UHMW Poly Benefits and Applications
UHMW poly, also known as UHMW-PE, is one of the toughest commercially available plastics on the planet. Known for its durability and abrasion resistance, UHMW is our top pick for applications that require a plastic that can take a beating.
At Pride Solutions, we recommend UHMW for applications that demand an impact resistant plastic with a slick surface that is resistant to wear. Items such as chain guides, bushings, impact bars, idler rollers, trough liners, fifth wheel Slick Plates, wear pads and wear strips are just a few excellent applications for UHMW.
Just how tough is UHMW? UHMW is so tough, it’s used to line chutes and dump trucks at mining and aggregate operations and to make skid shoes for farm equipment that sees thousands of acres of use. UHMW has no problem handling extreme cold. If fact, we compression mold it to manufacture C&A Pro high performance snowmobile skis used by professional snocross racers and freestyle legends like Levi LaVallee.
Freestyle snowmobiler Levi LaVallee equips his sleds and his snocross team’s sleds with C&A Pro snowmobile skis manufactured by Pride Solutions, a plastic contract manufacturer in Hutchinson, Minnesota..
Farmers use compression molded UHMW May Wes G4 stalk stompers to stomp down cornstalks to prevent tire and track damage. Learn more about G4 Stalk Stompers at www.maywes.com.
Still wondering if UHMW is tough enough for your application? Did you know it’s even used in armor plating! If it needs to be poly and it needs to be tough, it needs to be UHMW.
UHMW-PE stands for Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene. UHMW is a linear polyethylene with an extremely high molecular weight. It is far superior to any other thermoplastic for wear resistance, and is by far one of densest polymers available, outperforming even carbon steel for wear applications. No other material can match UHMW’s slickness and abrasion resistance.
Trucking companies now use UHMW Slick Plates from Minimizer instead of messy grease to protect fifth wheel plates from wear. Learn more about Minimizer Slick Plates at www.maywes.com.
Benefits of UHMW-PE
UHMW has numerous benefits. Here are some of the top reasons our customers choose UHMW:
· Impact Resistance
· Abrasion Resistance
· Self-Lubricating – Low Friction non-stick material with a coefficient of friction (dynamic) of 0.12 (In other words, it is slick.)
· Withstands Extreme Cold
· Withstands High Temperatures
· Reduces Noise & Vibration
· Saves Time & Money by Protecting Equipment from Wear
· Reduces Energy Consumption
UHMW Industrial Applications
At Pride Solutions, we manufacture thousands of items from UHMW, from aftermarket agricultural equipment and auger liners to wear pads and wear strips and everything in between. We supply custom UHMW poly parts to customers across a wide range of industries, from aggregate and agriculture to wastewater and solid waste treatment. We also sell bulk UHMW sheeting, poly shaft and poly capped bolts to industrial customers around the world.
UHMW Plastic Molding and Fabrication Services at Pride Solutions
UHMW is an incredibly versatile polymer. UHMW plastic parts can be compression molded from resin, machined from bar or round stock, and cut and formed from sheet material. UHMW also can be overmolded onto metals. We offer all of these services at Pride Solutions. We can do everything for you, including CAD/CAM design. We can even assemble and ship your products to end users.
Our compression molding and plastic fabrication shop is centrally located in the U.S.A. in Hutchinson, Minnesota’s Manufacturing City. We serve customers throughout the Midwest, the United States and even internationally.
Contact Pride Solutions Today to Discuss Your Next UHMW Poly Project