Polymer / Plastics

The key to understanding the production process of synthetic plastic, rubber, or fiber lies in the four principle methods commercially used in polymer production.  All polymers and copolymers are made by either the use of one or a combination of methods.  These methods are bulk, solution, suspension, and emulsion.  

Chemineer agitators and Kenics static mixers and heat exchangers are used extensively in polymer and plastic production.  Batch reactors, continuous processing, tubular reactors, and heat exchangers are utilized, often in combination, in polymer production plants.

Below is information on the different methods of polymer production along with different applications for specific polymers.

General Polymer Applications

Types of Polymers:

  • PVC (Poly-Vinyl Chloride)
  • Polystyrene/ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene-Styrene)
  • Polyethylene
  • PTA (Purified Terephthalic Acid)
  • Polypropylene
  • Polyesters
  • Nylon
  • Bio-Degradable Plastics
  • Synthetic Rubber
  • Latex
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