What is UHMW Polyethylene Used for?

UHMW Polyethylene is an exceptionally durable, non-toxic material used for a variety of applications, including food and beverage production. With advanced corrosion resistance, this high-performance plastic can handle various acids, alkalis, organic solvents and more. DP West is a premier source for plastic machining services, with advanced capabilities in producing custom parts out of UHMW plastic. For customers not requiring custom solutions, we have an array of stock UHMW sheets, rods, and strips to suit an array of needs. To help you make the most informed purchasing decision possible, here are some of the most common parts and applications you will see this polyethylene used.

Conveyor Sprockets

Commonly used in food and beverage production, along with various pieces of agricultural and forestry equipment, plastic conveyor sprockets are a common part that can be ordered in stock or custom configurations. These parts must withstand various manufacturing conditions like shock, pressure, and temperature extremes, while also maintaining great longevity. UHMW plastic’s chemical characteristics make it an ideal choice for these requirements.


Used in countless production and industrial manufacturing applications, gears require exceptional dimensional precision to maximize their performance and longevity in a given application. Our custom machining capabilities, paired with a great selection of robust materials like UHMW and other high-caliber plastics make us a smart investment for producing your most valuable parts.

Combining Great Capabilities and Production Capacity

DP West has a great array of plastic machining services available for companies looking for advanced capabilities and large-scale production capacities that can meet strict timelines. Our team of professionals are committed to offering all our customers a combination of expert, assistance and top-quality components. The preferred supplier for many companies throughout Washington, we offer consistently high-grade products that serve companies for years to come. To find out more about what we can do, or to tell us what you’re looking for, call us at (800) 295-7660.