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Is Solvent Resistance Predictable with Polymers?

To assess solvent resistance, first consider solvents spread out on a polarity scale. Non-polar solvents are at one end, such as paraffin, petrol and diesel. At the other ‘highly polar’ end we find alcohols and water.  In between are moderately polar solvents such as acetone, esters and chlorinated solvents.

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Can You Modify a Polymer Grade Safely?

One of the exciting attributes of polymers is that the properties of any polymer can be modified by tinkering with the basic molecular structure or incorporating a range of additives.  However, you have to be aware that altering one property may have a knock-on effect on other properties.

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Is PTFE a Thermoset or a Thermoplastic?

Many assume that polytetrafluoroethylene is a thermoset because it seems unaffected by heat. Continue reading

Does the Coding for Polyamides Mean Anything to Designers and Processors?

Polyamides are macromolecules with repeating units linked by amide bonds.

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What are Engineering Thermoplastics?

Today the term is conveniently applied to certain families of thermoplastics which have a higher performance than the group of thermoplastics labelled ‘Commodity Thermoplastics’.

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7 Reasons You Should Love Plastic

Last week’s Feast of Saint Valentine is past. The celebration of romance may have turned our minds towards relationships and light-hearted fun. In the commercial arena, however, the political climate surrounding our industry is toxic. Why then should anyone love plastic?
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Fire Testing PE – Why PE Cladding is a Bad Idea

Fire testing PE cladding has suddenly become a ‘buzz word’ following the tragedy at Grenfell.  If there is one material that we come across more often in our modern society this is Polyethylene (PE).

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Need Plastic Parts Making? Ask our Plastic Guru!

OK, so we aren’t the Plastic Gurus in question (it’s the below handy Infographic), but at PlastikCity we operate both a Help Desk and an Assisted Service facility within our Source a Moulder section, so we have first-hand experience when it comes to ‘pointing people in the right direction’.

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Using Plastics Simulation to Overcome a Fear of Fibres

A sure-fire way to make any injection mould toolmaker or processing engineer uneasy is to utter the words “fibre reinforced”; and not without good reason.

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Cutting Edge Advancements in Masterbatch & Additives

Masterbatch as a simple colouring agent has been with us for some time, but we wanted to find out how far things had come.  We posed three separate questions to UK based specialists that we thought would be of interest to our audience.  As well as technical advances, aspects such as long-term environmental impact are also covered.

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20% Off Your Next Moulding

Guest Blog by Richard Webster of Plastic-IT

Most plastic injection mouldings that are produced today are still compromised when compared to what they could be in terms of fully optimised product….

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Has our Building Site now become a City?

The aim was to create a major resource for the plastics sector, one place to find everything you needed.  From time to time, we need to review how we are doing, so for the purposes of this Blog, I have looked at things from the perspective of a new start company looking to develop an idea for a new `widget’ that just happens to be most easily manufactured in plastic.

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Challenges and opportunities of recent polymer price falls…keep calm & carry on?

On behalf of PlastikCity, Plastribution’s Mike Boswell sheds some light on the recent material price falls within the industry…keep calm & carry on?

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