Polyethylene terephthalate (PET-P)
What is PET-P?
PET-P stands for polyethylene terephthalate, a part-crystalline thermoplastic. Without additives, PET-P is a white plastic that comes in sheets and rods of many sizes.
PET-P should not be confused with the transparent plastic A-PET, the amorphous version of PET plastic. Read more about A-PET here.
Several companies produce PET-P, and the material is known under several brand names such as TECAPET®, TECADUR™ og Ertalyte®.
The characteristics and advantages of PET-P
PET-P has low water absorption, in combination with good chemical resistance - therefore PET-P is a material, which can handle intensive cleaning without sustaining damage. PET-P cannot withstand hot water above 60 °C.
Furthermore PET-P has high toughness and rigidity, good slide ability and crimp rigidity. For these reasons, PET-P can have excellent surface quality.
PET-P comes in food-approved (FCM/FDA) and is therefore used in products in direct contact with food. Read more about food-approved PET-P below.
Additives in PET-P
Where increased slide ability is needed, PET-P can be modified with TF/TX (PTFE/Teflon®).
Teflon® acts as a lubricant in this case, increasing the material's slide ability. With added Teflon®, PET-P becomes grey rather than white.
PET-P is typically used in environments where high mechanical strength and rigidity are required, and where particular demands are made of dimension and surface quality.
The material is used in products such as:
- Wear parts
- Precision-mechanical parts
At Induflex we proces PET-P with and without additives. We perform CNC turning and machining of your PET-P products.
If you order PET-P from Induflex, the standard material supplied is FCM.
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