Polyethylene or polythene (abbreviated PE; IUPAC name polyethene or poly(methylene)) is the most common plastic in use today. It is a polymer, primarily used for packaging (plastic bags, plastic films, geomembranes and containers including bottles, etc.).
Polyethylene (PE) is the most widely used thermoplastic polymer for fabricated parts and components. It is available in a variety of grades and formulations to suit different needs. In general, polyethylenes offer excellent chemical and impact resistance, electrical properties and low coefficient of friction. In addition, polyethylenes are lightweight, easily processed and offer near-zero moisture absorption. See details of its material properties in the chart below.
There are four categories of polyethylene thermoplastic material based on density/property: low, medium, high (HDPE) and ultra-high molecular weight
Applications for Polyethylene (PE) Thermoplastic:
- Conveyor guides.
- Chute liners.
- Chemical holding tanks.
- Food processing parts.
- Medical equipment.
- Packaging applications.
- Conveyor wear strips (HDPE).
- Piping systems (HDPE).
- Liquid dispensing equipment (HDPE).