Before we devote ourselves to our PLASTMASS™ UHMWPE, a little digression into materials science: To produce polyethylene a special prozess is required, which is called polymerisation. Different degrees of polymerization can be used. The degree of polymerization influences how many branches the polymer chains form during polymerization. The number of branches ultimately influences the molecular weight of the material. In plastics technology, the molecular weight of plastics is specified with the unit g/mol. Depending on the degree of polymerization, the molecular weight of polyethylene can thus be increased or decreased.
So far so good, but what makes our PLASTMASS™ UHMWPE with 9 million g/mol so special compared to UHMWPEs with 5 million g/mol. Since our polyethylene has a higher molecular weight, its polymer chains have more branches. This gives our UHMWPE many strong properties advantages over other polyethylene plastics. Our polyethylene has a very high wear and abrasion resistance. In addition, there is a very low coefficient of sliding friction, which makes the material perfect for the use of sliding parts. Its high impact strength at extremely low temperatures (-200 °C) enables the development of many technical material solutions for cold environments. With PLASTMASS™ UHMWPE the wear of components can be reduced, the sliding properties can be increased and new components for technical solutions can be developed from our polyethylene material.