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Material Handling Wear Strips and Components

Wear strips must be abrasion resistant and have a long wear life. Choose Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMW) from Piedmont Plastics for wear strips and material handling needs.


Material handling processes often utilize machinery with many moving parts. After time, the points of contact between moving parts can wear down and cause disruptions in the workflow. Wear strips and components act as a sacrificial link in the system to prevent damage to the critical components of the equipment.

Wear strips and components are often made of plastic, which provides protection from surface marring and scratching, noise reduction between mating parts, and elimination of slipping and sticking amid sliding parts. One of the most common plastic materials used in wear strip applications is UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene). UHMW’s unique properties including high impact/abrasion resistance, self-lubrication, long wear life and ease of machining make it ideal for this application. Wear strips and components are resistant to corrosion and chemicals and able to keep moving parts free of external grease and lubricants. Wear strips and components are commonly used with bearings, slides, gears, cams, bushings, and rollers.

Piedmont Plastics stocks a large variety of materials for wear strips and components, including UHMW in a wide variety of thicknesses and sheet sizes. The team at Piedmont is knowledgeable in all of our product offerings and can help you choose the best materials for your project. For more challenging applications where the standard materials just won't do, our team of experts will work closely with you to find the best solutions.