7 different types of plastic

How many items do I like to have produced, which production method is recommended and which manufacturer can execute this order successfully? Many entrepreneurs who like to have plastic articles produced, opt for injection molding. This immediately raises the following question: which type of plastic is suitable for my product? A challenging question, because every type of plastic has its own unique characteristics

That’s why we share information about the seven most common plastics being used for injection moulding, the characteristics of these types of plastic and some examples of products for each type of plastic.

1. Polyethylene (PE)

This is the most commonly used plastic. The benefits of this type of plastic are that it is chemical resistant and can withstand cold. Examples of products are (e.g.) a jerry can with oil, or an ice cube tray. The disadvantage of Polyethylene (PE) is that it is not very heat resistant.
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2. Polypropylene (PP)

This form of the 7 types of plastic comes from the same family as Polyethylene (PE), but is a lot harder and can withstand heat a lot better. Therefore, it is mainly used for household appliances including hoovers and coffee makers.

3. Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)

Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is widely used for enclosures of electronics and medical equipment. The great advantage of ABS is that it is shape resistant, making it widely used for toys such as Lego and interior parts for the automotive industry (dash board). On the other hand, it is poorly chemically resistant, but it is one of the few plastics that can be chromium-plated. Another example is about a case that our profressional team from Orange Plastics recently completed for its customer Desteq.

4. Polyamide (PA)

Known to many as nylon. Polyamide (PA) is a very strong plastic that is often used in the manufacture of tools such as drills and engine parts. The material is heat-resistant but has the disadvantage of being hygroscopic. This means the Polyamide (PA) material absorbs moisture and expands. To counter this, nylon is often added to fiber optics.

5. Polycarbonate (PC)

Polycarbonate (PC) is an extremely impact resistant and crystal clear material. This material is often used for street lighting and front lights on cars. Another example is protective glasses.

6. Polyoxemethylene (POM)

Polyoxemethylene (POM) has a very high self-repairing capacity and is therefore often used in applications such as springs. The material is dimensionally stable and self-lubricating. It is used for purposes such as zips in jackets and gears.

7. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

And last but not least, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET). The latter of the 7 types of plastic is mainly used in the production of bottles. A preform can be transformed into any wished bottle shape. It can withstand very high pressure but it is not heat resistant.

Which type of plastic is suitable for your product?

Hopefully the above information helps you a bit when choosing the type of plastic for your product.

Of course, when you choose for Orange Plastics, you don’t have to make this choice by yourself. Our experienced staff is happy to help you. Through years of experience, we know exactly which type of plastic is best for producing your product.
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