Identifying a plastics by the trade name
You, plastics salesperson, has visited and looked at the packaging of other suppliers trying to figure out what materials were they?
And you who are on the factory floor, was already racking your brain to find out what is that missing bag in stock?
Are you a businessman and want a name for your material?
Your problems are over! I present a guide that shows how manufacturers tend to name their products.
Well, actually it does not apply to all manufacturers... But either way it already helps in identification.
Polyethylene and Polypropylene
The nomenclature tends to originate in the material name in English (polyethylene and polypropylene).
Examples: Bapolene®, Cosmothene®, Certene™, Duralene.
Polystyrene e Expanded Polystyrene (EPS)
The nomenclature stems from the styrene monomer.
or terminated/prefixed by styrol
Examples: Palstyrol®, Polystyrol, Solarene, Stirofor®, Stirol, Stirolan, StyroCal™, Styrolution.
Many manufacturers use the ending "lac", while others use the prefix "ter" from terpolymer.
or prefix ter-
Examples: Cycolac*, Dialac®, Greenlac, Hylac®, Lastilac, Polylac®, Santac®, Tairilac, Taitalac®, Tekulac, Terluran, Toyolac®, Trilac.
Manufacturers usually base the name of their polyacetals in its monomer, formaldehyde.
; or prefixed by form-
Examples: Astatal™, Celcon®, Delrin®, Deniform, Duracon, Ekatal®, Ensital®, Formax®, Formpoly, Germaform, Hostaform®, Isotal*, Iupital®, Kepital®, Kocetal®, Niform, Novaform, Optital, Palform®, Poliform, Polyform, Ramtal, Razatal®, Saxaform™, Schulaform®, Sniatal®, Tarnoform®, Tekuform, Ultraform®, Unital®.
Examples: Armamid®, Badamid®, Daunyl, Denyl, Devlon, Econyl, Fostamid™, Germamid, Heramid®, Hylon®, Kelon®, Latamid®, Mazmid, Nylamid, Optamid®, Pentamid, Radilon®, Scanamid, Technyl, Ultramid®, Vestamid®, Wellamid®.
Generally blends have termination –loy
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WIEBECK, Hélio; HARADA, Júlio. Plásticos de Engenharia: Tecnologia e Aplicações. São Paulo: Artliber Editora, 2005.
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