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Five Plastics Finder Tips to Search Like a Pro

Five Plastics Finder Tips to Search Like a Pro

Ron Jensz
Global Product Data Manager for DSM Engineering Materials

Within the world of engineering plastics, finding the right plastic for demanding technical applications can be a challenge. You can spend hours searching for proven applications, data sheets and technical specifications.

To help customers and the industry overcome this challenge, DSM Engineering Materials recently launched plasticsfinder.com. In Plastics Finder, users can easily search technical details and application examples for more than 550 unique plastic grades in one easy and mobile-friendly website.

We’d like to share five pro tips and tricks to quickly find the right information in Plastics Finder:

1. Filters are your friend

Type any search term into the search bar on the Plastics Finder homepage to start your search. Once you reach the search results page, you can choose to limit your search to products, applications or both. The search can be further narrowed by polymer family, processing technology, characteristics, automotive OEM specifications, and more.

2. Download the details

Scroll to the download section of a product page to access product data sheets, injection molding recommendations, quality documents and other product overview materials. Industry-specific overview materials and videos are available on the application pages.

3. Compare and contrast

To access a side-by-side comparison of general information, rheological properties, mechanical properties, thermal properties and other technical details, return to the search results page and choose “products’’ in the filter results toolbox.

Select the products to compare using the checkbox for each relevant product search result on the page. To load the side-by-side comparison, click the “compare selection” button at the top of the page (appears as a ribbon with the number of selected products on mobile devices).

4. Grades on a curve

When you are viewing a side-by-side product comparison, click the “curve overlay” button at the top of the page to generate a graph comparing test data (e.g., stress-strain) at various temperatures. Simply click the available temperature boxes to modify the results.

5. Ask a friend

Do you have a technical question, need a sample or a quote? Never hesitate to use the “contact us” button at the top of the screen. Our team is always here to help!

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ron Jensz

Global Product Data Manager for DSM Engineering Materials

Ron Jensz is the Global Product Data Manager for DSM Engineering Materials and leads the team responsible for Plastics Finder. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with more than 20 years of experience working in technical research and project management. He earned his bachelor’s degree in medical and biological research. Outside of DSM, Ron enjoys spending time with his family, swimming, darts and staying active in the gym.

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