible elongation or resilience).
Gel elastomers are highly viscoelastic polymer gel materials that have excellent shock absorption and damping characteristics. They are available in a variety of material types and grades.
Leveling and filling compounds are used to level surfaces, fill cavities, and shim or set machinery. They often have filling and sealing properties.
Molding compounds and resins are industrial plastics and polymers that are suitable for forming. They are used in injection molding, compression molding, reaction injection molding (RIM), resin transfer molding (RTM), and blow molding.
Monomers, intermediates, and base polymers are starting raw materials or binders for the production of compounded resins, plastics and elastomers, paints or organic coatings, adhesives and sealants;
Polyamides comprise a family of thermoplastic polymers made of amides joined by peptide bonds. Nylon is a generic name given to polyamide materials. Polyamides are commonly used in textiles, automotive components, carpet, and sportswear due to their extreme durability and strength.
Polycarbonate is an amorphous material with excellent impact strength, clarity, and optical properties. It can be molded to tight tolerances but may be attacked by solvents and petrochemicals.
Polyester resins are a family of polymers based on ester functional groups. Polyethylene terephthalate (PET; often used in fibers) and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT; often used for molding) polymer systems are two types of common polyester materials.
Polyethylene is the most common plastic material and is offered in several forms. Low density polyethylene polymers are used to form a variety of commodity packaging applications as film. High density (HDPE) and ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW PE) have good friction and mechanical properties and are used in medical devices, wear parts, and engineered components.
Polymer and plastic composites are strengthened with fibers, fillers, particulates, powders and other matrix reinforcements to provide improved strength and/or stiffness. Examples include fiber reinforced plastics (FRPs), sheet molding compounds (SMCs), bulk molding compounds (BMCs), pre-preg materials, and fabricated composite parts.
Polymers and plastic materials are organic, synthetic or processed polymers that are supplied as raw materials. They typically consist of thermoplastic or thermosetting resins in the form of pellets, powders or liquid resins. These materials can then be molded into a variety of shapes for a wide range of uses.
Polypropylene is a thermoplastic used in packaging (films), textiles (fibers), and molded parts (containers) and more. It is a rugged addition polymer made from the propylene monomer and is unusually resistant to many chemical solvents, bases and acids.
Polystyrene is a synthetic aromatic polymer that can be rigid, foamed, or an integral part of a copolymer. Copolymers includes systems such as high impact polystyrene (HIPS) and acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), which have wide use due to their improved impact resistance.
Polyvinyl chloride, typically called PVC, is a brittle, solid plastic used in a wide range of applications and environments.
Resins and compounds are used for shape fabrication or bond formation. Types include adhesive, casting, and leveling resins; caulk and grout; and sealants and thread lockers.
Rubber sheets and films are flat expanses of conformable rubber or elastomeric material that can be used for vibration dampening, equipment protection and isolation, and many other applications.
Specialty polymers and resins are proprietary polymers, resins, monomers and intermediates. They include products that are based on proprietary curing technologies or chemistries, or that are designed for specialized applications.
Thermoplastics and thermoplastic materials soften when heated and harden when cooled. They can withstand many heating and cooling cycles and are often suitable for recycling.
Thermosets and thermoset materials are crosslinked polymeric resins that are cured or set using heat or heat and pressure. They generally have a higher resistance to heat than thermoplastics.