Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Professional Plastics Opens New Warehouse Service Center In Carrollton, Texas

Professional Plastics, Inc. has expanded it's presence in the Dallas/Forth Worth area with the opening of a new 35,000 square foot warehouse service center in Carrollton, Texas. 

The new location at  2060 Luna Road, Suite 120 Carrollton, TX stocks a broad range of engineering plastic shapes (Plastic Sheets, Rods, Tubing and Films). 

Stock materials include: Delrin®, Nylon®, PEEK, Acrylic, Plexiglass, Polycarbonate, PVC, PP, HDPE, UHMW, Teflon® PTFE, Turcite®, Vespel®, Meldin®, Torlon®, Semitron®, Ultem®, Kynar® PVDF, Laminated Phenolics & more. 

The company provides in-house stock shape conversion including precision-cutting services.

For more information, contact Erik Vanover (Sales Manager) at (214) 575-5400 or e-mail sales@proplas.com .  Product may also be ordered online at www.professionalplastics.com

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

50 Uses for Plexiglass Acrylic Sheets, Rods & Tubes

Plexiglass acrylic is a glazing, signage, window or display material that is unaffected by moisture, and has a high strength-to-weight ratio. Plexiglass offers high light transmittance and can be heat-formed without loss of optical clarity.

Acrylic is  technically a polymer chain of PMMA (Polymethyl methacrylate).  This thermoplastic resin is produced in basic shapes such as sheets, rods and tubes which are often used as a lightweight or shatter-resistant alternative to glass. The material was developed in 1928 and was first brought to market in 1933 by the Rohm and Hass Company, under the trademark Plexiglas.  In sheet form, it has since been sold under many different names, including Acrylite®, Lucite®, and Optix®. Plexiglass acrylic is produced in basic shapes by three different manufacturing processes: Cast, Extruded & Continuous Cast.

PMMA is an economical alternative to polycarbonate (PC) when extreme strength is not necessary. Additionally, PMMA does not contain the potentially harmful bisphenol-A subunits found in polycarbonate. It is often preferred because of its moderate properties, easy handling and processing, and low cost. Non-modified PMMA behaves in a brittle manner when loaded, especially under an impact force and is more prone to scratching than conventional inorganic glass, but modified PMMA can achieve high scratch and impact resistance.  It can also be coated with special abrasion-resistant coating as supplied in Acrylite® AR

Plexiglass is also available extruded rods, cast rods, extruded tubes, cast tubes, and a variety of profiles shapes such as square bar rectangular bar, triangle bar, J-Bar, Z-Bar and W-Bar.  These shapes are used to fabricate various point-of-purchase displays and store fixtures.

50 Common Uses for Plexiglass:

Safety Glazing
Picture Frames
Impact Shields
Display Cases
Display Stands
Table Tops
Backlit Signs
Light Fixtures
Storm Windows
Bus Shelters
Designer Glass
Instrument Dials
Sight Glasses
Museum Cases
Store Fixtures
Light Boxes
Aircraft Canopies
Photo Backdrops
Light Diffusers
Face Masks
Patio Glass
Optical Lenses
Sound Barriers
P.O.P. Displays
Brochure Holders
Test Fixtures
Video Screens
Collection Boxes
Water Tanks
Arena Shields
Speaker Boxes
Acoustic Shields
Medical Shields
Food Storage
Marker Boards
Menu Boards
Retail Advertising
Motorcycle Fairings

For more details on plexiglass visit Professional Plastics Website, or call (888) 995-7767

Monday, January 7, 2013

Rochling Medical Grade Plastic Shapes from Professional Plastics, Inc.

Professional Plastics stocks a full-range of Rochling's medical grade extruded plastic shapes used for surgical instruments and trays, diagnostic equipment, orthopedic sizing trials and dental instruments.

These products offer a wide range of features critical to the medical device market such as; Biocompatibility (USP Class VI and ISO 10993-5 Approved), FDA Approval, Lot and Batch Traceability, and Resistance to Sterilization (autoclaving). These materials are approved for Non-implant applications only.
Acetal, Radel & Ultem Hip & Knee Sizing Trials

Key products include: Sustarin® C MG Acetal, Sustason PPSU MG (Radel R), SustaPEI MG (Ultem), SustaPEEK MG, SustaPSU MG (Polysulfone), SustaPPO MG (Noryl) and Polystone® P MG (Heat Stabilized Polypropylene).

Professional Plastics can provide stock shapes, or finished parts to customer design specifications.

Typical parts made from these material include; surgical instruments and devices, endoscopic tools, surgical trays, dental instuments, hip and knee sizing trials, and moving components for gears, sliders and other parts in medical equipment.

Available with Complete Lot and Batch Traceability, Ultrasonic Testing, Certificate of Analysis for Resin, ISO 9001:2008 Certification and ISO 13485 (Medical Device Standard) Compliant.

For more information, contact Professional Plastics, Inc. at (888) 995-7767 or visit online.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why Designers Continue To Replace Metal Parts With Engineering Plastics

Mechanical engineers and designers are increasingly replacing existing metals parts with components made from engineering plastics. A common misconception is that this trend is based purely on reducing the initial cost per part, but the reality is quite different. Engineering plastics are often more expensive than metals, but provide benefits such as improved performance, longer part life, and reduced downtime. This long-term, “overall cost of ownership” approach is driving a strong market for engineered plastic solutions.

Here are a few of the product features and benefits that are driving the trend towards increased use of engineering plastics.

Wear Resistance
In high-wear applications, many plastic materials will outperform brass & other metal bearing materials. Plastics such as Nylon, UHMW, PTFE, Acetal and Turcite® offer natural lubricity to increase wear resistance and extend the part life of bearings, rollers, gears, and seals.

When replacing metal parts, plastics will typically reduce the part weight by 30% to 50%.This can translate to significant energy savings when used in applications such as transportation, linear motion, and material handling.

Temperature Resistance
Plastics, ceramics, and composites have been developed which resist both extremely high & extremely low cryogenic temperature ranges with minimal loss of mechanical properties. Materials such as Celazole® PBI can continually operate at up to 750°F, while materials such as Kel-F® PCTFE can operate at -400°F.

Impact Resistance & Shock Absorption
Many plastics and composites offer excellent impact resistance. Materials such as Polycarbonate are used for impact-resistant glazing and shields. Nylon and Polyurethane will absorb impact shock and isolate stress points to protect surrounding components.

Insulation Properties
Many plastics have excellent insulation properties, reducing heat, and improving product reliability. Laminates such as G-10/FR-4, GPO-3 and LE Phenolic are used extensively in electrical and transportation industries to insulate from heat and electrical shock. Thermoplastics such as PTFE and Meldin® work well in high-temperature insulating applications.

Corrosion Resistance
Metals are inherently susceptible to corrosion from moisture, acids, and organic solvents. Many plastics were designed specifically to combat these problems. Materials such as PVC, CPVC, Polypropylene, and PTFE offer superior corrosion resistance at an economical price.

Medical Approval
Many plastics have been approved for use in medical applications ranging from heart pump valves to endoscopic instruments. Products meet FDA, USP Class VI, and ISO 10993 standards. Such materials include Radel®, PEEK, Ultem®, and Polycarbonate.

Fire Safe
Dozens of plastic materials have been developed to meet common aircraft, transportation, semiconductor, and UL ratings for flame and smoke safety. Specifications include FAR, FTA, FRA, ASTM, UL and FM. In the semiconductor industry materials meeting the FM-4910 specification have reduced or eliminated the need for costly fire-suppression systems, and thus have reduced overall equipment costs. In some cases, the use of these materials have even reduced insurance costs in high-liability applications. Common flame-retardant and flame-safe materials include: Kydex®, Boltaron®, Halar®, CP7-D, FRPP, Corzan® CPVC, and Kynar® 740 PVDF.

High Purity
Plastics have long been a crucial product used in the manufacturing of high-purity fluid & gas handling applications. Many plastics have eliminated the concerns of out-gassing, leaching, and other contamination in crucial high-purity systems. These products include: PTFE, PFA, FEP, Halar® and Kynar® PVDF.

Static Control
Several plastics and composites have anti-static qualities to prevent the build up of an electric charge. Products range from conductive materials 10^2-10^6, and static dissipative 10^6-10^10, to highly resistive materials 10^10-10^12.


To learn more, contact Professional Plastics, Inc. or please visit www.professionalplastics.com

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Polyimide - The Ultimate High-Performance Thermoplastic Material

Thermosetting Polyimides (PI) are known for thermal stability, good chemical resistance & excellent mechanical properties. They exhibit very low creep & high tensile strength. These properties are maintained during continuous use to temperatures of 450°F (232°C) and for short excursions, as high as 900°F (482°C).   Professional Plastics offers the widest range of polyimide materials in the industry from Meldin® Shapes, Vespel® Shapes, Kapton® Film, Kaptrex® Film, Cirlex® Laminate, Kaptolam® laminate, Solimide® foam,and Protomid® microbore tubing.

Molded polyimide parts & laminates have very good heat resistance. Normal operating temperatures for such parts and laminates range from cryogenic to those exceeding 500°F (260°C). Polyimides are also inherently resistant to flame combustion and do not usually need to be mixed with flame retardants. Most carry a UL rating of VTM-0.

Polyimide laminates have a flexural strength half life at 480°F (249°C) of 400 hours. Typical polyimide parts are not affected by commonly used solvents & oils — including hydrocarbons, esters, ethers, alcohols and freons. They also resist weak acids but are not recommended for use in environments that contain alkalis or inorganic acids.

Polyimide parts and shapes such as Meldin®, Vespel® are produced via Isostatic Molding, Compression Molding or Direct-Forming.

For more details visit our polyimides webpage at:

Grades of Meldin Polyimide:
MELDIN® 7001, Unfilled Grade
A thermosetting polyimide, MELDIN® 7001 is our unfilled base resin. This grade offers the maximum mechanical properties and high chemical resistance. The MELDIN® 7001 grade is ideal for electrical and thermal insulating applications. More ductile than ceramics, and lighter weight than metals, MELDIN® 7001 is a popular choice for structural parts in aerospace and other applications where metal replacement is desirable.

MELDIN® 7021, 15% by Weight Graphite Filler
Our self-lubricating grade, MELDIN® 7021, has 15% by weight graphite fillers, encapsulated by the base polyimide resin. With its low coefficient of friction and high heat resistance, MELDIN® 7021 provides our customers the best all-around choice for high temperature bearings, seals, and other low-wear applications.

MELDIN® 7211 - 15% Graphite + 10% PTFE Fillers by Weight
MELDIN® 7211 is 15% by weight graphite and 10% by weight PTFE fillers. It has the lowest coefficient of friction of all the MELDIN® 7000 grades. However, above 300°F, we typically use MELDIN® 7021, which has a very similar coefficient of friction to 7211 at temperatures above 300°F, and the wear factor of 7021 is lower than 7211 at temperatures above 300°F.

MELDIN® 7022 - 40% by weight graphite filler
MELDIN® 7022 is 40% by weight graphite filler. It is similar to the 7021 for wear and friction, but it has the best overall dimensional stability (thermally), and the 7022 has the lowest coefficient of thermal expansion – due to the relatively high graphite filler content.

MELDIN® 7003 - 15% molybdenum disulfide lubricating filler
Meldin® 7003 includes 15% molybdenum disulfide lubricating filler for wear applications that operate in a vacuum or in very dry conditions where graphite actually becomes abrasive. Typical applications of Meldin 7003 include seals, bushings, bearings, gears, and other wear surfaces in outer space, ultra-high vacuum or dry gas applications.

Meldin 7000 meets the following specifications :
  • Mil-P-46198 Military Specification (now obsoleted)
  • ASTM D6456-99 Standard Specification
  • SAE AMS 3644G Aerospace Material Specification
  • CPW411 Rev. H Pratt & Whitney Specification
  • MCS 5016 Honeywell Specification
  • UL V0-5VA flammability rating
  • Monday, July 23, 2012

    Plastic Fabricating Tools & Accessories Online

    A full-range of Plastic Fabricating Tools and Accessories are available from Professional Plastics' website.  Creating acrylic displays, boxes, podiums and sheilds is easy when the right supplies are available.  Professional Plastics offers cutting tools, polishing tools, buffing compounds, welding products, adhesives, hinges, strip heaters and more.

    For more information and to Order Online, click here:
    Professional Plastics operated 16 stocking locations in the USA.
    Call (888) 995-7767 to reach the nearest location.

    Tuesday, May 22, 2012

    Polystone® M XDT - New X-Ray Detectable UHMW-PE Shapes

    Polystone® M XDT (X-Ray Detectable UHMW-PE) is available from Professional Plastics, Inc.
    R̦chling Engineering Plastics continues to set trends and provide solutions in the food processing and pharmaceutical industries when it comes to product safety and quality assurance Рannouncing the first X-ray detectable UHMW-PE available in the market.

    Repeated handling, cleaning and normal wear and tear of plastic component parts on food, beverage and pharmaceutical processing machinery increases the risk of a fragment breaking off and contaminating the product during processing.

    The need for traceable plastics, especially machined parts for filling, sorting and packaging machinery is critical due to strict FDA regulations regarding foreign materials and contaminants. Since we introduced our line of Metal Detectable engineering plastics (Polystone M MDT (UHMW-PE) and Sustarin C MDT (Acetal)) more than two years ago, these unique products continue be an effective solution for plastic parts used in open product zone applications.

    However moving forward, we quickly realized a demand for X-ray detectable plastic parts for today's high speed machinery as processors turn to X-ray inspection equipment especially for post-package inspection. Working together with one of the world's largest food processors and a leading manufacturer of X-ray inspection systems, our Polystone M XDT has proven to be detected with a particle size as small as a 3mm cube. Running at speeds as fast as 250 feet-per-minute, this product can be detected and automatically sorted to a product hold area for further inspection. It works effectively with various types of packaging including metal cans, plastic and composite containers and glass jars.

    Applications: - Scraper blades - Mixer Components - Baffles - Filler plates - Wear plates - Pillow blocks - Pocket fillers - Volumetric fillers - Cups & Sleeves - Piston fillers - Hopper guides - Dividers

  • Polystone® M XDT can be detected as small as a 3mm cube.
  • Polystone® M XDT - the industry's first X-ray detectable UHMW-PE

    Note:  It is the responsibility of the user to test and approve the detection of this product due to variations in x-ray detection systems and required sensitivity settings.

  • Polystone® M XDT is available in both sheets, rods and fabricated parts to your specifications.
    Rods: .500" to 6" diameter (12.7mm to 152mm)
    Sheets: 3/8" to 4" thick (9.52mm to 101mm)

    Click here to order online or request a custom quote: http://www.professionalplastics.com/PolystoneM_XDT_X-RayDetectableUHMW