Wear-Resistant UHMWPE Material for Conveying and Sliding Applications

Murdotec Kunststoffe GmbH & Co. KG

Industrial operations that involve production lines require materials with a unique set of properties to maintain a continuously functioning process. The beverage industry is no stranger to such operations, as it demands special materials for its filling lines with particular properties like wear resistance, anti-adhesion, and shock absorption. Here, we present an exceptional, ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) material, called Murdotec® 1000 black AST, as a material of choice for such applications. We especially highlight how one winery has adopted this technical thermoplastic into all its filling lines.

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Ideal material for beverage conveyor systems

In Zell, Germany, a large winery that exports beverages to over 35 countries has landed the opportunity to use an ideal material for its format sets on the production line as part of an important maintenance project. Supplied by a thousand winegrowers, this winery required complex-shaped format sets that allowed for different bottle shapes and faster delivery.

As part of the process, the winery began taking into consideration the different factors that can influence their material selection. Their communication with Murdotec Kunststoffe made their decision making much easier with Murdotec’s engineering assistance and valuable advice.

Murdotec Kunststoffe is a supplier of technical thermoplastics, particularly UHMWPE. They manufacture a huge variety of complete format sets specifically made for the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. These include conveying screws, conveyor star wheels, and sliding return channel components.

Considering the required material properties to enable format sets at different stages of the production line to function continuously, the winery selected the UHMWPE Murdotec® 1000 black AST due to its exceptional features, particularly its wear resistance, chemical inertness, and high impact resistance.

Despite its compliance with the FDA and EU’s regulations for food contact materials, there was no need to consider this aspect here as there was no contact between the foodstuff and the material itself. The contact remained at the level of the bottles in all format sets in the rinser, filler, corker, capper, capsule applicator and labeller equipment. In addition, Murdotec® 1000 black AST provided protection against potential electric charging during labelling thanks to its antistatic properties and against possible UV light due to its UV stability.

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What is UHMWPE?

Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) is a polyolefin material with long chains of polyethylene (PE) that provide sufficient strength, fracture toughness, and impact resistance. This low-density plastic exhibits chemical and surface properties that are not as common in high-performance polymers. It is highly resistant to water and moisture with an extremely low friction coefficient and excellent wear behaviour, not to mention its insulation properties against heat and electricity.

This enabled UHMWPEs to be materials of choice in multiple industries, including the food industry, electrical engineering, transportation and conveyor technologies.

A closer look at Murdotec® 1000 black AST

Murdotec® 1000 black AST is an exceptional UHMWPE with antistatic properties, perfect for applications requiring high mechanical and sliding properties. With a molecular weight of 5,000 kg/mol, quality approval by the FDA and the EU, and compliance with ATEX 95, this material is quite ideal for conveyor systems, sliding applications, bearings, control discs, and food/beverage filling equipment. It is available as semi-finished products in sheet, pre-cut parts, and rod forms.

The table below shows the key properties of Murdotec® 1000 black AST.

Murdotec® 1000 black AST (UHMWPE)

Key characteristics

Very high shock and impact absorption

Good anti-adhesion properties

Good resistance to chemicals

Good machinability

Statically dissipative

High wear and abrasion resistance

General properties

Coefficient of friction


Density at 23.0 °C

0.94 g/cm3

Moisture absorption at 23.0 °C

0 %

Mechanical properties

Elastic modulus at 23.0 °C

0.7 GPa

Elongation at 23.0 °C

300 %

Impact strength, Charpy notched at 23.0 °C

170 kJ/m2

Thermal properties

Coefficient of thermal expansion at 23.0 °C

2 x 10-4 1/K

Melting point

130 - 135 °C

Service temperature range

-200 °C - 90 °C

Electrical properties

Surface resistivity at 23.0 °C

1 x 109 Ω/sq

Volume resistivity at 23.0 °C

1 x 106 Ω/cm


Who is Murdotec Kuntstoffe?

Murdotec Kunststoffe is a trusted supplier and manufacturer of technical thermoplastics based on polyethylene (PE). They enhance the quality of their PE materials, particularly HMWPE and UHMWPE, via sophisticated recipes that help boost the material properties.

​​Based in Germany, they provide their customers with semi-finished products and advise them on how to best use those products.


Today, Murdotec Kunststoffe have partnered with Matmatch to bring their materials and services one step closer to engineers and product developers searching for high-quality polyethylenes with distinct properties, such as self-lubrication. Their materials are available in sheet and rod forms and have the required quality, safety, and sustainability certifications (ISO 9001:2015, ISO 50001, ISO 14001:2015).

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Murdotec plastics

Technical plastics for machine construction

Murdotec plastics develops and produces thermoplastics at the most demanding of quality levels.

Highest demands in production and consulting
Everything at Murdotec revolves around polyethylenes. These are subdivided into groups with defined minimum requirements for better distinction and have been named HD-PE, HMW-PE and UHMW-PE.

As a manufacturer based in Germany, we are able to guarantee that our semi-finished products are of the highest quality – thanks to the targeted choice of selected raw materials as well as continuous monitoring during production and the composition of recipes.

We advise our customers in choosing the semi-finished products that offer the desired properties that will suit their needs. But our work does not end with the shipping of the ordered goods. We will work with you on request to develop individual solutions and advise you on the best way to use our semi-finished products.

Top-quality PE
Murdotec only uses HMW-PE- and UHMW-PE-group polyethylene. The quality of a UHMW-PE as per ISO 15527 is largely guaranteed by the basic material and processing parameters. Murdotec significantly improves this quality by using sophisticated recipes from its own laboratory to considerably enhance the plastics’ properties. In addition, EC regulations define application limits by requiring certification as per Regulations (EC) No. 1935/2004 and 10/2011 for plastics that come into contact with foods that have not yet been packaged, for example.

We rely on such innovative production technologies as the latest computer-controlled and monitored press lines and environmentally-safe raw-material handling.

The result is an extensive product range consisting of sheets, pre-cut parts, and rods. Whatever the sector – machine construction, conveyor technology, lining and bulk material handling or the paper, food, or forestry industries – we’ve got the right type of plastic for you!

Suitable plastics for every sector and application

5 reasons for UHMW-PE and HMW-PE from Murdotec

Our technical UHMW-PE materials Murdotec® 1000, and Murdotec® 2000, our technical HMW-PE material Murdotec® 500, and our plastics in the LM family – which are approved for use in the food industry – are even better than semi-finished products as per ISO 15527. Why?

  • We only use carefully selected raw materials from renowned suppliers.
  • The particle size, particle size distribution, and molecular weight are constantly monitored by our incoming material inspection team.
  • Our computer-controlled press lines guarantee optimum heating, pressing, and cooling down phases.
  • Through exact compliance with the processing parameters, we ensure a constant production of semi-finished products with a very low level of internal stress.
  • Fully-automated mixing lines allow us to supply precisely reproducible material types with clearly defined characteristics.

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Here’s what you need to know about our company:

Established in: 2001

Managing Directors: Detlev Höhner, Andreas Balla, Felix Tilse

Headquarters: Dortmund (North Rhine-Westphalia), Germany

Workforce: 50

Turnover: approx. € 15 million

Products / processes: Development, production and sale of thermoplastics (UHMW-PE/PE 1000 and HMW-PE/PE 500), pressed semi-finished products, technical construction plastics

Sectors: Machine construction and plant engineering, construction industry, automotive industry, medical engineering, aerospace industry, oil production, electrical engineering and many other fields of industry.

Production location: Dortmund




Premium PE plastics

Industrial PE for top quality requirements

Premium plastics by Murdotec® offer more than a standardised UHMW-PE. They are characterised by their extremely good resistance to chemicals, really high impact strength, and low weight. Are you looking for a versatile technical plastic? We can offer the right solution.

Murdotec® 1000 coloured

Ultra-high molecular polyethylene (UHMW-PE) as per ISO 15527, sheet group 1.2

Murdotec® 1000 coloured, our UHMW-PE, is ideally suited for use where good wear and abrasion resistance along with excellent slide properties are required. This material also has excellent machining properties.

With a molecular weight of around 5 million g/mol, this plastic always meets top quality requirements and is also approved by the EU and FDA.

This material is quickly available in lots of RAL colours.


Murdotec® 500 natural

High molecular polyethylene (HMW-PE) as per ISO 15527, sheet group 2.1

Murdotec® 500 natural, our HMW-PE, is particularly suited for use in the food sector. This material has a molecular weight of around 500,000 g/mol and is characterised by extremely good cut resistance at the same time as having good slide properties. This plastic also has high wear resistance.

Manufactured using state-of-the-art presses, this material ensures top quality, and is approved by the EU and FDA.


Murdotec® 2000 black AST

Ultra-high molecular polyethylene (UHMW-PE) as per ISO 15527, sheet group 1.1

Murdotec® 2000 black AST, our UHMW-PE with antistatic properties, is the right plastic if you need particularly good wear resistance. In environments where the material is exposed to extremely high stresses and antistatic properties are required, Murdotec® 2000 Black AST is the ideal choice.

Thanks to its molecular weight of 9 million g/mol, it has an even higher abrasion resistance than Murdotec® 1000.




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