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About applications for various material families

Generic grades Typical Applications Automotive (instrument and interior trim panels, glove compartment doors, wheel covers, mirror housings, etc.), refrigerators, small appliance housings and power tools applications (hair dryers, blenders, food processors, lawn mowers, etc.), telephone housings, typewriter housings, typewriter keys, and recreational vehicles such as golf carts and jet skis. Used in many structural applications because of its good mechanical strength and rigidity. It is used in bearings because of its good wear resistance. Gear wheels for water meters and business machines, cable ties, cams, slides, and bearings. Competes with PA 6 for most applications. PA 66 is heavily used in the automotive industry, appliance housings, and generally where impact resistance and strength are required. Household appliances (food processor blades, vacuum cleaner parts, fans, hair dryer housings, coffee makers, etc.), electronics (switches, motor housings, fuse cases, key caps for computer keyboards, connectors, fiber optic buffer tubing, etc.), automotive (grilles, body panels, wheel covers, and components for doors and windows, etc.). Electronic and business equipment (computer parts, connectors, etc.), appliances (food processors, refrigerator drawers, etc.), transportation (headlights, taillights, instrument panels, etc.). Computer and business machine housings, electrical applications, cellular phones, lawn and garden equipment, automotive components (instrument panels, interior trim, and wheel covers). Gear cases, automotive (bumpers); applications which require chemical and corrosion resistance, high heat resistance, high impact strength over wide temperature ranges, and high dimensional stability. Containers in refrigeration units, storage vessels, household goods (kitchenware), seal caps, bases for PET bottles, etc. Major use is in blow-molding applications (packaging applications). Closures, bowls, bins, pipe couplings. Automotive (engine components: temperature sensors, fuel and air handling devices), electrical/electronics (connector materials, printed circuit boards, circuit chip carriers, explosion proof boxes), packaging applications, aircraft (interior materials), medical (surgical staplers, tool housings, non implant devices). Automotive (structural components such as mirror backs, and grille supports, electrical parts such as head lamp reflectors and alternator housings), electrical applications (motor housings, electrical connectors, relays, and switches, microwave oven interiors, etc.), industrial applications (furniture chair arms, pump housings, hand tools, etc.). PETGs offer a desirable combination of properties such as clarity, toughness, and stiffness. Applications include medical devices (test tubes and bottles), toys, displays, lighting fixtures, face shields, and refrigerator crisper pans. Automotive (signal light devices, instrument panels, etc.), medical (blood cuvettes, etc.),

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industrial (video discs, lighting diffusers, display shelving, etc.), consumer (drinking tumblers, stationery accessories, etc.). POM Acetals have a low coefficient of friction and good dimensional stability. This makes it ideal for use in gears and bearings. Due to its high temperature resistance, it is used in plumbing (valve and pump housings), and lawn equipment. Automotive (mostly mineral-filled PP is used: dashboard components, ductwork, fans, and some under-hood components), appliances (door liners for dishwashers, ductwork for dryers, wash racks and lids for clothes washers, refrigerator liners, etc.), consumer products (lawn/garden furniture, components of lawn mowers, sprinklers, etc.). Household appliances (dishwasher, washing machine, etc.), electrical applications such as control housings, fiber-optic connectors, etc. Packaging, housewares (tableware, trays, etc.), electrical (transparent housings, light diffusers, insulating film). Water distribution piping, home plumbing, house siding, business machine housings, electronics packaging, medical apparatus, packaging for foodstuffs, etc. Electrical (receptacles, mixer bowls, housings, etc. for kitchen appliances, refrigerator fittings, chassis for television sets, cassette boxes, etc.), automotive (head lamp bodies, reflectors, glove compartments, instrument panel covers, etc.), household appliances (tableware, cutlery, beakers, etc.), cosmetic packs, etc.

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Polymer Abbreviations
Abbreviation ABS AES APO ASA BMC BUTYRATE CERAMIC COPE DMC EBA EMAA EMPP EPOXY EPDM EPR ESTER EVA GPPS HDPE Complete Name Acrylonitrile-butadiene styrene terpolymer Acrylonitrile ethylene styrene Amorphous polyolefin Acrylonitrile styrene acrylate Bulk molding compound Butyrate Ceramic Copolyester thermoplastic elastomer Dough molding compound Ethylene butyl acetate Ethylene methacrylic acid copolymer See EPDM Epoxy Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer rubber Ethylene propylene rubber Ester Ethylene vinyl acetate General purpose polystyrene High density polyethylene

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HIPS HTN IONOMER LCP LDPE LLDPE LMDPE MDPE MIPS OSA PA PAI PAR PAT PBT PC PC/ABS PCT PE PEEK PEEL PEI PES PET PETG PETP PK PMMA PMP POM PP PPV PPA PPE PPO PPS PROPIONATE PS PSO,PSU PTFE

High impact polystyrene High temperature nylon Ionomer Liquid crystal polymer Low density polyethylene Linear low density polyethylene Linear medium density polyethylene Medium density polyethylene Medium impact polystyrene Olefin modified styrene acrylonitrile Polyamide (nylon) Polyamide-imide Polyarylamide Polyalkylene terephthalate Polybutadiene terephthalate Polycarbonate Polycarbonate/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene blend Polycyclohexyl terephthalate Polyethylene Polyetheretherketone Polyester elastomer Polyetherimide Polyethersulfone Polyethylene terephthalate Glycol modified polyethylene terephthalate Polyethylene terephthalate Polyketone Polymethylmethacrylate (acrylic) Polymethylpentene Polyoxymethylene (acetal) Polypropylene Polypropylene - reinforced Polyphthalamide Polyphenylene ether Polyphenylene oxide Polyphenylene sulfide Propionate Polystyrene Polysulfone Polytetrafluoroethylene

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PU,PUR PVC PVC-P PVC-U PVDF RPVC SAN SMA SVA TPE TPO TPU TPX TVO UHMW-PE ULDPE UPVC VHMW-PE

Polyurethane Polyvinyl chloride Polyvinyl chloride (plasticized) Polyvinyl chloride (unplasticized) Polyvinylidene Fluoride Rigid polyvinyl chloride Styrene acrylonitrile Styrene maleic anhydride copolymer Styrenic vinyl acrylonitrile alloy Thermoplastic elastomer Thermoplastic polyolefin Thermoplastic urethane Polymethyl pentene Thermoplastic vulcanites Ultra high molecular weight polyethylene Ultra low density polyethylene Unplasticized polyvinyl chloride Very high molecular weight polyethylene

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