Overview of our materials for semi-finished plastic products
The right semi-finished plastic product for every application
Angst+Pfister has an extensive range of plastics that covers all the requirements needed in the market. We are particularly strong in the field of technical and high-performance plastics, such as PEEK, PAI, PEI or VESPEL, which are used primarily in the high-temperature range. But we also offer a wide range of fluoroplastics, especially PTFE, also known as Teflon. All relevant thermoplastics and duroplastics are also available from us in various forms.
Many of the plastics in our product range are particularly suitable for the food and medical industries, thanks in part to countless approvals and conformities.
The whole range of materials from stock
Plastics are substances whose basic components are synthetically or semi-synthetically produced polymers. By selecting the starting material, the manufacturing process and the addition of additives, technical properties of plastics such as mouldability, hardness, elasticity, breaking strength, temperature and chemical resistance can be varied within wide limits. Plastics are then further processed into semi-finished products such as plates, round bars, tubes and films.
Angst+Pfister has over 100 different materials in stock and manages more than 2000 articles. Should something not be in stock, we will be happy to provide it for you. With our production partners all over the world, all doors are open when it comes to the selection of materials.
With our configurator to the perfect cut
Depending on the material, we stock plastic plates in standard formats up to 3050 x 2050 mm, which we will be happy to cut-to-size in our modern production facility. Just test our configurator and configure your plastic plates individually and perfectly adapted to your project.
It goes without saying that our cutting service in our configurator is also available for all round bars, profiles, tubes and films in stock. Convince yourself now at www.aposparts.com.
Our APSOparts® online shop is also available around the clock to provide you with detailed information on the products relevant to your needs.
- Machine manufacturing industry
- Food and beverage industry
- Packaging industry
- Pharma and medical devices
- Pumps and valves industry
|Product||Image||Description||Technical data||Approvals||Peculiar features||Key applications||Order|
|Colour||Density (g/cm3)||Working temperature (°C)||FDA||EC 1935/2004; EU 10/2011||Drinking water||Flame retardancy||Chemical resistance||Possible modifications||Sliding properties||Machine manufacturing industry||Food & beverage industry||Packaging industry||Pharma & medical devices||Pumps & valves industry||Railway|
|PTFE||The diverse properties of PTFE (polytetrafluoro-ethylene) are particularly in demand for anti-adhesive coatings, sliding functions with extremely low friction values, dielectric materials for high-voltage and HF applications, and for applications where the material comes into direct contact with aggressive chemicals and foodstuffs. PTFE materials can be exposed to long-term service temperatures of up to +260 °C and to short-term peak temperatures of +280 °C if only subject to a really low mechanical load. Within this temperature range, no structural break-up (depolymerization) which could change the material’s properties, takes place. Flexibility and elongation at break remain practically unchanged even at low temperatures of up to –200°C.||natural (white), black, beige||2.18||-200 to +260||x||x||x||excellent||Glass
High performance modifications
|PCTFE||PCTFE (polychlorotrifluoroethylene) is a semi-crystalline polymer. It is a rigid material, that appears to have a slightly yellowish/whitish translucency or is transparent, depending on the fabrication process used. In comparison with PTFE, PCTFE is significantly harder and more dimensionally stable. It is the hardest of the fluoroplastics. Even at very low temperatures of around –255°C, it retains its excellent dimensional stability. It also has the lowest gas permeability rate, very good mechanical strength and in particular low creeping under compressive stress.||natural (opal)||2.10 - 2.15||-225 to +150||x||high||limited||x||x||x|
|PVDF||PVDF is a non-reinforced, highly crystalline fluorinated polymer which unites good mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties with excellent chemical resistance. The properties of PVDF make the resulting plastic parts into a diverse construction material which is especially popular in the petrochemical, chemical, metallurgical, pharmaceutical, foodstuffs, paper, textile, and nuclear industries. Its excellent welding properties and thermoplastic formability are particularly important.||natural (white)||1.78||-50 to +140||x||excellent||conductive||good||x||x||x||x|
|PUR||Polyurethanes can have completely different properties depending on the choice of isocyanate and alcohol. The hardness of the material is determined through the varying quantity ratios of raw materials (no plasticizers). The urethane group is characteristic of polyurethanes. Polyurethanes can be foamed or solid, hard and brittle, or soft and elastic. The glycol-containing polyurethane elastomers described here are compact PUR, cast in open moulds in a hot moulding process. This oldest and best known polyurethane elastomer has unsurpassed mechanical property values in comparison with other types. The rubber-like, elastic behaviour of this material in conjunction with excellent resistance to abrasion and tear propagation enables its application where synthetic rubbers would otherwise fail.||red-brown, brown||1.24 - 1.26||-40 to +80||limited||unsuitable||x|
|PEI||PEI has outstanding thermal, mechanical, and electrical properties. It is also extremely flame-retardant and results in particularly low levels of smoke development in the case of a fire. PEI is therefore very suitable for use in electrical/electronic insulators and a range of load-bearing components which need to be strong and rigid at relatively high temperatures. The raw material meets the requirements of Class VI of the USP Standards. Thanks to the good resistance to hydrolysis of polyetherimide, it is not surprising that technical medical devices and analytical instruments constitute an important application area for this material.||natural (amber translucent), black||1.27||-50 to +170||x||good||conductive||unsuitable||x||x|
|PPS||Polyphenylene sulphides have a whole range of useful properties such as wear resistance, mechanical load-bearing capacity, dimensional stability, and resistance to chemically aggressive media and high temperatures.||dark blue, black||1.43||-20 to +220||x||excellent||Glass
|good - very good||x||x|
|PEEK||PEEK is a semi-crystalline thermoplastic which has practically all of the properties expected of a high-performance plastic. It is ideal for applications requiring high performance in extreme conditions with regard to temperature, chemicals, weather resistance, mechanical properties, abrasion resistance, resistance to high-energy radiation, and flame-retardant behaviour. Along with its modification types, PEEK forms a unique group of materials for challenging applications.||natural (brown-grey), black||1.32||-60 to +250||x||x||excellent||Glass
|PAI||PAI is a plastic with a very high flexural strength, extremely low creep tendency, and top mechanical strength at very high temperatures. It has excellent retention of mechanical strength, rigidity, and creep resistance over a broad temperature range.||ochre-yellow, black||1.41 - 1.45||-200 to +250||x||limited||Glass
|PI||Finished and semi-finished products made from PI (polyimide) are tailored for use in applications which require high thermal stability, good electrical properties, and excellent wear and abrasion behaviour. The absence of a glass transition temperature and melting point has a significant influence on the product’s properties and explains why PI acts like a thermoset. Unlike most other materials, PI acts isotropically, which means that the typical properties of parts machined from semi-finished products (such as tensile strength, elongation and the coefficient of thermal elongation) are independent of the direction of production.||natural (brown), anthracite||1.43 - 1.51||-271 to +288||x||limited||Graphite
|PBI||PBI is an absolute top material among the range of high-performance materials. Thanks to its unique combination of properties, PBI can offer a solution where other plastics fail. This material is in high demand in high-tech industries such as the semi-conductor, aeronautics, and astronautics industries. It has an extremely high maximum service temperature limit in air, excellent retention of mechanical strength, rigidity, and creep resistance over a broad temperature range.||black||1.30||-200 to +310||x||limited||good||x||x|
|PA||Polyamides are used for a wide range of technical applications which require high toughness, mechanical strength, and good sliding and abrasion behaviour. Of particular note here as application examples are also construction elements for drive technology such as gear wheels, plain bearings, and idler pulleys.||natural, black, anthracite, grey, green||1.14 - 1.35||-40 to +155||x||x||x||good||Glass
|POM||POM has a combination of higher hardness and dimensional stability while remaining highly impact-resistant. This plastic has a low coefficient of friction, moderate resistance to wear, excellent spring characteristics, high alternating fatigue resistance, good dielectric properties, high dielectric strength, low dielectric loss factor, good chemical resistance – particularly to solvents – and is very resistant to stress cracking.||natural (white), black, blue||1.41||-50 to +110||x||x||x||good||Glass
|PET-C||PET-C is a non-reinforced, semi-crystalline polyester, a thermoplastic with unusually high hardness, rigidity, and dimensional stability. The excellent sliding behaviour of PET-C along with very low wear makes it ideal for precision machine elements with sliding functions.||natural (white), black, light grey||1.36 - 1.39||-20 to +115||x||x||good||PTFE||very good||x||x||x|
|PF CP, PF CC||Laminates are among the oldest industrially used plastics. Sheets, tubes and profiles are based on layered cellulose papers with high tensile strength, which are impregnated with thermosetting resins, pressed and cured. Phenol-formaldehyde (PF) is predominantly used as a binder resin. For decorative, but also for electrotechnical reasons, special hardboard panels are coated with melamine-formaldehyde (MF) resin on one or both sides. The predecessors of today's fibre composite materials are certainly the tried and tested hard fabrics. Cotton fabrics are impregnated in layers with appropriate impregnating resins - in this case mainly based on phenol-formaldehyde (PF) - and then processed in presses with thermosetting to form homogeneous, high-quality laminate materials for a wide range of construction tasks. PF CP 201 (hard paper) has good mechanical strength and electrical properties, which are required in the low-voltage range.
APSOplast® PF CP MF, with a top layer of melamine resin (0.3 mm) on both sides, has very high tracking and dielectric strength as well as arc resistance, is scratch-resistant, largely chemical-resistant and flame-retardant. Thanks to the use of fine cotton fabric, APSOplast® PF CC 201 (hard fabric, Hgw 2082) has very good mechanical properties.
|brown, grey||1.40||-30 to +120||good||unsuitable||x||x|
|EP GC, EP GM||EP GC is a laminate material based on epoxy resin and glass filament fabric. In addition to exceptional
mechanical and electrical properties, flame resistance, and temperature resistance, this material has an impressively low moisture absorption and complete resistance even to extreme climates.
EP GM is a laminate material based on glass fibre mat with an epoxy resin matrix that offers good
mechanical properties at elevated temperatures.
|green-brown, yellow-brown||2.00||-40 to +180||x||good||unsuitable||x||x|
|UP GM||In cases where laminated paper is not strong enough but the top values of laminated glass fabric are not required, polyester resin laminated glass mat makes for an inexpensive alternative. This grade impresses users with its high mechanical strength and top electrical insulation. In addition to complying with the most important standards, polyester resin laminated mats are suitable for further requirements. Due to the good electrical properties, it is used successfully in the electrical industry. Winding supports for dry transformers, partitions, switch levers in high-voltage switches and insulators for choke coils are just some of the numerous other possible uses.||white||1.83 - 1.90||-40 to +155||x||limited||unsuitable||x||x|
|PVC-U||PVC is an amorphous thermoplastic and an important mass plastic, especially in the technology sector. In particular, this applies to long-term applications in electrotechnology and civil engineering. PVC, which is by nature fragile and hard, is modified using additives – primarily plasticizers and stabilizers – in line with an extremely wide range of application areas. The additives improve physical properties such as resistance to temperature, light and weather influences, toughness, elasticity, notch impact resistance, and gloss. Transparent sheets enable see-through covers and glazing. PVC has a range of really good properties and is also cost-effective.||transparent, grey, red||1.42||0 to +60||x||x||good||foamed||unsuitable||x||x|
|PE||Polyethylene (PE) is known for its waxy, anti-adhesive surface. Polyethylenes fall into the range of soft, flexible thermoplastics. They are semi-crystalline. The molecular mass, crystallinity, structure, and properties of the material largely depend on the polymerization method. Along with PVC, PE is one of the most diverse thermoplastic. In its basic form, PE ranges from colour-free transparent to milky white.
PE is characterised above all by good wear resistance (PE-UHMW), high impact strength, even at low temperatures, and excellent chemical resistance.
Typical applications of polyethylene are found in the packaging industry, as a flat gasket or in apparatus engineering. Due to operating temperatures even in the deep minus range and approvals in the food industry, PE(-UHMW) is also ideal for use in the food industry and deep freezing technology.
|natural (white), black, blue, green||0.92 - 0.96||-260 to +95||x||x||x||x||excellent||excellent||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|PP||Polypropylene is an inexpensive semi-crystalline thermoplastic. It belongs to the polyolefins group. In comparison with PE-HD, PP has higher rigidity, hardness, and strength. Moreover, in comparison with PE, PP has a higher heat distortion stability. This, however, is associated with insufficient low-temperature toughness.||pebble grey||0.91||-0 to +100||x||x||x||x||very good||LSG||unsuitable||x||x||x|