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High Performance Solutions Why Piedmont WE OFFER Over 50 Branch Locations Expert Product Knowledge Local Inventory Value-Added Services WHO WE ARE OUR COMMITMENT At Piedmont Plastics our recipe for success for over 50 years has been excellent customer service local knowledgeable employees and competitive prices on the worlds best brands. Customer service is a core value of Piedmont Plastics. We are committed to providing every customer with the highest level of service in the industry. This commitment reaches far beyond simply providing you with our In that time we have grown from a local supplier of basic plastic shapes and films to one of the leading plastic distributors in North America. knowledgeable sales representatives and the right With a reputation for integrity that permeates every aspect of our business we have established a legacy of customer service and product quality. We embrace every opportunity to promote enjoyable profitable relationships with our customers employees and suppliers. On-Time Shipping Premier Brands Industry Expertise With over 50 distribution centers throughout North America chances are we have what you need when you need it... FAST. product mix. Through our dedication to this goal our customers have come to rely on us for Quality Management Systems State-of-the-Art Conversion Equipment the PREMIER CHOICE for your plastic needs Find more solutions at Semi-Crystalline Plastics ACETAL Acetal provides high strength and stiffness coupled with enhanced dimensional stability ease of machining a low coefficient of friction and good wear properties. Acetals are also FDA and USDA compliant. Lower Costs Tear Resistant Readily Available Easy to Process Wide Variety of ColorsTextures FLUOROPLASTICS With higher heat and chemical resistance fluoroplastics exhibit properties that can hold up to extreme tasks. Teflon PTFE FEP Kynar PVDF PFA PCTFE Halar ECTFE Tefzel ETFE POLYESTER Polyester-based mecha

nical plastics provide excellent dimensional stability and good wear resistance. Additionally polyesters have a low coefficient of friction high strength and resistance to moderately acidic solutions. Most polyesters are FDA and USDA compliant. Ertalyte PET-P Ertalyte TX HYDEX 4101 PBT HYDEX 4101L POLYOLEFINS Polyolefins provide great wear and corrosion resistance low friction surfaces and high impact strength. Many of the varieties offer FDA and USDA compliance. With no moisture absorption self-lubricating properties and an economical price polyolefin materials deliver performance and value. POLYURETHANE UHMW Polyethylene Rigid polyurethanes offer a broad range of chemical resistance dimensional stability and toughness. Ceram p HYDEX 301 202 PP - Polypropylene General Purpose Custom Cast Shapes TIVAR HDPE - High Density Polyethylene Polystone LDPE - Low Density Polyethylene Welding Rod High Performance Solutions 1 Amorphous Plastics ABS ABS or acrylonitrile butadiene styrene is a common lightweight thermoplastic. The most important mechanical properties of ABS are impact resistance dimensional stability and ease of machining. These characteristics make ABS a great product for a wide range of prototyping and machined applications. Flame Retardant General Purpose POLYCARBONATE Machine Grade Polycarbonate PC is a transparent amorphous thermoplastic which offers very high impact strength and high modulus of elasticity. Machine Grade Polycarbonate is stress relieved making it ideal for close tolerance machined parts. Available in glass-filled grades for enhanced strength and stability. PC 1000 SUSTANAT PC Glass-Filled PVC - POLYVINYL CHLORIDE PVC CPVC is a good general purpose material used in a wide variety of applications that require corrosion resistance mechanical strength and good thermal and electrical properties. PVC CPVC is commonly used for applications in chemical processing handling and storage metals finishing and thermoforming. FLUOR

OPLASTICS Nylon offers a broad range of sizes good mechanical and electrical properties strength toughness and some grades are FDA and USDA compliant. Available in both extruded and cast versions nylon is a great solution to many of your demanding applications. Cast Nylon tubular bar rod and plate Nylatron GS GSM GSM Blue NSM 703XL Nylon 101 6 66 HYDLAR Z MC 901 Blue Cast Heat Stabilized Oil-Filled Nylons PVC - Grey Type 1 and 2 White Pipe Tubing Custom Cast Shapes sheaves pulleys CPVC Tubing Other Plastics INDUSTRIAL LAMINATES Industrial laminates are made of thermoset resins phenolic epoxy silicone or melamine combined with various base materials such as paper cotton cloth or glass cloth under high pressure and heat. These materials offer high strength heat resistance and excellent dielectric properties. Phenolics NEMA Grades Cotton C CE L LE Paper X XX XXX Glass G5 G7 G9 G10 Phenolics Specialty Grades GPO Glass Polyester Thermoset Composites TUBING Our tubing products are designed for use in a variety of applications including chemical processing water treatment soaps and detergents pulp and paper compressed gas document processing equipment food and beverage lawn and garden and instrumentation. Acetal Acrylic Chemfluor Fluoroplastics PFA PTFE HIGH TEMPERATURECORROSION RESISTANT ENHANCED MECHANICAL PROPERTIES The harshest environments require the toughest products. Thats why we offer solutions for industries like aerospace chemical and food processing automotive and electronics. We offer the broadest selection of high performance polymers in the industry. Celazole - PBI Fluorosint 500 207 HPV PEEK - Duratron Victrex Polyimide - Duratron PI Vespel Polysulfone - PSU Polyethersulfone - PES Radel - PPSU Torlon - PAI Techtron - PPS Norprene Tygon Nylon Polycarbonate Polyethylene PVC ESD - STATIC CONTROL Piedmont Plastics carries a full line of electronically active materials. Depending on the application there is a static dissipat

ive or conductive polymer to address your electrical electronicESD requirements. These materials exhibit various other important physical properties including wear chemical and heat resistance mechanical strength dimensional stability machinability and purity. If your application includes issues with static discharge consider one of Piedmonts ESD materials. High Performance Solutions 3 the Benefits of Machining Machined Parts Have Lower Stress Thermoplastic rod and plates for machining are stress-relieved. This reduces the possibility of part distortion. Molded parts may distort more easily. Machined Parts Have Consistent Properties Low Volume Requirements Are Most Easily Cost-Effectively Machined For small or intermediate lot sizes molds are neither necessary nor cost effective. Since thermoplastic stock shapes can be machined with standard metal-working tools youll find lower tooling costs when you machine to meet your design goals. Closer Tolerances Are Possible With Machined Parts When molded parts are made the orientation of material can cause variation in properties. Machined part properties are more consistent. Machined Parts Require No Draft Angle Draft is the taper required in mold cavities that allow the part to be ejected from the cavities. Therefore part surfaces will not be parallel or straight. Draft is not required with machined parts. Machined Parts Have No Weld Lines Machining is often the only way to hold tight tolerances. Molded parts cannot hold tight tolerances due to mold shrinkage and flow problems. Molded parts of annular ring shapes usually have weld lines which occur when the flow travels around the I.D. core and welds together. This weld area is the weakest area of the part. There is no critical weak point in a thermoplastic machined part. More Design Flexibility When You Machine Molded Parts Develop Skin Because there is no costly mold redesign needed changes in machined part size or material can be made quickly and easily. Molded mate

rials especially nylons have an amorphous quickly cooled surface or skin which may delaminate while the part is in service. Machined parts are uniform in crystalline structure and do not have skin problems. Faster Delivery Is Possible When You Machine Parts No extensive delays for first parts due to mold delivery. Some Parts Are Impractical To Mold Parts with multiple undercuts or adjacent thin and heavy sections are difficult to mold. Cross Sections Heavier Than 14 Cannot Be Molded Well Molding is not a good alternative for heavier cross sections since shrinkage will cause surface sinks depressions and internal voids. Sinks and voids do not occur during machining. Engineering Plastics Troubleshooting Difficulty Common Cause Difficulty Common Cause Drilling Tapered Hole 1. Incorrectly sharpened drill 2. Insufficient clearance 3. Feed too heavy Turning and Boring Melted Surface 1. Tool dull or heel rubbing 2. Insufficient side clearance 3. Feed rate too slow 4. Spindle speed rate too fast Rough Finish 1. Feed too heavy 2. Incorrect clearance angles 3. Sharp point on tool Burnt or Melted Surface 1. Wrong type drill 2. Incorrectly sharpened drill 3. Feed too light 4. Dull drill 5. Web too thick Chipping of Surfaces 1. Feed too heavy 2. Clearance too great 3. Too much rake thin web as described Chatter 1. Too much clearance 2. Feed to light 3. Drill overhang too great 4. Too much rake thin web as described Feed Marks or Spiral 1. Feed too heavy Lines on Inside Diameter 2. Drill not centered 3. Drill ground off-center Oversized Holes 1. Drill ground off-center 2. Web too thin 3. Insufficient clearance 4. Feed rate too heavy 5. Point angle too great Undersized Hole 1. Dull drill 2. Too much clearance 3. Point angle too small Burr at Cut-Off 1. Dull cut-off tool 2. Drill does not pass completely through piece Rapid Dulling of Drill 1. Feed too light 2. Spindle speed too fast 3. Insufficient lubrication from coolant Holes Not Concentric 1. Feed too heavy 2. Spindle speed t

oo slow 3. Drill enters next piece too far 4. Cut-off tool leaves nib which deflects drill 5. Web too thick 6. Drill speed too heavy at start 7. Drill not mounted on center 8. Drill not sharpened correctly slight nose radius required 4. Tool not mounted on center Burrs at Edge Cut 1. No chamfer provided at sharp corners 2. Dull tool 3. Insufficient side clearance 4. Lead angle not provided on tool tool should ease out of cut gradually not suddenly Cracking or Chipping of Corners 1. Too much positive rake on tool 2. Tool not eased into cut tool suddenly hits work 3. Dull tool 4. Tool mounted below center 5. Sharp point on tool slight nose radius required Chatter 1. Too much nose radius on tool 2. Tool not mounted solidly 3. Material not supported properly 4. Width of cut too wide use two cuts Cutting Off Melted Surface 1. Dull tool 2. Insufficient clearance 3. Insufficient coolant supply Rough Finish 1. Feed too heavy 2. Tool improperly sharpened 3. Cutting edge not honed Spiral Marks 1. Tool rubs during its retreat 2. Burr on point of tool Concave or Convex Surface 1. Point angle too great 2. Tool not perpendicular to spindle 3. Tool deflecting use negative rake 4. Feed too heavy 5. Tool mounted above or below center Diameter 1. No chamfer before cut-off 2. Dull tool High Performance Solutions 5 For a full list of locations visit piedmontplastics.comlocations Were closer than you think. Important It is the users responsibility to ensure the suitability and safety of the product for all intended uses. As a distributor Piedmont Plastics does not warrant the merchantability of the product or the capability of the product for the purpose intended by the user. Users should independently test each material prior to use for suitability for their specific purpose according to instructions in any technical data sheet. Piedmont Plastics does not assume any responsibility or liability for any advice provided or for performance or results of any installation or use of the pro

duct or any final product into which the product may be incorporated by the purchaser andor user.