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Specifically developed for the Food, Pharmaceutical, Packaging, Bottling & Canning, metal detectable ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene is suitable for use in the following applications: Wear Strips, Guide Rails, Corner Wear bends, Chain Guides, Bearings, Bushes, Scrapers, Rollers, Idler Wheels, Liners and general machined parts, etc.

UHMW PE Metal Detectable is a lower cost material for applications with the need for high impact resistance. Medium dimensional stability due to extreme low water absorption but high coefficient of linear thermal expansion (CLTE). Good performance in cryogenic environment with excellent release properties. UHMW PE MD is not x-ray detectable. Please refer to our list of x-ray detectable plastics here.

Brand Names

  • Tivar® MD

Emco Industrial Plastics doesn’t claim to represent all of the manufacturers or trade name products listed. This list is intended as a guide of typical materials available for purchase from Emco Industrial Plastics, Inc. For additional information, contact an Emco Industrial Plastics representative by filling out the form below.

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Generic Name
Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene

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Technical Information

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Stock Products

Sheet 3/8″ – 4″ TH 48 x 96 CTS Gray

Give us your cut-to-size dimensions. We will precision-cut these plastics to your exact size. Additional sizes and colors available upon request.


Physical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Density g/cm³ 0.995
Water Absorption, 24 hrs % <0.1
Mechanical PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Tensile Stress at Yield MPa 19
Comprehensive Stress at 1/2/5 % nominal strain MPa 7/11.5/18
Ball Indentation Hardness 30
Shore Hardness 62
Charpy Impact Strength notched kJ/m² 90P
Charpy Impact Strength unnotched kJ/m² 105
Thermal PropertiesUnitsASTMResults
Coefficient of Linear Thermal Expansion m/m(K.m) 200 x 10⁻⁶
Thermal Conductivity °C 0.40
Melting Temperature °C 135
Vicat softening temperature °C 82
Min. Servicing Temperature °C -150

NOTE: The property values presented above are typical values intended for reference and comparison purposes only. They should NOT be used as a basis for design specifications or quality control. Contact us for manufacturers’ complete material property datasheets. All values at 73°F (23°C) unless otherwise noted.


  • Wear strips
  • Guide rails
  • Corner wear bends
  • Chain guides
  • Bushes
  • Scrapers
  • Rollers
  • Idler wheels
  • Liners


  • FDA Approved
  • Metal detection
  • Impact resistant
  • Wear resistant
  • Good machinability
  • Low moisture absorption
  • FDA and EU 2002/EC Complian


NOTE: Several grades of this material are available. For additional information regarding this plastic, contact your Emco Industrial Plastics representative or call 973-862-4148.


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