Impact Plastics Blog

What is the difference between thermoplastic and thermoset materials?

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on June 19, 2017

The terms ‘thermoplastic’ and ‘thermoset’ are used frequently to classify different plastic materials. So what exactly is the difference? The main characteristic that separates the two types of materials is their response to heat - one can be re-melted from a solid back into a liquid state, while the other will remain permanently in a solid state.

Continue reading to learn more about the differences between these two types of materials:


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Topics: plastic sheet extrusion, material selection

Learn More About Your Plastic Sheet: 7 Facts About HDPE Plastic

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on March 24, 2017


Choosing the right plastic for your application can be confusing, particularly if you are new to the industry. In our recent blog post, “When it Comes to Material Selection, Not All Plastics Are Created Equal," we gave a quick overview of the polymers that Impact extrudes, touching on their general characteristics and typical uses.

In this next blog post, we narrow our focus to discuss one of the plastic sheet materials produced by Impact in greater detail – High Density Polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE is one of the most versatile plastics and is the most widely used polymer for consumer products. Below are 7 important facts about HDPE plastic:

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Topics: plastic sheet extrusion, high density polyethylene, HDPE

When it Comes to Material Selection Not All Plastics are Created Equal

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on January 27, 2017
Working in the plastic sheet extrusion industry gives you insight into the many ways plastic is used in modern society. But to someone who does not work in the industry, or is new to the industry, all plastics can look the same. However, not all plastics are created equal, and the term ‘plastics’ encompasses many different polymers all with different characteristics and typical uses.  At Impact Plastics, we extrude a mix of commodity & specialty thermoplastic resins for supply into various market verticals. New to plastics and don’t know where to start? Read on for a breakdown of the polymers that Impact carries and their typical uses.

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Topics: plastic, plastic sheet extrusion, plastic sheet

Are Alternatives to Plastic Really Better for the Environment?

Posted by Natalie K. MacVarish on January 19, 2017

When working in the plastic sheet extrusion industry it is not uncommon to hear the objection that plastics are not a sustainable packaging solution. Studies that support this school of thought, however, have previously only focused on the negative impact on the environment, but never compare what a total switch to alternative, 'more sustainable,' materials would mean.  With sustainability and green packaging solutions ranking as a primary concern for consumers and brand owners in trend reports from 2016, this begs the question, is the alternative truly better for the environment? 

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Topics: sustainability, plastic, plastic sheet extrusion