Introduction to the different types of datasheets for plastic materials:
This section will describe the different types of datasheets commonly used in the polymer industry, i.e., Material Safety Datasheets - MSDS and Material Technical Datasheets - MTDS. The differences between Materials Datasheets and Product Datasheets will be discussed together with datasheets relevant to different industries, for example:
- Engineers multi point e.g. automotive under-bonnet etc.
- Processors - melt flow, machine settings, drying
- Medical & food contact – regulatory information
The Structure of a Materials Technical Datasheet (MTDS)
What does a MTDS comprise in terms of categories of properties and layout? In this section we will look at what we would expect to find on a Materials Technical Datasheet and what it is trying to tell us. Typical categories include:
Test Standards and Units
The different Test Standards and Units commonly used in MTDS will be discussed and how to consider them when comparing materials.
Review of Polymer Structure in relation to Material Properties
This section gives a brief overview of how the molecular and physical structure of polymers influences the datasheet values that are quoted.
Categories of relevance
We will consider how the information found on datasheets relates to the requirements of specific industry sectors, such as consumer products, automotive, medical, construction and others.
Reviewing specific data
This section will focus on the critical properties relating to durability, thermal capability and chemical resistance, typical data ranges and their relevance will be discussed.
Limitations of datasheets
In this section we will consider the constraints of datasheets in terms of their relevance to the performance of manufactured components in real-world applications.
Workshop exercises will be included to review and consolidate learning