Low-friction material with excellent wear resistance

UHMW machiningWhy choose UHMW?

  • Low friction
  • Low moisture absorption
  • High impact strength
  • USDA approved
  • FDA compliant

What are some common UHMW applications?

  • Food processing applications
  • Packaging machinery parts
  • High speed conveyors
  • Wear strips and guide rails

UHMW-PE is a low friction plastic with excellent chemical resistance and abrasive wear resistance. Since it is inherently low friction, wears well, and is not abrasive to mating parts, UHMW plastic parts are widely used in conveyors, packaging machinery and food processing. UHMW is great for applications where corrosion resistance, low friction and wear resistance are essential. It has among the highest known impact strength of any thermoplastic plastic with high resistance to abrasion.  Due to its very low moisture absorption, it is particularly effective when no lubrication is available or during operation in the presence of water. It is FDA compliant for use in the food processing industry and USDA approved for direct contact in meat and poultry processing. UHMW is typically found in either white or black stock shapes.

Grade Product Characteristics Common Applications
UHMW-PEExcellent chemical resistance, abrasive wear resistance, low friction, low moisture absorptionFood processing components, packaging machinery parts, conveyors

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