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Acronyms for Plastics :-

  • ABA Poly(Acrylonitrile Butadiene Acrylate)

  • ABS Poly(Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

  • ACM Poly(Acrylic Acid Ester Rubber)

  • ACS Acrylonitrile-Chlorinated Polyethylene-Styrene Terpolymer

  • ACS American Chemical Society

  • AES Poly(Acrylonitrile Ethylene Styrene) or Poly(Acrylonitrile Ethylene Propylene Styrene)

  • AMMA Poly(Acrylonitrile Methyl Methacrylate)

  • AN Acrylonitrile

  • AO Antioxidant

  • APET Amorphous Polyethylene Terephthlate

  • API American Petroleum Institute

  • ARP Poly(Arylterephthalate) Copolyester

  • AS Antistatic

  • ASA Poly(Acrylic Styrene Acrylonitrile)

  • ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials

  • BDMA Benzyl Dimethyl Amine (Epoxy Cure Accelerator)

  • BGE Butyl Glycidyl Ether

  • BIIR Bromobutyl Rubber

  • BMC Bulk Molding Compound

  • BMI Bismaleimide

  • BOPP Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (Film)

  • BR Polybutadiene Rubber

  • CA Cellulose Acetate

  • CAB Cellulose Acetate Butyrate

  • CAP Cellulose Acetate Propionate

  • CF Cresol Formaldehyde

  • CFR Code of Federal Regulations (21 CFR has provisions dealing with food contact of polymers)

  • CGE Cresol Glycidyl Ether

  • CHDM Cyclohexanedimethanol

  • CIIR Chlorobutyl Rubber

  • CM Chlorinated Polyethylene Rubber

  • CM Compression Molded

  • CMC Carboxymethyl Cellulose

  • CN Cellulose Nitrate

  • CO Epichlorohydrin Rubber (Homopolymer)

  • COF Coefficient of Friction

  • CP Cellulose Propionate

  • CPE Chlorinated Polyethylene

  • CPVC Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride

  • CR Polychloroprene Rubber

  • CS Casein

  • CSA Canadian Standards Associates

  • CSM Chlorosulfonated Polyethylene Rubber

  • CTE Coefficient of Thermal Expansion

  • CTFE Chlorortrifluoroethylene

  • CTI Comparative Tracking Index

  • CVD Chemical Vapor Deposition

  • DAM Dry As Molded (often applied to nylon)

  • DAP Diallyl Phthalate

  • DDS Diaminodiphenyl Sulfone (Epoxy Cure Agent)

  • DGEBA Diglycidyl Ether of Bisphenol A

  • DIN Deutches Institut für Normung

  • DTUL Deflection Temperature Under Load

  • EAA Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer

  • EBAC Poly(Ethylene Butyl Acrylate)

  • EC Ethyl Cellulose

  • ECN Epoxy Cresol Novolac

  • ECO Epichlorohydrin Rubber (Ethylene Oxide Copolymer)

  • ECTFE Poly(Ethylene Chlorotrifluoroethylene) (aka Halar)

  • EEA Poly(Ethylene-Ethyl Acrylate)

  • EEW Epoxy Equivalent Weight (Also called WPE)

  • EMAAA Ethylene Acid Terpolymer

  • EMAC Poly(Ethylene Methyl Acrylate)

  • EMCM Ethylene Methyl Acrylate Cyclohexene Methyl Acrylate

  • EMI Electromagnetic Interference

  • EP Epoxy; Epoxide

  • EPA Environmental Protection Agency (US Government)

  • EPDM Ethylene Propylene Terpolymer Rubber

  • EPM Ethylene Propylene Copolymer

  • EPN Epoxy Phenol Novolac

  • EPS Expanded Polystyrene ESCR Environmental Stress Cracking Resistance

  • ETFE Poly(Ethylene Tetrafluoroethylene) (aka Tefzel)

  • ETPU Engineering Thermoplastic Polyurethane

  • EVA Ethylene Vinyl Acetate Copolymer

  • EVAC Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate Copolymer

  • EVAL Poly(Ethylene-Vinyl Alcohol)

  • EVOH Poly(Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol)

  • FDA Food and Drug Administration (US Government)

  • FEP Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene

  • FF Furan Formaldehyde

  • FMQ Fluorosilicone Rubber

  • FPM Fluorocarbon Rubber

  • FPVC Flexible Polyvinyl Chloride

  • FR Flame Retardant

  • FVMQ Fluorosilicone Rubber

  • FZ Fluorinated Polyphosphazene Rubber

  • GFR Glass Fiber Reinforced

  • GP General Purpose

  • GPO Propylene Oxide Rubber

  • GPPS General Purpose Polystyrene

  • HAI High Amp Arc Ignition

  • HALS Hindered Amine Light Stabilizer

  • HDPE High Density Polyethylene

  • HDT Heat Deflection Temperature or Heat Distortion Temperature

  • HFP Hexafluoropropylene

  • HIPS High Impact Polystyrene

  • HNBR Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Rubber)

  • HRE Rockwell E Hardness Number

  • HRM Rockwell M Hardness Number

  • HRR Rockwell R Hardness Number

  • HVAR High Voltage Arc Resistance to Ignition

  • HVTR High Voltage Tracking Rate

  • HWI Hot Wire Ignition

  • IBS Interactive Blowing System

  • IIR Butyl Rubber

  • IM Injection Molded

  • IMR Internal Mold Release

  • ISO International Standards Organization

  • LCP Liquid Crystal Polymer

  • LDPE Low Density Polyethylene

  • LLDPE Linear Low Density Polyethylene

  • LMDPE Linear Medium Density Polyethylene

  • MD Metal Deactivator

  • MDPE Medium Density Polyethylene

  • MEKP Methyl Ethyl Ketone Peroxide (Thermoset Curing Agent)

  • MF Melamine-Formaldehyde

  • MFD Microfloppy Diskettes

  • MFI Melt Flow Index

  • MVTR Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate

  • MWD Molecular Weight Distribution

  • NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration (US)

  • NB No Break (Applied to Impact Test Results)

  • NBR Nitrile Rubber (Acrylonitrile-Butadiene Rubber)

  • NHFR Non-Halogen Flame Retardant

  • NHT High Temperature Nylon

  • NSF National Sanitation Foundation (nonregulatory agency)

  • OB Optical Brightener

  • ODP Ozone Depletion Potential

  • OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer

  • OPP Oriented Polypropylene (Film)

  • OPS Oriented Polystyrene (Film)

  • OSHA Occupation Safety and Health Administration (US Government)

  • PA Polyacrylate

  • PA Polyamide (Nylon)

  • PAEK Polyarylether

  • PAEK Polyaryletherketone

  • PAI Polyamide-Imide

  • PAMS Poly(Alpha Methylstyrene)

  • PAN Polyacrylonitrile

  • PARA Polyarylamide (polyaramide)

  • PAS Polyarylsulfone

  • PASA Polyamide, Semi-Aromatic (Nylon)

  • PASU Polyarylsulfone

  • PB Polybutadiene

  • PB Polybutene-1

  • PBGA Plastic Ball Grid Array

  • PBI Polybenzimidazole

  • PBT Polybutylene Terephthalate

  • PC Polycarbonate

  • PCB Printed Circuit Board

  • PCP Post-Consumer Plastic

  • PCR Post-Consumer Resin

  • PCT Polycyclohexylenedimethylene Terephthalate

  • PCTFE Polychlorortrifluoroethylene (aka Kel-F)

  • PCTG Glycol-Modified PCT

  • PCU Polycarbonate Urethane

  • PDAP Poly(Diallyl Phthalate)

  • PDSM polydimethylsiloxane (Silicone)

  • PE Polyethylene

  • PEBA Polyether Block Amide

  • PEEK Polyetheretherketone

  • PEF Process Engineered Fuel

  • PEG Polyethylene Glycol

  • PEI Polyetherimide (aka Ultem)

  • PEK Polyetherketone

  • PEKEKK Polyetherketoneetherketoneketone

  • PEKK Polyetherketoneketone

  • PEN Polyethylene Naphthalate

  • PEO Poly(Ethylene Oxide)

  • PEOX Poly(Ethylene Oxide)

  • PES Polyethersulfone

  • PESU Polyethersulfone

  • PET Polyethylene Terephthalate

  • PETG PET Modified with CHDM

  • PEX Cross-linked Polyethylene

  • PF Phenol Formaldehyde (Phenolic)

  • PFA Perfluoroalkoxy

  • PFPE Polyperfluoropolyether

  • PI Polyimide

  • PIB Polyisobutylene

  • PIR Polyisocyanurate Foam

  • PISU Polyimidesulfone

  • PMMA Polymethylmethacrylate (aka acrylic, plexiglass)

  • PMP Polymethylpentene

  • PNR Polynorborane Rubber

  • PO Polyolefin

  • POB Poly(p-Oxybenzoate)

  • POM Polyoxymethylene (Acetal)

  • POP Point of Purchase (Marketing Displays)

  • PP Polypropylene

  • PPA Polyphthalamide

  • PPE Polyphenylene Ether

  • PPF Phenol-Furfural

  • PPG Polypropylene Glycol

  • PPO Polyphenylene Oxide (aka Noryl)

  • PPOX Polypropylene Oxide

  • PPS Polyphenylene Sulfide ( aka Techtron, Ryton)

  • PPSU Polyphenylsulfone

  • PRF Plastics Recovery Facility

  • PS Polystyrene

  • PSU Polysulfone

  • PTFE Polytetrafluoroethylene (aka Teflon)

  • PTMG Polytetramethylene Glycol

  • PTT Polytrimethylene Terephthalate

  • PU Polyurethene

  • PUR Polyurethene

  • PVAC Poly(Vinyl Acetate)

  • PVAL Poly(Vinyl Alcohol)

  • PVB Poly(Vinyl Butyral)

  • PVC Polyvinyl Chloride

  • PVCA Poly(Vinyl Chloride-Acetate)

  • PVDC Polyvinylidene Chloride

  • PVDF Polyvinylidene Fluoride (aka Kynar, Symalit)

  • PVFM Poly(Vinyl Formal)

  • PVK Polvinylcarbazole

  • PVOH Polyvinyl Alcohol

  • PVP Polyvinylpyrrolidone

  • PZ Polyphosphazene Rubber

  • RH Relative Humidity

  • RIM Reaction Injection Molding

  • RPVC Rigid Polyvinyl Chloride

  • RRIM Reinforced Reaction Injection Molding

  • RTI Relative Thermal Index (UL test)

  • RTPU Rigid Thermoplastic Polyurethane

  • RTV Room Temperature Vulcanizing (Silicone)

  • SAN Poly(Styrene Acrylonitrile)

  • SB Styrene-Butadiene

  • SBC Styrene-Butadiene Copolymer

  • SBS Poly(Styrene Butadiene Styrene)

  • SEBS Poly(Styrene-Ethylene-Butadiene-Styrene) Elastomer

  • SI Silicone

  • SI System International (a subset of metric units)

  • SIS Poly(Styrene-Isoprene-Styrene) Elastomer

  • SMA Poly(Styrene Maleic Anhydride)

  • SMC Sheet Molding Compound

  • SMMA Styrene Methyl Methacrylate Copolymer

  • SMS Styrene-a-Methylstyrene

  • SPS Syndiotactic Polystyrene

  • SPU Segmented Polyurethane

  • TAIC Triallyl Isocyanurate

  • TEEE Ether Ester Block Copolymer (Thermoplastic Elastomer)

  • TEEE Thermoplastic Elastomer Ether Ester Block Copolymer

  • TEO Olefinic Thermoplastic Elastomer

  • TES Thermoplastic Styrenic Elastomer

  • TFE Polytetrafluoroethylene (aka PTFE, Teflon)

  • TM Transfer Molded

  • TP Thermoplastic

  • TPE Thermoplastic Elastomer

  • TPI Thermoplastic Polyimide

  • TPO Thermoplastic Polyolefin (often applied to elastomers)

  • TPU Thermoplastic Polyurethene (often applied to elastomers)

  • TPUR Thermoplastic Polyurethene (often applied to elastomers)

  • TPV Thermoplastic Vulcanizate

  • TS Thermoset

  • TYS Tensile Yield Strength

  • UF Urea Formaldehyde

  • UHMW Ultra High Molecular Weight (often applied to polyethylene)

  • UL Underwriters Laboratory

  • ULDPE Ultra Low Density Polyethylene

  • UP Unsaturated Polyester (Thermoset)

  • USDA United States Department of Agriculture

  • UTS Ultimate Tensile Strength

  • UV Ultraviolet

  • VCE Poly(Vinyl Chloride-Ethylene) VCEMA Poly(Vinyl Chloride-Ethylene-Methyl Acrylate)

  • VCMA Poly(Vinyl Chloride-Methyl Acrylate)

  • VCVAC Poly(Vinyl Chloride-Vinyl Acrylate)

  • VCVDC Poly(Vinyl Chloride-Vinylidene Chloride)

  • VHMW Very High Molecular Weight (often applied to polyethylene)

  • WPE Weight per Epoxide (also called EEW)

  • XLPE Cross-linked Polyethylene

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