Without a doubt, one of the most widely used plastics around is High-Density Polyethylene or HDPE. It doesn’t get as much press as it’s more talked about companions (namely polycarbonate and acrylic), but it’s integral to a far greater variety of objects and tools than you might think. From water tanks to children’s toys, to computer cases and car dashboards HDPE products are everywhere. This begs the question: What is HDPE sheet? And why is it everywhere?
HDPE is a thermoplastic and is most often dealt with in the form of a sheet. A thermoplastic is a polymer that becomes plastic/flexible upon heating, and of course, hardens upon cooling. High-density polyethylene is made up of a string of ethylene molecules, which gives it the ‘poly’ in polyethylene. It is well-known and liked for being strong, lightweight and easy to shape. Because of this, the use of HDPE sheeting has only increased as the years have gone by, again due to the benefits and efficiencies it can bring to nearly any product.
The HDPE smooth sheet is an exceptional material useful for a variety of applications. Smooth HDPE sheet is simple to fabricate and boasts high tensile strength, chemical resistance. Additionally, it is also impact and moisture resistant. We most often use smooth HDPE sheeting in tank lining.
Our HDPE meets Australian & New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 4020:2005 for use in contact with drinking water.
The Matte HDPE sheet is specifically designed for manufacturing cutting boards. Matte HDPE is tough, acid resistant, compliant with food service regulations. The material has an extremely long life-span and is not dulling to your knives.
The Non-skid HDPE sheet is created for marine applications where a non-skid or non-slip surface is needed.
Although HDPE sheet can take many forms, they all provide the same basic features and benefits that distinguish them from any other plastic sheeting material (such as acrylic or polycarbonate sheet).
There are many reasons why HDPE sheeting is popular. The most important benefits of HDPE sheet includes:
Across the world, HDPE plastic sheet is used for a range of applications and industries. Just about everyone has used or benefited from something made of HDPE before. Some common applications are:
Next time you pick up a plastic item, check the bottom — if its recycle number is a 2, then it contains HDPE.
Please contact us to learn more about High-Density Polyethylene sheeting, we have plastic experts who can speak to you about its benefits, applications, and pricing.