Leading Plastic Sheet Manufacturers

Plastic Sheet Manufacturers Extruded plastic sheets are an essential part of the plastic fabrication industry, since most thermoforming processes use plastic sheeting of various gauges as a raw material.

At Porex Filtration Group, we are a global leader in porous plastics technology, dedicated to providing innovative solutions that enhance product performance and improve the lives of people around the world. With decades of experience and a relentless commitment to excellence, we have established ourselves as trusted partners in the plastics industry, offering a comprehensive range of products...

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All Plastics and Fiberglass performs fabrication for fiberglass and plastics. Among the standard products we produce are ducts, grating, structural shapes, pipe hangers and tanks. We do custom fabrication on tanks and pipe hangers. We also make prefabricated piping systems, handrails and more. We have built a reputation on high quality and superior service for more than two decades.

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At Plastic-Craft® Products, our business is plastics. We have an extensive inventory of plastic materials to suit your needs, and also maintain a complete machine shop to fabricate plastic parts to your specifications. Let us meet your plastics requirements. We have over 50 years of service behind us. We are always available to discuss the application of our service to your unique operation.

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Atlas Fibre is a supplier of stock thermoset shapes in sheet, rod and tube in the following grades: G3, G5, G7, G9, G10, G11, FR4 and canvas, linen and paper phenolic. All materials are Mil-Spec and NEMA certified. We also have extensive CNC milling and turning capabilities; CNC sawing, sanding, and material fabrication for all thermoset materials. We can also machine and fabricate all types of...

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CS Hyde has been providing high-end plastic materials since our founding in 1996, and has become a leading distributor and converter to a wide variety of markets. Materials we have available include Teflon Fluoroplastic, PTFE, Mylar®, Kevlar®, and more. We utilize the most high-tech converting equipment to provide superior products to our customers in a short time frame. It is our continuous...

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Boedeker Plastics stocks the widest variety of engineering and industrial plastics in the industry. The people of Boedeker have the unique knowledge necessary to take customer service a step beyond others in the field providing in-house engineering assistance. Whether you need ten miles or ten inches, Boedeker Plastics has all of your plastic materials, sheets, rods, tubes and custom components.

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Consumer products, packaging, plastic containers and many other industries use plastic sheets in thermoforming processes such as vacuum forming, pressure forming and inline thermoforming. The automotive, aerospace, petrochemical, food and marine industries use raw, thick gauged plastic sheets and blocks to machine industry-specific parts.

Plastic sheets are used as signage, and clear acrylic and Plexiglas sheets make excellent windows, large picture frames, barriers and point of purchase displays. Plastic sheeting is extruded the same way plastic channels and profiles are, with an additional end process. Plastic sheet manufacturers feed plastic pellets or flakes into a hopper that then feeds the raw plastic into a screw conveyor.

The screw conveyor shears and pushes the material along, heating and "plasticizing" the pellets into molten plastic. As the conveyor continues to turn, molten plastic is pushed out through a flat die. Instead of being instantly cooled, the flat shape is pulled and stretched by grips into wider sheets, which are then fed into a series of round metal cooling "calenders" and are ultimately wound onto spools.

Thicker gauge sheets are cut and stacked flat, ready to be thermoformed into many different shapes. Dies can also be round, so that as the plastic is extruded through the conveyor its tube shape is sheared in half, and both top and bottom are stretched into flat sheets separately. Sometimes additives and coating resins are added to the surface of the plastic sheet during the calendering process.

Plastic sheets may be fabricated from a number of different plastic materials, including HDPE, LDPE, PETG, PVC, polypropylene, polystyrene, vinyl and acrylic; different applications call for different properties of strength, flexibility, hardness, corrosion resistance and color, which is why so many styles of plastic have been created.

Some industries use plastic sheets with minor alterations for applications such as cutting boards, business signs, Plexiglas windows and silk-screening. Vacuum and pressure forming plastics manufacturers, however, choose plastic sheets with fine to medium gauges to be further processed into three dimensional products.

Vacuum formed products are made by heating a plastic sheet until it is flexible, then introducing a male mold underneath the plastic sheet and vacuuming the heated plastic sheet to the mold so it takes the mold's exact shape. The pressure forming process is identical, except that a female mold is introduced and the heated plastic sheet is vacuumed into it.

Blister packs and many packaging items are fabricated this way, as well as disposable utensils, containers, bathtubs and showers, marine seats and parts and all other hollow, shaped plastic parts made for industrial, commercial and residential use.

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