Manufacturer Of Custom Plastic Extrusions, Profiles, Tubing, Rods, Shapes, FDA Certified, U.L. & NSF Approved, Class VI Radiation Sterilizable, Custom Colors, Secondary Operations.

25+ Different Thermoplastics Made To Your Exact Specifications.

Custom Plastic Extruded Color Matching & Secondary Operations Our Materials List Includes, But Is Not Limited To The Following:

MATERIAL APPEARANCES FEATURES CAPABILITIES
  • ACRYLIC
  • CLEAR, TRANSPARENT
  • TINTS OR TRANSLUCENT
  • TO OPAQUE COLORS
  • CAN BE COLORED
  • GOOD CHEMICAL RESISTANCE
    GOOD CONTACT CLARITY
  • IMPACT MODIFIED
  • EXCELLENT TOUGHNESS GRADE
  • GOOD EXTERIOR PROPERTIES
  • SAWED
  • DRILLED
  • ROUTED
  • ACRYLONITRILE
  • BUTADINENE
  • STYRENE
  • (ABS)
  • OPAQUE
  • CAN BE COLORED
  • EXCELLENT TOUGHNESS
  • GOOD FORMABILITY
  • HIGH GLOSS FINISH
  • GOOD STIFFNESS
  • HIGH IMPACT STRENGTH
  • GOOD LOW TEMP PROPERTIES
  • GOOD CHEMICAL RESISTANCE
  • FLAME RETARDANT
  • SAWED
  • DRILLED
  • ROUTED
  • PUNCHED
  • ETHYLENE VINYL
  • ACETATE
  • (EVA)
  • TRANSLUCENT
  • CAN BE COLORED
  • GOOD FLEXIBILITY
  • GOOD TOUGHNESS
  • GOOD MEMORY RETENTION
  • SAWED
  • DRILLED
  • PUNCHED
  • SEALED
  • POLYCARBONATE
  • TRANSPARENT
  • CAN BE COLORED
  • UV GRADE
  • FDA GRADE
  • HIGH IMPACT STRENGTH
  • GOOD ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES
  • GOOD DIMENSIONAL STABILITY
  • HIGH RIGIDITY
  • EXCELLENT CLARITY
  • GOOD SURFACE GLOSS
  • SAWED
  • DRILLED
  • ROUTED
  • PUNCHED
  • POLYETHYLENE
  • (HDPE)
  • OPAQUE
  • CAN BE COLORED
  • MODERATE STIFFNESS
  • STRESS CRACK RESISTANCE
  • EXCELLENT ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES
  • GOOD CHEMICAL RESISTANCE
  • ABRASION RESISTANT
  • COST EFFECTIVE
  • SAWED
  • DRILLED
  • ROUTED
  • PUNCHED
  • POLYETHYLENE
  • (LDPE)
  • OPAQUE
  • CAN BE COLORED
  • EXCELLENT ELECTRICAL PROPERTIES
  • EXCELLENT TOUGHNESS
  • HIGH GLOSS FINISH
  • COST EFFECTIVE
  • GOOD DURABILITY
  • SAWED
  • DRILLED
  • ROUTED
  • PUNCHED
  • POLYPROPYLENE
  • (COPOLYMER)
  • (HOMOPOLYMER)
  • OPAQUE
  • CAN BE COLORED
  • GOOD STIFFNESS
  • GOOD IMPACT STRENGTH
  • EXCELLENT TOUGHNESS
  • HIGH SOLVENT RESISTANCE
  • LIVING HINGE
  • SAWED
  • DRILLED
  • ROUTED
  • PUNCHED
  • POLYSTRYENE
  • (CRYSTAL)
  • CLEAR, TRANSPARENT
  • TINTS OR TRANSLUCENT
  • TO OPAQUE COLORS
  • CAN BE COLORED
  • GOOD STIFFNESS
  • GOOD CLARITY
  • LOW IMPACT STRENGTH
  • COST EFFECTIVE
  • EXCELLENT PRINTABILITY
  • SAWED
  • DRILLED
  • ROUTED
  • POLYSTRYENE
  • (HIGH IMPACT)
  • CLEAR, TRANSPARENT
  • TINTS OR TRANSLUCENT
  • TO OPAQUE COLORS
  • CAN BE COLORED
  • GOOD STIFFNESS
  • COST EFFECTIVE
  • HIGH IMPACT STRENGTH
  • EXCELLENT PRINTABILITY
  • SAWED
  • DRILLED
  • ROUTED
  • PUNCHED
  • POLYURETHANE
  • (ESTER)
  • (ETHER)
  • CLEAR, TRANSLUCENT
  • CAN BE COLORED
  • CUT RESISTANT
  • UV GRADE
  • FDA GRADE – MEDICAL APPLICATIONS
  • CONTAINS INTERNAL LUBRICANT
  • HEAT RESISTANT
  • GOOD ABRASION RESISTANCE
  • LOW TEMPERATURE FLEXIBILITY
  • OIL RESISTANT
  • GOOD TEAR STRENGTH
  • GOOD TOUGHNESS
  • GOOD CLARITY
  • SAWED
  • DRILLED
  • ROUTED
  • PUNCHED
  • SAWED
  • POLYVINYL
  • CHLORIDE
  • (RIGID PVC)
  • CLEAR, TRANSPARENT
  • TINTS AND TRANSLUCENT TO OPAQUE COLORS
  • CAN BE COLORED
  • GOOD IMPACT STRENGTH
  • GOOD CLARITY
  • GOOD TOUGHNESS
  • EXCELLENT THERMAL STABILITY
  • EXTERIOR GRADE
  • INTERIOR GRADE
  • FDA GRADE
  • EXCELLENT PRINTABILITY
  • SAWED
  • DRILLED
  • ROUTED
  • PUNCHED
  • POLYVINYL
  • CHLORIDE
  • (FLEXIBLE PVC)
  • CLEAR, TRANSPARENT
  • TINTS AND TRANSLUCENT TO OPAQUE COLORS
  • CAN BE COLORED
  • GOOD FOR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS
  • GOOD CHEMICAL RESISTANCE
  • FDA GRADE -MEDICAL APPLICATIONS
  • FLEX FROM 60 TO 90 SHORE “A”
  • SAWED
  • DRILLED
  • ROUTED
  • PUNCHED
  • SEALED

Thermoplastic Materials - Inline Plastics

Thermoplastic Materials

Thermoplastic Materials

Inline Plastics, Inc. has been a leading supplier of custom plastic extrusions for more than 75 years. We work with more than 20 different thermoplastics, using them to produce a wide variety of profiles and shapes for use in manufacturing goods, parts, and components for consumer, commercial, medical, and industrial applications.

What are Thermoplastics?

A thermoplastic is a plastic polymer that softens when heated, which facilitates molding and shaping operations. When it cools, the material retains the molded shape unless it is heated again past its melting point. The unique chemical properties of thermoplastic materials allow for continuous recycling and remolding without compromising their basic properties.

Common uses of thermoplastics include:

  • Aircraft windows
  • Agriculture
  • Aquariums
  • Autoclavable medical devices, medical equipment and instruments
  • Auto parts (headlight lenses, body parts)
  • Battery cases
  • Computer cases and components
  • Consumer products
  • Hydroponics
  • Motorcycle helmet visors
  • Packaging material
  • Sports equipment
  • Toys (i.e. LEGO® blocks)
  • Viewing ports on submersibles

Types of Thermoplastic Materials Offered

Inline Plastics specializes in working with more than 20 different types of thermoplastic materials. Each type has specific properties that make it the best solution for meeting the unique needs of various applications.

ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

ABS plastic combines styrene and acrylonitrile to create a synthesized plastic. Its unique, non-toxic properties make it the ideal choice for consumer products that come into direct contact with human skin. ABS consists of three distinct monomers that make it strong, lightweight, flexible, versatile, and tough.

The smooth flowing consistency of ABS makes it an ideal choice for injection molding. Common products that incorporate ABS include cell phones, toys, microwaves, and other appliances.

HDPE/LDPE

Two of the most common types of plastic include high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE). Though many of their properties are the same, each has unique characteristics and uses.

  • HDPE is more rigid and durable than LDPE. It comes in variations from translucent to opaque and displays excellent chemical resistance. Applications that use HDPE include rigid packaging containers, kitchen appliances and equipment, plumbing pipes, toys, and patio furniture and structures.
  • LDPE is not as rigid and comes in various clear and translucent forms. Its unique characteristics include flexibility, chemical resistance, and waterproofing. A wide variety of products come from the use of LDPE, including plastic wraps and films, flexible packaging material, injection molded parts, and grocery bags.

Rigid PVC

Polyvinyl chloride or PVC is a strong, rigid, low-cost thermoplastic with ideal fabrication and bonding qualities. PVC is easy to weld using thermoplastic welding equipment and supports adhesive and solvent bonding. Applications using rigid PVC include tanks, piping systems, and valves.

Flex PVC

Flex PVC is a variation of standard PVC that includes the addition of plasticizers to confer rubbery properties, making it softer and more flexible. Flexible PVC offer characteristics like strength, high resistance to abrasion, high clarity, good outdoor weathering, and availability in transparent and opaque forms.

There are many common applications for Flex PVC include:

  • Wire/cable jackets
  • Electrical cable insulation
  • Pool liners
  • Flooring
  • Garden hoses
  • Medical tubing
  • Rainwear
  • Inflatable products
  • Imitation leather
  • Signage and plumbing

Polycarbonate

Polycarbonate (PC) thermoplastics are amorphous and naturally transparent. Unique features of polycarbonate plastics include its high impact resistance and its capacity to undergo extreme plastic deformation without cracking or breaking. Its unique qualities make it an ideal solution for:

  • Bullet-proof glass
  • Eyewear lenses
  • Medical devices
  • Automotive parts
  • Greenhouses
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Cellular phone screens

Polystyrene (Crystal & High Impact)

High-impact polystyrene is the result of modifying crystal styrene with rubber to decrease brittleness and make it more impact-resistant. It is a low-cost thermoplastic with good dimensional stability and rigidity. FDA-approved grades, flame-retardant grades, and high-gloss grades used for extrusion are all available, making this an extremely versatile plastic. It is often used to make shampoo bottles, grocery bags, and bullet-proof vests.

Polypropylene

The semi-crystalline structure of polypropylene increases its durability, making it a widely available and comparatively affordable material used to make robust products and durable goods. Polypropylene is fatigue-resistant, has high tensile strength, and features good resistances to biological factors like mold/fungus, making it an ideal solution for applications such as:

  • Housewares
  • Utensils
  • Sportswear
  • Toys
  • Medical equipment
  • Laboratory equipment

Acrylic

This thermoplastic polymer has glass-like optical qualities, but with greater durability and improved protective capabilities compared to actual glass. Acrylic thermoplastics are known more commonly by brand names such as Lucite®, Perspex®, and Plexiglas®. As an impact-resistant glass alternative, acrylic applications often include goggles, lenses, windows, and other common applications for standard glass.

EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate)

A copolymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate, this thermoplastic polymer is a porous elastomeric material with three times the flexibility of LDPE and the highest melting temperature of all thermoplastics. EVA is non-toxic and exhibits similar properties to LDPE, but features an increased gloss that makes it well-suited for various types of films, end segments, and semi-finished goods. Common applications include:

  • Foam
  • Hot melt adhesives
  • Wire and cable insulation
  • Extrusion coating
  • Solar cell encapsulation

Polyurethane (Ester & Ether)

This clear and flexible thermoplastic includes extreme versatility, abrasion resistance, and excellent wear properties. It remains highly elastic and impact-resistant at the hardest durometers and in extreme low temperatures. Polyurethanes are also highly resistant to grease and oil. Common applications for polyurethane include gaskets and shoes.

Thermoplastic Solutions From Inline Plastics

Thermoplastics provide a low-cost, recyclable material for a broad range of manufactured products used in almost every industry. Inline Plastics is a leading provider of thermoplastic materials, specializing in more than 20 different varieties of thermoplastic. Visit our thermoplastics service page for more information or request a quote for your project.