Introduction to Plastics Materials Datasheets

This course is aimed at those who use plastics, buy in plastic components or design with these materials.

For most materials, technical data sheets are readily available, and these can be insightful to some, or terrifying to the uninitiated!

The aim is to  provide improved  insight  into what  data sheets tell us (and what they  don't)  and enable attendees to use that information with better understanding.

Attendees will learn:

  • What the properties mean and how to use them
  • How to compare one material with another
  • What data is relevant to their products
  • An appreciation of the need to consider data values in context
  • The limitations of datasheets

This course is ideal for:

  • Technical Designers
  • Project Engineers
  • QA Practitioners
  • Buyers/purchasers
  • Technical Sales Personnel
  • Moulding Technicians


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:

  • Thermal/mechanical
  • Mechanical
  • Physical
  • Electrical

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


29 Nov 2017 - 30 Nov 2017


Shropshire, United Kingdom

Training Course Category

Supported by IOM3

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Smithers Rapra
United Kingdom

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Smithers Rapra

+44 (0)1939 252312


Approved for Professional Development by IOM3