Polyethylene, or “PE”, is the most widely produced thermoplastic organic polymer plastics in the world. More than 100 million tons of PE are produced each year, accounting for roughly 34 percent of the entire plastics market. Take a look around and you’re likely to find several polyethylene products within arms reach. Polyethylene is made up of chains of the ethylene monomer (hence the name, “polyethylene”).
Under the JC Finley polyethylene umbrella are many different types including low-density polyethylene (LDPE), linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE), high-density polyethylene (HDPE), and ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW). Each boasts different characteristics (namely flexibility and tensile strength) and can be used in various applications depending on durability needs. For instance, LDPE is extremely light and flexible, but not very strong (think grocery shopping bags), whereas HDPE is much more rigid and durable, but weighs considerably more (think plastic garbage cans). UHMW is substantially stronger and can be used in high-performance settings and even bulletproof vests! In addition to sturdiness, more dense polyethylenes will have higher resistance to heat.
Regarding JC Finley polyethylene fabrication, rigid polyethylene is remarkably sturdy relative to its size and can be converted fairly easily. Because of this, polyethylene machining and polyethylene fabricating can both be done with relative ease for professional polyethylene fabricators. In terms of polyethylene distribution and sales, the material is generally sold in cut to size sheets, rods, and bars of varying thicknesses. For more on polyethylene fabrication applications, contact the JC Finley team.