IndustryNet Account
For Buyers:
  • View Search History and Save Searches
  • Save Supplier Listings and Add Notes
  • Save and Review RFQs / RFIs / RFPs
For Suppliers:
  • Update Your Listing Information
  • Upgrade Your Listing or Add Categories
  • View and Respond to Leads

 Keep me logged inForgot?

Don't have an account? Create a FREE account now!
close
IndustryNet Products and Services Related to Plastics
      

Search IndustryNet

Plastics on IndustryNet

We searched IndustryNet for products and services. Make a selection below.
❯❯ Products & Services
PLASTICS (76 companies)
PLASTICS - Decorated (4 companies)
PLASTICS - Decorative (5 companies)
PLASTICS - Laminated (7 companies)
PLASTICS - Molded (49 companies)
PLASTICS - Reinforced (7 companies)
PLASTICS - Scrap (12 companies)
PLASTICS - Shrinkable (0 companies)
PLASTICS - Thermoset (16 companies)
PLASTICS ASSEMBLY (6 companies)
PLASTICS ENGINEERING (10 companies)
PLASTICS TESTING (0 companies)
ADDITIVES - Plastic (23 companies)
APRONS - Plastic (1 company)
BAGS - Plastic (396 companies)
BALLS - Plastic (4 companies)
BEARINGS - Plastic (1 company)
BINDERS - Plastic (3 companies)
BINS - Plastic (1 company)
BLOW MOLDED PLASTICS (11 companies)
BOARDS - Plastic (1 company)
BOTTLE CAPS - Plastic (8 companies)
BOTTLES - Plastic (257 companies)
BOXES - Plastic (17 companies)
CAPS - Plastic (34 companies)
CARDS - Plastic (47 companies)
CASES - Plastic (15 companies)
CHAINS - Plastic (1 company)
CLOSURES - Plastic (35 companies)
COATINGS - Plastic (27 companies)
COLORANTS FOR PLASTICS (34 companies)
CONTAINERS - Plastic (276 companies)
CORRUGATED PLASTICS (12 companies)
COVERS - Plastic (23 companies)
CUPS - Plastic (23 companies)
DISPLAYS - Plastic (55 companies)
DOORS - Plastic (1 company)
DRUMS - Plastic (21 companies)
ENGRAVING - Plastic (28 companies)
EXTRUDED PLASTICS (13 companies)
FASTENERS - Plastic (5 companies)
FILTERS - Plastic (1 company)
FLOORING - Plastic (11 companies)
FORMING - Plastic (1 company)
GEARS - Plastic (5 companies)
GRINDING - Plastics (8 companies)
HOSE - Plastic (14 companies)
HOUSEWARES - Plastic (11 companies)
HOUSINGS - Plastic (2 companies)
INSERTS - Plastic (8 companies)
KNOBS - Plastic (2 companies)
LABELS - Plastic (13 companies)
LAMINATIONS - Plastic (11 companies)
LUMBER - Plastic (9 companies)
MATS - Plastic (7 companies)
MIRRORS - Plastic (2 companies)
MODELS - Plastic (11 companies)
MOLDS - Plastic (110 companies)
PAILS - Plastic (20 companies)
PAINTING - Plastics (2 companies)
PALLETS - Plastic (35 companies)
PIPE - Plastic (198 companies)
PLASTIC ACRYLIC (7 companies)
PLASTIC ASSEMBLIES (9 companies)
PLASTIC BAG MACHINERY (2 companies)
PLASTIC BINDINGS (1 company)
PLASTIC BLOW MOLDING (66 companies)
PLASTIC COMPOUNDING (82 companies)
PLASTIC CONVERTING (15 companies)
PLASTIC DISTRIBUTORS (45 companies)
PLASTIC EXTRUSIONS (237 companies)
PLASTIC FABRICATORS (471 companies)
PLASTIC FILM (183 companies)
PLASTIC FINISHING (18 companies)
PLASTIC FITTINGS (6 companies)
PLASTIC FLUORINATION (6 companies)
PLASTIC FOAM (10 companies)
PLASTIC FOAM PACKAGING (13 companies)
PLASTIC FOAM PRODUCTS (30 companies)
PLASTIC INJECTION MOLDING (1,695 companies)
PLASTIC INSERT MOLDING (26 companies)
PLASTIC LAMINATING (10 companies)
PLASTIC MACHINING (65 companies)
PLASTIC MATERIALS (30 companies)
PLASTIC MOLD REPAIR (6 companies)
PLASTIC MOLDED PARTS (108 companies)
PLASTIC MOLDERS (54 companies)
PLASTIC OVERMOLDING (9 companies)
PLASTIC PACKAGING (97 companies)
PLASTIC PARTS (32 companies)
PLASTIC PROCESSING (8 companies)
PLASTIC PRODUCTS (also search specific product) (634 companies)
PLASTIC RECYCLING (134 companies)
PLASTIC REPROCESSING (7 companies)
PLASTIC RESINS (136 companies)
PLASTIC ROLL STOCK (1 company)
PLASTIC SHEETING (88 companies)
PLASTIC SLITTING (2 companies)
PLASTIC SPACERS (0 companies)
PLASTIC THERMOFORMING (139 companies)
PLASTIC TOOLING (14 companies)
PLASTIC TRIM (4 companies)
PLASTICIZERS (4 companies)
PLATING - Plastic (4 companies)
PRINTING - Plastic (28 companies)
PROTOTYPES - Plastic (5 companies)
PULTRUDED PLASTICS (3 companies)
RECYCLED PLASTIC (34 companies)
REELS - Plastic (1 company)
REFLECTORS - Plastic (2 companies)
ROLLERS - Plastic (1 company)
SIGNS - Plastic (487 companies)
SINKS - Plastic (2 companies)
SKIS - Plastic (0 companies)
STRAPPING - Plastic (22 companies)
TABLEWARE - Plastic (4 companies)
TANKS - Plastic (55 companies)
THERMOPLASTICS (43 companies)
TILE - Plastic (8 companies)
TOOLS - Plastic (6 companies)
TOYS - Plastic (16 companies)
TRAYS - Plastic (21 companies)
TUBING - Plastic (83 companies)
VALVES - Plastic (25 companies)
WELDING - Plastic (10 companies)
WHEELS - Plastic (7 companies)

Plastics

Plastic is a substance that is used in the everyday lifestyle of every person. It is a material that has been taken for granted that people do not even realise how many different forms and functions plastic can have. From Tupperware to spectacles, plastic is clearly a versatile product that can be used almost anywhere.

There is, however, a significant difference in some plastics and the reason for this lies in the fact plastics aren’t produced through the same manufacturing processes. Each process lends different qualities to the plastic and it influences the uses of these materials as well. Understanding these processes will be advantageous to those buying plastics so that it can suit the purpose.

What material is used when making plastic?

In general, plastics are made up of different elements such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, chloride, and sulphur. All plastics, except for silicones, can be based on the carbon atom which connects to the abovementioned elements. Plastics, also called polymers, generally have a high molecular weight which will explain its durability and strength. When they emerge from the reactor, several additives can be added to the product in order to determine its final form, such as antioxidants, colorants, foaming agents, lubricants, and flame retardants.

How many different types of plastic are there?

There are two types of plastic namely thermoset and thermoplastic. Thermosets are more durable due to the irreversible setting that they overtake when heat is applied. From thermosets one can produce polyurethanes, unsaturated polyesters, epoxies, and phenol formaldehyde. Thermoplastics are a bit weaker due to the secondary bonding that takes place in its molecular structure. These are easily reshaped when heat is applied. From thermoplastics one can produce polyethylene, polypropylene, and polyvinyl chloride used in everyday household items.

How is plastic made?

There are many processes that can be applied in order to produce plastic:

• Extrusion: this is done by feeding raw plastic materials (pellets or powder) into the extrusion machine by using a hopper. The plastic is then heated and melted, and ejected through the die where it is formed to the desired shape. It is fed onto a conveyor belt where it is then cooled by water immersion.

• Calendering: this is an advanced version of extrusion, where the still warm plastic is chilled on cold, polished rolls to create plastic sheets. Rollers then smooth this sheet out until it is very thin. High volume PVC films are usually made by calendering.

• Film blowing: during this process the semi-molten polymer is continuously extruded by a vertical motion, upwards. A bubble of air is maintained which then stretches the plastic into a tube. This tube is then cooled by air while being nipped and flattened.

• Rotational molding: during this process a mold is mounted onto a machine that can rotate on two axes at the same time. Solid or liquid resin is then placed into the mold, and is heated. The rotation of the machine distributes the plastic into a uniform coating on the inside of the mold. After this process, the mold is cooled.
Can't find what you're looking for? IndustryNet is powered by real people. Contact us for assistance.
  A service of   Member of   Sponsor of  
 
  A service of MNI   Member of NAM   Sponsor of Mfg Day  
 Find a Supplier  About IndustryNet
 Get a Quote  Buyer Reviews
 Expansion & Relocation Guide  Marketing Solutions
 IndustryNet Blog  Add or Upgrade Listing
 ISO Standards & Certifications  Link to IndustryNet
 Browse All Categories  Contact IndustryNet
 Browse All Companies  Legal Information
© 2017 MNI