October 2011

PP piping systems solve corrosion problems in steel manufacturing plants
GF Piping Systems' PROGEF Polypropylene System has been designed to be highly resistant to impact, abrasion and many chemicals which make it an ideal system for industrial applications.

Polypropylene (PP) piping systems helped solve issues at a steel plant that was experiencing problems with piping systems due to poor chemical resistance. Learn more.


Inside this issue

Application of extruded and compression molded PP sheets
Technical advisory
Sustainability of plastic: Did you know…


Expand Your Knowledge

Application of extruded and compression molded PP sheets

Within the area of industrial application, there are two methods commonly used to produce thermoplastic sheets and slabs: compression molding and extrusion. The two methods differ in terms of the possible thickness of the slabs and productivity levels, as well as the properties of the manufactured slabs. Learn more.

Technical advisory

• Polypropylene, a polyolefin, is a thermoplastic made by the polymerization of propylene gas, a by-product of petroleum
refining. Various techniques can vary the physical, chemical
or mechanical properties of polypropylene.

• Polypropylene offers a good balance of thermal, chemical and electrical properties with moderate strength.

• Because it has such a hard, high gloss surface, polypropylene is ideally suited to environments where there is concern for bacteria build up that can interfere with flow.

• Like most polyolefins, polypropylene is approved for direct food contact.

Sustainability of plastic: Did you know…

• Without plastics, the total volume of packaging waste would increase by around 160 percent.

• Because plastics are lightweight, durable and versatile, manufacturers can minimize the material used and the waste generated by using plastic products and packaging.

• During their life cycle, plastic bags require about one-third less energy to make than paper bags.

• It takes 4.3 lbs. of glass to package one gallon of milk or juice, but less than 1/4 lb. of plastic to do the same job.

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 as:

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

Learn more

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IAPD distributors are your best source for finding materials for your application. Go to www.iapd.org to find a distributor in your area. You can search by company name, location or product category.

The IAPD Magazine
This bi-monthly magazine contains expert-written articles on innovative plastic materials and applications. Each issue focuses on different materials and industries. Subscribe today to stay informed of what’s going on in the plastics distribution market.

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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.