Plastic Netting: Polypropylene, Nylon, Polyethylene, Polyester, & More
Plastic mesh can be produced from a variety of base resins. Polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP) offer versatility at a reasonable cost making them the two most popular resin choices for plastic netting.
Polypropylene is rugged and unusually resistant to many chemical solvents, bases and acids. Polyethylene is somewhat softer and more flexible than polypropylene. For more extreme environments polyester (PET) or polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) blends may be required. Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) offers both anti-stick and high temperatures features, but is only available in expanded mesh form in narrower roll widths.
Colorants and additives can be introduced during the extrusion process to produce distinct colors or properties such as stabilization against ultraviolet light degradation.
Plastic netting is often selected based on non-corrosive or chemical resistance characteristics.
Consult Material Specifications for recommended temperature ranges.
Polypropylene (PP) netting and rigid cores produced for some filtration applications are made from resin that complies with FDA regulations for food contact and USP Class VI for pharmaceuticals. The regulation compliance is product number dependant / specific. Nylon (N) netting is made from resin that complies with FDA regulations for food contact.