Polyethylene (PE) is a very versatile thermoplastic plastic which is used in virtually every industrial area.
Due to the physiological harmlessness of many PE types, it is used in the area of medical technology as well as in the food and beverage area. Many versions are approved in accordance with the latest FDA regulation concerning foodstuffs.
The ultra high-molecular PE 1000 (UHMW) has become indispensable in modern mechanical engineering due to its very good sliding properties. The material is also characterized by its high wear resistance as a chain guide rail, cylinder star, driver, conveying screw or conveyor element.
The properties of polyethylene can be improved specifically for special ranges of application by the addition of additives. Thus the material can be made not only UV stable, slide and wear optimized (MOS²) or antistatic (AST) and electrically conductive (EL), but also radiation absorbing (BOR).
High molecular PE 500 (HMW) is low stress and has slightly lower sliding properties and somewhat lower wear properties compared with PE 1000. Nevertheless, the material has good sliding properties and good damping properties. PE 500 is used among other things for cutting boards, swing doors, rub strips and transport cups.
Low-cost alternatives to the pure material are reclaimed types in different colours - both in the quality of the PE 1000 reclaimed and PE 500 reclaimed. Here, the most economical variant of the reclaimed PE 500 is the confetti colour. This material has proven itself as road plate, crane supporting plate, workpiece carrier and also as mounting in the charge carriers of the automotive industry.
PE 300 (HD) is mainly produced in the extrusion process and is used, among other things, in container and apparatus construction. Due to the structure, this material can be welded and thermoformed.