Plastic extrusion is often viewed as one of the most economical manufacturing options due to its efficiency and the fact that it doesn’t generate a lot of waste.
But what is it?
Plastic extrusion is the manufacturing of raw plastic material into a continuous profile, often in high volumes. Using new or recycled plastic along with heat, plastic extrusions are moulded to a specific application shape, such as piping, gaskets and plastic sheeting.
The manufacturing process can be completed with a range of extrusion materials, such as ABS, rigid and flexible PVC, elastomers and more. The plastic can be produced as rigid, semi-rigid or flexible and can be produced in several different finishes, such as metallic colours or even glow in the dark.
What are the benefits of extrusion?
Perhaps the biggest positive that comes with plastic extrusion is its ability to manufacture high product volumes quickly and inexpensively.
The plastic extrusion process can also allow for the option of co-extrusion. This involves the use of two or more extrusion materials, fed at differing speeds and widths into an extrusion head. This method allows us to combine different plastics and compounds into a single product, to take advantage of the different properties that separate materials provide and to create different aesthetics.
Finally, the extrusion process is very versatile and lends itself well to creating products of all sizes, shapes, texture and thickness. While this is the case, certain thermoplastics tend to lend themselves well to different applications. For example, PVC can be extruded in complex pieces, polycarbonate is particularly strong and able to withstand high temperatures and polypropylene provides very good chemical resistance and heat resistance when compared with other translucent plastics. By talking to an industry expert, you can find out which type of extrusion would best suit your needs.
At Euroseal, we have a diverse array of extrusion equipment, which means that we can extrude profiles in a wide range of thermoplastics, such as PVC, polycarbonate, HDPE, polystyrene and ABS.
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