UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene) is a common machinable plastic known for durability, versatility and cost-effectiveness as well as abrasion, impact and chemical resistances. UHMW plastic features a molecular weight that ranges from 3.1 million to 100 million grams per mole, with an abrasion resistance that continues to improve as molecular weight increases.
First developed by Interstate Plastics, IPX 2000 UHMW is a machinable advanced engineer polyethylene compound manufactured to retain the high qualities of traditional UHMW but with increased abrasion resistance and UV stability. IPX 2000 advanced wear technology is UV stabilized for long term exposure in outdoor applications, which increases product life as well as high quality performance.
IPX 2000 is known for high resistance to corrosive chemicals (except oxidizing acids), low moisture absorption and high resistance to friction. Due to a specialized self-lubricating formula, the coefficient of friction of IPX 2000 is significantly lower versus traditional UHMW, nylon and acetal. IPX 2000 is burgundy red in color and not approved for FDA contact. IPX 2000 is commonly used to improve performance in existing plastic applications and replace metals in more demanding solutions. Applications for IPX 2000 are virtually the same as UHMW and include gears, springs, plates, bushings and housings.
IPX 2000 comes standard in burgundy red. Sheet sizes are available as large as 48" x 120" and in custom cut-to-size dimensions.
Improved Abrasion Resistance:
IPX advanced wear technology UHMW improved from 16 to 7 compared to standard UHMW in a standard slurry test. This lower number indicates as much as a 40% increase in wear resistance over competitors grades of UHMW.
Lower Coefficient of Friction:
The additives in IPX allow for added slip; as much as 30% more. This added slip decreases part wear in nearly all applications.
Decreased Thermal Expansion/Contraction:
The formulation of IPX advanced wear technology UHMW allows for more stability and less part expansion and contraction, thus allowing for closer part tolerances and fit.
Fully UV Stabilized:
IPX advanced wear technology UHMW is UV stabilized for long term exposure in outdoor applications. You will experience an increased useful life and consistent performance in a wide range of temperatures and conditions.