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.
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.