FaciliSafety Materials Guide

August 19, 2020

What are your products made of? It’s not something many often consider, but understanding the differences between materials can help you clean and maintain your products, as well as avoid potential damage caused by impacts, temperature changes, corrosion, or other general use.

 Powder-Coated Steel

Powder-Coated Steel
Steel always offers strength, but a powder-coated finish adds color and durability. The impact-resistant material is not affected by extremes in temperature and is highly corrosion resistant and easy to clean. Powder-coated finishes resist common chemicals and cleaning agents, and can be easily wiped clean with soap and water, making it ideal for dispensers in healthcare or industrial settings.

  • High strength
  • Impact resistance
  • High and lowtemperature resistance
  • Chemical resistance
  • Easily cleanable
  • Corrosion resistance

Powder-Coated Aluminum
This material creates durable, lightweight products that perform well in tough

environments. Powder-coated aluminum resists corrosion, chipping, and flaking, and although it’s lightweight, it’s still relatively high in strength. With a clean, bright, and attractive finish, it creates a professional appearance. It’s also impact resistant and is not affected by temperature extremes. 

  • High durability
  • Corrosion resistance
  • Impact resistance
  • High and lowtemperature resistance
  • Lightweight
  • High strength to weight ratio
  • Chip and flake resistance
  • Bright finish

    Acrylic is a transparent plastic material with outstanding strength, stiffness, and optical clarity. It’s up to 30 times stronger than glass and half the weight, making it both cost effective and safe. It stands up to outdoor environments better than other transparent plastics and bonds well with adhesives and solvents.

    • Excellent clarity
    • Lightweight
    • Good impact resistance
    • Outstanding thermal insulator
    • UV resistance
    • Easily heat formed

        PETG Plastic
        Need something a little tougher than acrylic? Copolyester (PETG) plastic is up to 15-20 times stronger than acrylic, with many of the same properties. PETG is made to withstand handling and reduce losses due to breakage, making it perfect for heavy-duty applications. It resists a variety of chemicals and commonly used cleaning agents, such as PDI wipes, and complies with FDA regulations for food contact.

        • High durability and strength
        • Good chemical resistance
        • High impact resistance
        • Good clarity
        • Easily formed, die-cut, and punched


              Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) is a material made from wood fibers that is strong, dense and stable. The exterior is a smooth, attractive surface, especially compared to plywood. It will not expand or contract, and is not affected by extremes in temperature. Products made of MDF are consistent in strength, and when sealed and painted, meet California Phase 2 compliance requirements. 

              • Consistent strength and stability
              • High and low temperature resistance
              • Elasticity
              • Paintable
              • Smooth appearance


              Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is an opaque plastic commonly used in computer keyboard components and LEGO bricks. It has many physical benefits that make it popular in a variety of products. It has good insulating properties, rigidity, weldability, abrasion and strain resistance, surface brightness, and impact resistance, even at low temperatures. It can come in a wide range of colors and finishes, which is ideal for manufacturing protective headgear and other plastic products. 

              • High rigidity
              • Goodimpact resistance (even at low temperatures)
              • Good insulating properties
              • Good weldability
              • Good abrasion and strain resistance
              • Strength and stability over time
              • High surface brightness



                Stainless Steel

                Stainless steel is highly resistant to corrosion and staining, making is an ideal solution for applications requiring the strength of steel and corrosion and temperature resistance. Stainless steel is also easy to fabricate, making it a popular choice for a wide variety of products. It holds up very well in both high and low temperatures, and in the ferritic variety of stainless steel, has magnetic properties. With a beautiful natural luster, it requires little maintenance to stay attractive. Lastly, because it is recyclable at the end of its long life span, stainless steel is environmentally friendly. 

                • High and lowtemperature resistance
                • Ease of fabrication
                • High Strength
                • Aesthetic appeal
                • Hygiene and ease of cleaning
                • Long life cycle
                • Recyclable
                • Lowmagnetic permeability

                Have a question about a material used in a FaciliSafety product? Drop us a line and we’d be happy to provide an answer or a product solution.

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