A new addition to one of the world’s leading ranges of tough but outstandingly light high-flow engineering plastic liners is being introduced to Australia by Cut To Size Plastics Pty Ltd for uses such as bulk handling, automation and road, rail and port loading facilities.

The low-friction Wefapress Flex Line UHMWPE range from Cut To Size Plastics is typically eight times lighter than comparable steel liners used to curtail friction, wear and material flow challenges in diverse applications requiring no moisture absorption, outstanding chemical resistance and corrosion prevention.

The clean, easily handled product – part of a broader Wefapress Flex Cover range from Cut To Size Plastics – offers excellent impact resistance and has been particularly successful internationally in heavy duty mining, rail and transport applications, says Cut To Size Plastics Managing Director Mr Laurie Green.

“Flex Line is an ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) that has been chemically modified to further optimise the material for high wear resistance and outstanding sliding properties,” said Mr Green.

The dense, partly crosslinked UHMWPE, with a high 7-9.2 million g/mol molecular mass, can also be specified with anti-static and flame-retardant properties, enhancing its suitability for use in a number of potentially hazardous environments in the resources, transport and industrial infrastructure sectors.

Cut To Size Plastics staff have received world-class training in uses of Flex Line and other Flex Cover ranges in applications such as cargo troughs, truck and railway car liners, charging hoppers, bunkers, containers, bucket wheel excavators, transfer stations, wheel loaders, silos, belt scrapers and trough chain conveyors.

Flex Cover ranges are also used internationally in agricultural materials handling and minerals processing technologies and in processing cement, lime, gypsum, ceramics, glass, stones, soil and waste produced for disposal and recycling.

Technical staff at Cut To Size Plastics can draw on the company’s engineering plastics experience of more than 40 years to advise which product is best for particular applications or as a replacement for metals that is easier to handle, fit and replace.

“The easy handling of this light and clean but extremely tough material enhances OH&S during installation and maintenance operations, which is very important as the Christmas-New Year maintenance season approaches,” said Mr Green.

“The speed with which the Flex Cover range can be installed and removed is also a major time-saving advantage in installation and maintenance practices, optimising uptime and reducing delays where crews are working within tight time frames.”