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UHMW vs Teflon™ in Packaging Machinery and Conveyor Applications

Apr 2, 2021 1:39:57 PM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in uhmw, conveyor systems, high-temp, temperature stable, heat resistant, impact strength

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Slippery Plastic Smackdown!

Slideways frequently fields quote requests for parts made of Teflon™, the brand name for PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene). Once learning more about the application, we usually determine a UHMW (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene) part is needed. Teflon has a place in packaging machinery, but it is not the go-to material until some specific operating conditions are met.

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Selecting the Right Plastic Material: Impact Strength

Oct 25, 2015 10:49:00 AM / by Slideways, Inc. posted in plastic, impact strength, plastic supplier

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Sprockets1Unlike metals or ceramics, plastics are viscoelastic materials – that is, they respond to stress as if they’re a combination of a viscous fluid and a plastic solid. In other words, while plastics have solid-related characteristics such as stability of form, strength — and, yes, elasticity — they also possess fluid-like properties such as flow, which can be affected by temperature, rate, and time as well as the amount of loading.

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