UHMW is the slickest plastic made.

The beginnings of UHMW Sheet

The plastic business obtained a new product in the 1970’s.  This product was a thin-gauge Ultra high Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMW-PE).  In the 70’s UHMW-PE wasn’t recognized for all of its possible purposes and there weren’t a lot of companies in the industry who would push UHMW-PE.  Soon adequate people started applying this awesome product for various developments and recognizing that it could keep up with a number of of the very best.  So you can easily see how this new product started to grow in popularity.  Over the past years UHMW-PE  became higher in demand. Why is this?

What does Industry use UHMW Sheets for?

The most popular applications are for wear strips or abrasion resistant plates. Why did UHMW grow in populartiy? Mainly this is merely because UHMW sheet has been out performing the other plastic materials in many areas.  With nearly ten times greater molecular weight than standard High Density Polyethylene plastic materials, you can certainly see how UHMW-PE would be the obvious choice for tough wear typeprojects.  Of all the polymers, UHMW Polyethylene has the highest abrasion resistance of any thermoplastic material.  This material also has a very high impact strength, chemical resistant, and industry best ratings in wear resistant and a very low coefficient of friction.  This versitile material  works very well with almost all machining and fabrication methods. Some of the most common applications are: scrapers, door and drawer glides, washers, gaskets, abrasion resistant strips, wear plates, and shims.  This is why Ultra High Molecular Weight PE has grown in its many uses.