May 2012

Safe and Smooth Trucking with Plastics
Wear pads made from UHMW-PE help extend the life of heavy equipment.

Over-the-road trucks and off-road, heavy equipment use plastic materials in many critical wear applications. Two easy-to-identify applications are wear pads/bearing blocks and dump body liners. Learn more.


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Going Extreme Ultra High
Technical Advisory
Plastics Get You There


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Going Extreme Ultra High

UHMW-PE has for quite some time been associated with predominantly solving wear and friction related problems. The inherent extremely high wear resistance is of course a key property of UHMW-PE and, therefore yes, it is true: the combination of extremely good sliding properties and high wear resistance makes UHMW-PE one of the most preferred engineering plastic when it comes to solving wear and even complex tribology issues. However, wear resistance and low coefficient of friction are not all of the features of UHMW-PE.

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Technical Advisory

• UHMW-PE is defined as polyethylene whose molecular weight is 3.1 million or higher. Because of its high melt viscosity, conventional molding and extrusion processes would break the long molecular chains that give the material its excellent properties.

• Current manufacturing methods include compression molding, ram extrusion and warm forging of extruded slugs.

• UHMW-PE has outstanding abrasion resistance and an extremely low coefficient of friction. Impact strength is high and chemical resistance is excellent.

Plastics Get You There

• UHMW-PE is the material of choice for any components that require maximum abrasion resistance and impact strength and a low friction coefficient.

• Did you know? Since 1988, an increased use of plastic parts has lowered the average weight of a vehicle by 145 pounds, saving the equivalent of 21 million barrels of oil over the life of these vehicles.

• Planes, trains, trucks, automobiles, boats and RVs are lighter weight, more durable, safer and more comfortable thanks to plastics. However you travel, plastics will be along for the ride.

More Plastics Resources

Introduction to Plastics is more than an introduction
It's everything you need to know about more than 50 plastic materials commonly used today in industry, signage and visual merchandising, building and construction, and pipe, valves and fittings. This book provides such details about plastics as:

  • Their comparative properties
  • How they're made
  • Appropriate applications
  • Processing and fabrication techniques

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Designing with Plastics is published by the International Association of Plastics Distribution. While every effort has been made for accuracy, IAPD encourages you to verify information with a plastics distributor to ensure you select the correct plastic products to meet your needs.