Comprehensive Catalogue for Polymers Detection

19. Dec 2023

In the evolving landscape of waste management recycling and polymers, Near-Infrared Spectroscopy (NIR spectroscopy) stands out as a transformative technology. Its relevance in plastic sorting, recycling, and waste management cannot be overstated. NIR spectroscopy offers a rapid, non-destructive method to identify different types of plastics. Each plastic type has a unique NIR light reflection pattern, enabling precise classification. This accuracy is crucial for maintaining the quality of recycling processes and avoiding contamination of recycled materials. Furthermore, NIR spectroscopy streamlines sorting processes, reducing the need for manual labor, thus lowering operational costs. Significantly, its application in efficient plastic sorting plays a vital role in reducing environmental pollution by enhancing recycling rates. Versatile and adaptable, NIR spectroscopy is indispensable in modern waste management, contributing greatly to sustainability.

Polymer detection

Our handheld spectrometer is at the forefront of this technological revolution, capable of identifying over 50 different polymers in various forms, such as plastic rods, granules, foils, and plates. It adeptly handles diverse colors and surface textures, whether rough or smooth. The device’s substance library covers a broad range of polymers, including the “big five”: PE (Polyethylene), PP (Polypropylene), PS (Polystyrene), PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate), and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride).

It also encompasses other polymers like ABC, POM (Polyoxymethylene), PMMA (Polymethyl Methacrylate), EVA (Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate), PC (Polycarbonate), TPR (Thermoplastic Rubber), and more. Additionally, our solution offers the capability to distinguish between similar polymers like PA6 and PA66 and to classify subtypes of Polyethylene, such as LDPE, HDPE, and MDPE.

Our database is dynamic and ever-expanding. As new polymers emerge, they are swiftly added to our library, making them immediately accessible to all users. We continually update our database to reflect the latest advancements in polymer technology and recycling practices.

Incorporation of the Full List (as of 15.06.23)

In our overview below, we’ve highlighted our detailed polymer catalog.  This evolving document is a demonstration of our commitment to comprehensive detection and meticulous analysis.

For stakeholders seeking more detailed information or with specific inquiries about our capabilities, our dedicated team is ready to provide the latest insights and individualized assistance. Please contact us here.

Name Category Short Description
ABS – Flame Retardant Polymer Enhanced resistance to ignition and burning, used in fire-sensitive applications.
ABS – High Impact Polymer High toughness, suitable for products requiring extra impact resistance.
ABS – Medium Impact Polymer Balanced impact resistance, general-purpose applications.
ABS – Nylon Alloy Polymer Combines the qualities of ABS with the strength and heat resistance of nylon.
ABS – Transparent Polymer Provides clarity while retaining ABS properties, for transparent applications.
Acetal Resin – Copolymer Polymer Good fatigue life, low moisture sensitivity, for mechanical parts.
Acetal Resin – Homopolymer Polymer Higher mechanical strength, stiffness, and hardness than copolymers.
Acrylic Polymer Excellent clarity and weatherability, used in lenses and outdoor applications.
Calcium Carbonate – Reinforced Polypropylene Polymer Increased stiffness and lower cost, for automotive parts and appliances.
Cellulose Acetate Polymer High clarity, good chemical resistance, used in eyewear and packaging.
Cellulose Acetate Butyrate Polymer Improved toughness and impact strength, used in coatings and films.
Cellulose Acetate Propionate Polymer Lower density, higher transparency, for eyewear frames.
Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Polymer Flexibility, resilience, used in foam products and flexible tubing.
High Modulus Polyethylene (HMPE) Polymer Extremely high strength-to-weight ratio, used in ballistic protection.
Ionomer Polymer Good impact properties and optical clarity, used in packaging films and golf ball covers.
Mica-Reinforced Polypropylene Polymer Enhanced stiffness and temperature performance, for automotive parts.
Modified Acrylic Polymer Altered properties for impact resistance or flow, for automotive and signage.
Nylon – Transparent Polymer High strength and transparency, for high-performance applications.
Nylon – Type 6 (Homopolymer) Polymer Good wear resistance, used in fibers and engineering plastics.
Nylon – Type 66 Polymer Higher melting point and strength than Type 6, for mechanical components.
Nylon (Type 66 – 33% Glass) Polymer Glass fiber reinforcement for enhanced stiffness and strength.
PC-ABS Polymer Blend of polycarbonate and ABS for high heat resistance and toughness.
Phenylene Oxide Polymer High dimensional stability and electrical insulating properties.
Poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT) Polymer Good chemical resistance, used in fibers and textiles.
Polyallomer Polymer Enhanced stress-crack resistance, used in film and packaging applications.
Polyamid 12 (PA12) Polymer Good chemical resistance, low moisture absorption, used in tubing and coatings.
Polyaryl – Ether Polymer High thermal stability and resistance to oxidation, used in electronics.
Polybutylene Polymer Good flexibility and creep resistance, used in piping systems.
Polycarbonate Polymer High impact strength and clarity, used in eyewear and bulletproof glass.
Polyester Elastomer Polymer Elasticity and chemical resistance, used in medical devices and automotive parts.
Polyethylene – High Density Polymer Stiffness, strength, and chemical resistance, used in containers.
Polyethylene – Low Density Polymer Flexibility and toughness, used in bags and film applications.
Polyethylene (Medium Density) Polymer Balance of flexibility and strength, for pipes and films.
Polymethyl Methacrylate Polymer Excellent clarity and UV resistance, used in signs and displays.
Polymethyl Pentene Polymer Low density and high heat resistance, used in laboratory equipment.
Polyoxymethylene Polymer High strength, stiffness, and dimensional stability, for precision parts.
Polyphenylene Sulfide Polymer High temperature and chemical resistance, for automotive and aerospace parts.
Polypropylene – (Glass Filled) Polymer Reinforced for increased strength and heat resistance.
Polypropylene – Copolymer Polymer Improved impact strength at low temperatures, for durable goods.
Polypropylene – Flame Retardant Polymer Flame resistance for safety applications.
Polypropylene – Homopolymer Polymer General-purpose with high chemical resistance and weldability.
Polystyrene – General Purpose Polymer Versatile for low-cost applications, used in packaging and disposables.
Polystyrene – High Impact Polymer Improved impact resistance, used in appliances and consumer products.
Polystyrene – Medium Impact Polymer Balance of clarity and impact resistance.
Polysulfone Polymer High temperature resistance and strength, for medical and electrical applications.
Polyvinyl Chloride – Flexible Polymer Versatile, used in hoses, tubing, and inflatable structures.
Polyvinyl Chloride – Rigid Polymer Good chemical and mechanical properties, used in pipes and fittings.
Polyvinylidene Fluoride Polymer Excellent chemical, UV, and weather resistance, used in coatings.
Styrene – Acrylonitrile (SAN) Polymer Good chemical resistance and rigidity, for kitchenware.
Styrene Butadiene Polymer Good abrasion resistance, used in rubber tires and mechanical parts.
Styrenic Terpolymer Polymer Customized properties for special applications.
Synthetic Elastomer Polymer Engineered for flexibility and resilience, used in seals and gaskets.
Talc-Reinforced Polypropylene Polymer Improved stiffness and heat resistance, for automotive and home appliances.
Thermoplastic Polyester (PBT) Polymer Good mechanical and electrical properties, for electronic connectors.
Thermoplastic Polyester (PETG) Polymer Easy to form, high toughness, for packaging and medical devices.
Thermoplastic Polyurethane Polymer Versatile elastomer, for footwear and automotive interiors.
Thermoplastic Rubber Polymer Combines the processability of plastics with the elasticity of rubber.
Urethane Elastomer (Polyether) Polymer High wear resistance, used in performance coatings and films.
Acrylonitrile Styrene Acrylate (ASA) Polymer UV resistance and mechanical properties, for outdoor applications.
This list is accurate as of 15th June 2023, and our team is continuously prepared to offer the most current data and support for your specific polymer analysis needs. For further details or to request the full catalog, please reach out to us. here.

Additionally, our specialization doesn’t stop at polymer detection; we are consistently enhancing our technology to deliver the most advanced tools for the identification and analysis of a wide spectrum of polymers.

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At the heart of our service is the commitment to provide solutions that are tailored to the unique challenges and requirements of each industry and use case. We recognize that every sector has specific materials to analyze and distinct operational demands. Our expertise lies in developing solutions that are uncomplicated, swift, and accurate, designed to meet your specific needs. With our advanced NIR spectroscopy technology, we are not just offering a tool; we are providing a pathway to more efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally responsible waste management, recycling processes and plastic production.

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