UHMW-PE

Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene

Known for its outstanding abrasion resistance and high impact resistance, Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMW-PE) has countless applications across nearly every industry worldwide, and is used to make everything from mining chute liners and farm equipment skid shoes to snowmobile skis and kitchen cutting boards.

UHMW-PE is a linear polyethylene with an extremely high molecular weight, making it far superior to any other thermoplastic for wear resistance, and 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.

UHMW-PE Advantages

Impact Resistance


UHMW-PE is incredibly impact resistant. Professional sno-cross racers have been pounding moguls on UHMW snowmobile skis for nearly 30 years.




Abrasion Resistance


UHMW poly is extremely resistant to abrasion, and holds up better than steel, hardwoods and other polymers in abrasive applications. It’s been used in gritty bulk material handling and agricultural applications for decades.




Self-Lubricating – Low Friction


UHMW poly is a very slick, self-lubricating non-stick material with a coefficient of friction (dynamic) of 0.12. This allows materials to slide right over it without building up, making UHMW-PE an excellent choice for any application that requires a slippery surface to prevent caking. Oil and grease can be eliminated from bearing applications, making UHMW components a popular choice for commercial food handling and bottling applications.




Non-Porous


Absorbs Virtually No Water and Withstands Many Corrosive Chemicals – These characteristics make UHMW poly an excellent choice for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical industries as well as for water treatment applications.




Non-Toxic and Safe


Natural virgin UHMW-PE is USDA and FDA approved for direct food contact.




Withstands Extreme Cold


UHMW-PE is an excellent choice for cold-weather applications. Snowmobilers prefer UHMW snowmobile skis for their durability and slick surface, and cities and contractors often install a UHMW poly cutting edge to snowplows and skid steer buckets to protect paved surfaces.




Withstands High Temperatures


UHMW-PE has a melting point of 320°F (160°C).




Lightweight


UHMW-PE is eight times lighter than steel but outwears carbon steel for abrasion resistance by 10 to 1.




Reduces Noise and Vibration


UHMW is an excellent sound and vibration dampener. It reduces rattling in material handling applications. Farmers often line combine feeder houses and other equipment with poly to reduce clattering.




Less Maintenance


UHMW will save you time and money on maintenance. UHMW-PE reduces corrosion and wear so parts last longer. It also is self-lubricating, eliminating time-consuming lubrication requirements. Slick UHMW-lined chutes are far easier to keep clean than metal.




Reduces Energy Consumption


UHMW’s slick property helps reduce energy costs by reducing friction and thermal loss. Conveyor belts operate more efficiently because product moves more freely, and farm equipment outfitted with poly passes through fields with less resistance, reducing fuel costs.




Prolongs Equipment Life and Reduces Maintenance Costs


UHMW poly can be used to protect expensive equipment from wear and tear, and to replace worn metal parts for a fraction of the cost.





Industrial Applications for UHMW-PE

The industrial applications for UHMW-PE are endless and limited only by your imagination. UHMW can be custom machined, molded, cut, formed and fabricated into a massive variety of parts. At Pride Engineered Plastics, our knowledgeable UHMW experts can help you take your custom plastic parts from concept to completion at very competitive prices. You’ll benefit from our 45+ years of UHMW poly experience.

Impact Resistance


UHMW-PE is incredibly impact resistant. Professional sno-cross racers have been pounding moguls on UHMW snowmobile skis for nearly 30 years.




Abrasion Resistance


UHMW poly is extremely resistant to abrasion, and holds up better than steel, hardwoods and other polymers in abrasive applications. It’s been used in gritty bulk material handling and agricultural applications for decades.




Self-Lubricating – Low Friction


UHMW poly is a very slick, self-lubricating non-stick material with a coefficient of friction (dynamic) of 0.12. This allows materials to slide right over it without building up, making UHMW-PE an excellent choice for any application that requires a slippery surface to prevent caking. Oil and grease can be eliminated from bearing applications, making UHMW components a popular choice for commercial food handling and bottling applications.




Non-Porous


Absorbs Virtually No Water and Withstands Many Corrosive Chemicals – These characteristics make UHMW poly an excellent choice for the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical industries as well as for water treatment applications.




Non-Toxic and Safe


Natural virgin UHMW-PE is USDA and FDA approved for direct food contact.




Withstands Extreme Cold


UHMW-PE is an excellent choice for cold-weather applications. Snowmobilers prefer UHMW snowmobile skis for their durability and slick surface, and cities and contractors often install a UHMW poly cutting edge to snowplows and skid steer buckets to protect paved surfaces.




Withstands High Temperatures


UHMW-PE has a melting point of 320°F (160°C).




Lightweight


UHMW-PE is eight times lighter than steel but outwears carbon steel for abrasion resistance by 10 to 1.




Reduces Noise and Vibration


UHMW is an excellent sound and vibration dampener. It reduces rattling in material handling applications. Farmers often line combine feeder houses and other equipment with poly to reduce clattering.




Less Maintenance


UHMW will save you time and money on maintenance. UHMW-PE reduces corrosion and wear so parts last longer. It also is self-lubricating, eliminating time-consuming lubrication requirements. Slick UHMW-lined chutes are far easier to keep clean than metal.




Reduces Energy Consumption


UHMW’s slick property helps reduce energy costs by reducing friction and thermal loss. Conveyor belts operate more efficiently because product moves more freely, and farm equipment outfitted with poly passes through fields with less resistance, reducing fuel costs.




Prolongs Equipment Life and Reduces Maintenance Costs


UHMW poly can be used to protect expensive equipment from wear and tear, and to replace worn metal parts for a fraction of the cost.





Thousands of items are made from UHMW-PE. Here’s just a few:

  • Agricultural equipment

  • Auger liners

  • Auger wear shoes

  • Bearings

  • Belly pads

  • Boat bottoms

  • Bride pier protection

  • Bumpers

  • Bucket elevator guides

  • Bushings

  • Cable guides

  • Chain drive sprockets

  • Collars

  • Impact bars

  • Lead acid battery separators

  • Medical implants

  • Pinion gears

  • Pistons

  • Poly capped bolts

  • Outrigger pads

  • Rollers

  • Screws

  • Sliding plates

  • Star wheels

  • Skid plates

  • Sprockets

  • Tracks

  • Valves

  • Trough liners

  • Washers

  • Wear pads

  • Wear strips

  • And much more

  • Commercial lawnmower striping rollers

  • Conveyor rollers, guide rails, chain guides

  • Cutting Edges for Skid Steer Buckets and snow plows

  • Dock fenders

  • Filters

  • Flanged rollers

  • Fuel tank protectors

  • Gears

  • Guide Shoes

  • Hold down bars

  • Idler rollers