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We conclude this three-part blog by taking a look at criteria for industrial applications:
INDUSTRIES AND APPLICATIONS
A broad range of industries use plastics for myriad applications. Some of the industries using these plastics include:
OIL AND GAS
The environments, requirements, and workloads associated with the oil and gas industry are exceptionally demanding. Materials that are EN ISO 23936-1:2009 and NORSOK M-710, Edition 3 compliant are required in these applications.
Materials used in the manufacturing and construction of medical technology must come with approvals for direct bodily contact. Resistance to common sterilization methods is also required because the vast majority of medical products must be thoroughly sterilized before and/or after use. Medical devices and surgical tools must be also be visible under fluoroscopy and x-ray radiation, which may require the use of specialized materials.
In food technology, materials must comply with explicit regulations, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and European standards such as 10/2011/EC and 1935/2004 EC). The food and beverage industry has seen increased demand for detectable materials that help prevent unwanted particulate matter from working its way into the food processing chain. Broken plastics fragments may be easily traced via standardized process control systems thanks to special additives used in intentionally modified materials.
AEROSPACE AND SEMICONDUCTOR
The aerospace and semiconductor industries feature some of the most stringent quality requirements in any industry. They require materials with high ionic purity levels due to their reliance on vacuum setups, and flame retardant materials also see heavy used in these industries due to several applications that center around fire protection.
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