In the 21st century, it won’t be wrong, if we include plastic in the list of one of the most powerful, useful, and multipurpose, yet affordable discoveries of the decade. Our day-to-day life is totally dominated and dependent on plastic products; however, excess and irresponsible usage of this material has raised some serious environmental concerns. If you are an entrepreneur, planning to manufacture a new plastic product to scale up your profit margin, then it is necessary that you have a proper understanding of different type plastics available for manufacturing a new product.
Understanding different types of plastics is essential when manufacturing products for your potential customers. Here is the list of different types of plastics to help you in your next plastic product manufacturing process, and they are as follows:
Plastic 1. Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET OR PETE) – Polyethylene Terephthalate is a thermoplastic polymer resin of the polyester family and is used in synthetic fibers; beverage, food and other liquid containers. As PET is an amazing water and moisture barrier material, plastic bottles made from PET are commonly used for cooking oil, soft drinks, peanut butter, etc. PET is a semi rigid and extremely lightweight material, which is commonly recycled. It is the best material if you are planning to develop a single use product.
Plastic 2. High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) – High Density Polyethylene is a polyethylene thermoplastic prepared from petroleum. Known for its strength, HDPE is normally used for manufacturing plastic bottles, food storage containers, geomembranes, corrosion-resistant piping, and plastic lumber. It is a sturdy and reliable material with the ability to withstand temperatures from -148 to -176 F (-100 to 80 Celsius).
Plastic 3. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) – Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) is a material mostly used in building, packaging, transposition, healthcare applications, and electrical/electronic. It is extremely durable and long lasting; therefore, used in different industries for manufacturing various necessary products. In the field of plastic product manufacturing, it is used to produce outdoor furniture, water bottles, plastic pipes, liquid detergent containers, and salad dressing. For some reasons, plastic product manufacturers do not recommend products made from PVC for food storage.
Plastic 4. Low Density Polyethylene (LDPC) – Low Density Polyethylene is a thermoplastic produced from the monomer ethylene. It has excellent resistance to dilute and concentrated acids, bases, alcohols, and esters. Being highly flexible, microwave-proof, and impact-resistant, it is declared to be one of the safest and non-leaching plastics. It can easily withstand temperatures from -148 to 176 Fahrenheit (-100 to 80 Celsius). LDPC, being safe for use with food and beverages, is used for manufacturing various containers, dispensing bottles, dry cleaning bags, tubing, plastic bags, wash bottles, etc.
Plastic 5. Polypropylene (PP) – Also known as polypropene, polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer used for manufacturing various applications such as stationery, reusable containers, carpets, plastic parts, laboratory equipment, etc. Perfectly isotactic Polypropylene has a melting point of 171 °C (340 °F), whereas, commercial isotactic PP has a melting point that ranges from 160 to 166 °C (320 to 331 °F). Its resistance to high heat normally makes it dishwasher and microwave safe, and a good alternative for manufacturing reusable bags and food and beverage containers.
Plastic 6. Polystyrene (PS) – Polystyrene is a thermoplastic polymer manufactured from a liquid petrochemical known as monomer styrene. It is hard, clear, and brittle, and very affordable resin per unit weight. Polystyrene can be used to produce products like protective packaging (CD and DVD Cases), lids, trays, disposable cutlery, bottles, containers, and many more similar items.
Plastic 7. Other – LEXAN polycarbonate is a shapeless thermoplastic known for its amazing optical, mechanical, thermal and electrical properties. As the premier thermoplastic, it replaces the limitations of many traditional materials with its unmatched combination of high performance characteristics such as strength, durability, appearance, scratch resistance, optical purity, heat resistance, and many more. It is most commonly used for manufacturing sports and space helmets, aircraft canopies, bullet-resistant windows, clear high-performance windshields, and motor vehicle headlight lenses.
Being an established and experienced plastic product manufacturer, we believe it is our duty to help our clients in finding the perfect plastic for manufacturing a profitable new product. The selection of the correct manufacturing product is the first step towards a successful plastic product manufacturing. At GID, Californian, we have specialized teams of product designers, product development experts, quality experts, project managers, and marketing experts to help our respected customers in every phase of new product development. You can judge us by our work that we have conserved in our rich portfolio. Click here to see some out-of-the-box products manufactured by our designers and engineers for our clients.
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