Scientific, Analytical, and Process Control Instrumentation

Plastic materials for demanding applications

Curbell Plastics supplies plastic sheet, rod, tubing, film, and fabricated plastic parts that are engineered to perform in demanding scientific and analytical equipment applications. Our high performance plastics are available in formulations that have the following characteristics.

Benefits of Plastics for Scientific and Analytical Equipment Applications Include:

  • Broad operating temperature range
    (cryogenic temperatures to extremely high temperatures)
  • Chemical resistance
  • Dimensional stability
  • Electrical insulating properties
  • FDA compliance
  • Flame retardant characteristics
  • Friction and wear performance
  • Low creep and low stress relaxation
  • Purity
  • Radiation resistance
  • Sealing characteristics
  • Stain resistance
  • Vacuum compatibility

Plastic Materials for Scientific and Analytical Equipment Applications



Outstanding strong, stiff, clear plastic available in a variety of brilliant colors and finishes.



High strength, stiff, low friction engineering plastic with good wear properties.



Low friction engineering plastic with outstanding chemical, high temperature, and weathering resistance.



High purity engineering plastic with excellent chemical, abrasion, and flame resistance.



Flexible fluoropolymer with outstanding chemical resistance and electrical properties.



Flexible fluoropolymer that performs well in extreme temperature and harsh chemical environments.

ETFE in varying shapes and sizes displayed next to one another


Plastic material with excellent mechanical strength, stiffness, and abrasion resistance.



Fluoropolymer with outstanding mechanical properties and dimensional stability.



Fluoropolymer with outstanding dimensional stability, mechanical properties, and temperature range.


G10/FR-4 Glass Epoxy

Glass/epoxy composite material with outstanding electrical properties.

KYDEX® Thermoplastic sheets in various colors stacked and fanned out

KYDEX® Thermoplastic Sheet

High impact, thermoplastic sheet that is tough, durable, and easy to form.



Strong, stiff plastic with outstanding chemical resistance; performs over a wide range of temperatures.



Transparent, strong and stiff thermoplastic with outstanding impact resistance.

two stacked sheets of white polypropylene


Low cost, chemical resistant plastic with excellent aesthetic qualities.



Strong, stiff, versatile low cost plastic material that is easy to fabricate, bond, and weld.


DuPont™ Vespel® Polyimide

Extremely high temperature creep resistant plastic with excellent friction and wear characteristics.



Extremely stong, stiff, dimensionally stable plastic material often used in elevated temperature environments.



High strength plastic with outstanding electrical and high service temperature properties.

Scientific and Analytical Equipment Plastic Applications

  • Accelerator components
  • Animal cages
  • Bearings and bushings
  • Centrifuge parts
  • Chromatography parts
  • Cryogenic equipment components
  • Electrical insulators
  • Electrophoresis equipment parts
  • Ferrules
  • Flow meters
  • Fume hoods
  • Glove boxes
  • Guards and windows
  • Housings
  • Manifolds
  • Mass spectrometer components
  • Microfluidics components
  • NMR (nuclear magnetic resonance) components
  • Sample holders
  • Sensor components
  • Tubing
  • Ultrasonic transducer parts
  • Valve seats and seals

Plastic Materials Typically Used in Scientific Test, and Process Control Instrumentation

Acetal (Delrin®)

Engineering plastic with low friction, good chemical resistance, and outstanding machining characteristics.


Transparent plastic for manifolds, splash guards, and windows.

Fluoropolymers (PTFE, PVDF, FEP, PFA, ETFE, ECTFE, and PCTFE)

Plastics with high operating temperatures, purity, stain resistance, and radiation resistance.

G-10/FR-4 Glass Epoxy

Rigid and strong composite material with outstanding dimensional stability. 

KYDEX® Thermoplastics

Thermoformable plastic sheet for equipment housings.


High performance polymer that can be used at high and low temperatures. Excellent chemical resistance, stain resistance, and radiation resistance. Friction and wear grades have outstanding wear performance.


Tough, transparent plastics for machine guards and windows.


Low cost machinable plastics with excellent chemical resistance. Easy to weld into benches and cabinets.


Chemically resistant plastic that is easy to fabricate and weld. Can be bonded with adhesives and solvent cements. Used for fume hoods, fluid handling systems, cabinets, and benches.

PAI (Torlon®)

Strong and stiff high performance polymer that can be used at elevated temperatures. Bearing grades have excellent friction and wear characteristics.

Ultem® PEI

Strong, stiff engineering plastic with outstanding electrical insulating properties. Good resistance to autoclave sterilization. Can be used at elevated temperatures.

DuPont™ Vespel® Polyimide

High performance polymer with excellent sealing characteristics. Can be used in extreme temperature environments. Friction and wear grades have outstanding wear properties.

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