June 2010 | Focus: Chemical and Corrosion Resistant Plastics

Application of extruded and compression molded PP sheets
Part of a dialysis cell made from a compression molded SIMONA PP-DWU.
Have you ever wondered what the difference was between compression molding and extrusion? Which is better for you product, and why? This article provides you with all the information you will need to know about these two thermoplastic sheet production methods. Read more.

Typical fittings available for CPVC acid waste system. (Photo courtesy of Spears Manufacturing Company.)

Trusted product gets a makeover with CPVC 
Who knew that reverting back to an old product would allow plastics to move forward? CPVC has been around for decades, used mainly in thermoplastic process piping. And now it has been adapted for use as a special drainage system. Find out why CPVC is the only material you need for your waste drainage system. Read more.

PTFE convoluted tubing protecting wire harness. (Photo courtesy of Zeus Industrial Products, Inc.)

PTFE — fluoropolymer workhorse
As you may know, PTFE is one of today's most widely used fluoropolymers. In this article, you will find out all you need to know about PTFE, including its properties, characteristics, processes, grades and applications. Read more.

Fortron® PPS welding rods and fabric backed materials from Ensinger/PennFibre.
PPS: When aggressive chemical resistance isn't enough
PPS, or polyphenylene sulfide, is a high-performance thermoplastic approved by nearly all global manufacturers. But the value of PPS goes beyond simply its ability to withstand any effect from harsh chemicals. Find out what other characteristics make PPS invaluable to manufacturing processing and chemical handling alpplications. Read more.

Test Your Knowledge

(Answers are at www.iapd.org/popquiz.html.)

1. Which chemical family would not be compatible with polypropylene?

          a. Alcohols
          b. Strong Acids
          c. Strong Alkalies
          d. Chlorinated Solvents

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In this issue

Application of extruded and compression molded PP sheets
Learn the difference between extrusion and compression molding and find what’s best for you and your product.

Trusted product gets a makeover with CPVC
Reverting back has never been so progressive! Why CPVC is the best choice for your waste drainage system.

PTFE – fluoropolymer workhorse
Find out why PTFE is such a widely used fluoropolymer today.

PPS: When aggressive chemical resistance isn’t enough
Learn about the characteristics of PPS that make it invaluable to you and your company.

Test your knowledge
What do you know about plastics?

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