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Plastic Material POM
Plastic Material POM

POM (Polyacetal or Polyoxymethylene)


Acetals have a low coefficient of friction and good dimensional stability. This makes it ideal for use in gears and bearings. Due to its high temperature resistance, it is used in plumbing (valve and pump housings), and lawn equipment.

Injection Moulding Processing Conditions:

DryingGNot usually required but resin should be stored in a dry atmosphere.

Melt TemperatureG190-230J for homopolymer; 190-210 for copolymer.

Mould TemperatureG80-105J (higher mould temperatures are preferred for precision moulding which reduce post-moulding shrinkage).

Injection PressureG70-120 MPa.

Injection RateGMedium - High.

Runners and Gates

Any type of gate may be used. When using tunnel gates, the short type is preferred. Insulated, hot tip runners are preferred for homopolymers; both internally and externally heated hot runners may be used in the case of copolymers.

Chemical and Physical Properties

Acetals are tough, resilient materials and exhibit good creep resistance, dimensional stability, and impact resistance even at low temperatures. Acetal resins are either homopolymers or copolymers. Homopolymers have better tensile strength, fatigue resistance and hardness but are difficult to process. Copolymers have better thermal stability, chemical resistance and processibility. Both homopolymers and copolymers are crystalline and have low moisture absorption.

Copolymers may be used continuously at air temperatures up to 100oC; homopolymers have slightly higher temperature resistance. Many grades of acetal resins are available, tailored to different applications.

High crystallinity levels of acetals lead to relatively high shrinkage levels of 0.02
0.035 mm/mm. Differential shrinkage is observed with reinforced grades.