Why Lightweight Thermoplastics Matter

Thermoplastics are a popular alternative to other traditional materials due to their weight. They are commonly much lighter than metal alternatives.

For Medical Equipment: Thermoplastics are commonly used in medical equipment parts because they have FDA approval, antimicrobial functionality, and are an approved medical USP ClassVI material. It’s also lightweight, ideal for use in this industry where some equipment needs easy portability.

P.O.P & Retail: Lightweight point of purchase displays are essential. They are often changed seasonally or to align with promotion dates. Being lightweight and portable makes them more manageable and cheaper to transport.

Biochemical and Pharmaceutical: Thermoplastics play a vital role in developing new medications. They are not only FDA-approved but are lightweight, so they are ideal for purification and cell profusion applications.

Lighting: Thermoplastics make great lenses and housing for lighting applications. Being lightweight is suitable for lighting applications as it makes them easier to install.

Transportation: Speed is critical in transportation, so the industry needs to be mindful of the weight of its trains, planes, and other transportation systems. When parts in the transportation industry are made from thermoplastics, it helps reduce the weight of these systems. As a bonus, thermoplastics have great shape versatility and offer carefree maintenance.

Building/Construction: Weight and strength are part of the complete package when you use thermoplastics in building and construction. Even though it’s lightweight, it also has excellent load-bearing capacity and great weatherability. It’s ideal for external building materials like piping, siding, and drainage.

Mining, Oil, and Gas: Energy is essential. That’s why using thermoplastics for sheaves, pipeliners, seals, pump components, saddles, wrapping, and blast pipes is so critical. Lightweight thermoplastics are more cost-effective to ship to remote mining sites and provide the necessary chemical resistance and high-temperature resistance needed in these harsh environments.

When you’re looking for a viable replacement for traditionally metal parts in your next project or application, you may find your answer in lightweight thermoplastics like HDPE, Nylon, PEEK, PPS, Polyethylene, PVC, or many other plastics. Tell us about your project, and we’ll help you make it in plastic.

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