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Enhancing Plastic Properties through Controlled Heat Treatment

At IPFL, we specialize in the heat treatment of plastics, a crucial process for enhancing the material properties and performance of plastic components. Our expertise in normalizing and annealing processes ensures that stresses introduced during manufacturing and machining are effectively managed and reduced, resulting in superior quality components.

Benefits of Heat Treatment at IPFL

Reduced Internal Stress: Ensures the stability and integrity of the plastic, especially in high-precision applications.
Improved Thermal Properties: Enhances the material's resistance to heat, making it suitable for various applications.
Minimized Crazing and Distortion: Maintains the aesthetic and structural quality of the plastic components.
Enhanced Surface Quality: Results in a smoother, more consistent finish on the final product.
Optimized Performance: Improves the overall durability and functionality of the plastic parts.

Why Opt for IPFL’s Heat Treatment Services?

Expertise in Material Handling: Our team is skilled in handling a range of plastics, ensuring optimal treatment for each material.
Customized Treatment Cycles: We adjust our heat treatment processes to cater to the specific needs of your project, considering factors like sheet thickness and material type.
Quality Assurance: Each heat-treated component undergoes rigorous quality checks, ensuring they meet our high standards and your expectations.

Materials that benefit for Heat Treatments

Acrylic

Acrylic's properties include high machinability, good thermal properties for a broad range of temperatures, and the distortion-free light transmission.
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Transparent
Toughness
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Temperature Resistant
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COC

This very new material is now being leverage for applications where other materials such as acrylic could not perform.
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Transparent
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
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PEEK

PEEK (polyetheretherketone) is a high performance plastic utilised for applications requiring chemical and water resistance as well as high temperature applications.
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Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
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Ultem

ULTEM is a High performance thermoplastic, also known as PEI, or polyetherimide, and is usually transparent amber in colour.
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Tan transparent
Toughness
Flexibility
Temperature Resistant
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Processes in Plastic Heat Treatment

  • Normalizing: This process is beneficial for materials like cast acrylic, where stresses from manufacturing need to be relieved, especially for components requiring machining to very close tolerances. Normalizing involves closely controlled heating in an air circulating oven, with cycle times adjusted according to sheet thickness, fully relieving stress and allowing the material to fully shrink.

  • Annealing: Similar to normalizing, annealing is used to reduce or remove stresses introduced during machining and other processes. By employing gentle heat in a controlled environment, this process improves the material’s thermal properties, reducing the likelihood of crazing and distortion.IPFL’s commitment to quality and precision in plastic heat treatment has established us as a leader in enhancing the material properties of plastics. Whether your project requires normalization for stress relief or annealing for improved performance, our heat treatment services are designed to deliver superior results.