Introduction

Plastics engineering involves the processing, design, development and manufacturing of plastic products. A plastic is a type of polymer material that is in a semi-liquid state and has the property of plasticity. Plastics are very important and common in many industries including the packaging, electronics, building and construction, aerospace and transportation industries.

Plastics are used in a large range of products, from the smallest paper clip to the largest spacecraft, because they are low cost to produce, are easy to manufacture and are resistant to water.

Common types of plastics and their uses include:

  • Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)

Common uses: plastic bottles, packaging trays and first aid blankets

  • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)

Common uses: shopping bags, pipes, bottle caps, helmets and insulation

  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)

Common uses: clothing, signage, furniture, flooring, vinyl records and cables

  • Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)

Common uses: containers, machine parts, lids and drink cartons

  • Polypropylene (PP)

Common uses: clothing, surgery tools, kettles and packing tapes

Plastics engineers are involved in the process of designing, redefining the design, and manufacturing plastics and its products.

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Expertise in Action

Plastics engineering experts are essential to provide expert opinion in cases involving:

  • Failure of plastic materials in machinery, pipes and electronics
  • Lack of safety in packaging that involve plastic materials
  • Product liability
  • Negligence in the use of plastic materials
  • Injuries involving hazardous plastic materials
  • Improper design of plastic products

Plastics experts are able to provide information on different types of plastic products and the aspects of manufacturing behind it. They may also have a background and knowledge in manufacturing operations, chemical testing, product testing, materials safety, industrial technology and mechanical engineering.

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Profiles of Experts in Engineering - Polymers (plastics)

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