Polylactic Acid (PLA) at Aline Components

Despite its name, Polylactic Acid is in the family of polyesters, composed of two main monomers: lactic acid and the cyclic di-ester, lactide. Widely known as PLA plastic, it is the second most commonly used bioplastic in the world. Formulated with specific attention to the environment, PLA plastic is derived from cornstarch or sugarcane and is designed to degrade back to its constituent components for a relatively benign environmental impact. As a biologically derived polymer, it is highly workable, and useful in situations where gradual dissolution is desirable. PLA plastic is often used for temporary fittings fasteners, plates, and other mechanical parts for the medical industry, and its biodegradable properties also make it useful for food packaging. The proliferation of its use in all types of industries is an indication of its effectiveness.

Benefits of Polylactic Acid (PLA)

As a low-temperature plastic, polylactic acid has a relatively lower melt point than high-performance plastics, and more research into the possibilities of increased temperature resistance is ongoing. In many respects, however, PLA plastic performs well in its dimensional stability and it can be crystallized to achieve more rigidity. While not designed for long life or high temperatures, the low cost and sustainability, combined with its ease of use, contribute to PLA plastic’s popularity.

More and more products are being designed to make use of polylactic acid properties, and new applications for this versatile material continue to emerge. Manufacturers for any number of industries have found PLA plastic to be the leading choice for plastic parts and, combined with state-of-the-art tooling and plastic injection molding technology the future for PLA plastic is quite bright.

 Polylactic Acid (PLA) and Aline Components

If you are designing plastic parts and want to collaborate with professionals in plastic manufacturing, Aline Components is an excellent choice. Aline Components is a leading provider of plastic injection molding services located just outside Philadelphia, and we have an extensive range of services available for plastic manufacturing, as well as the different types of plastic and the expert knowledge of their application. If you are designing components for a particular industry we can help you select the appropriate material. Give us a call to discuss the details: (215) 368-0300.