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Abbreviations for the Plastic Industry

Abbreviations Name
ABS Acrylonitrile- Butadiene-Styrene
ANSI American National Standards Institute, Inc.
ASME American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
AWWA American Water Works Association
BE Belled End
BS British Standard
BSPP British Standard Pipe Thread Parallel
BSPT British Standard Pipe Thread Tapered
BTU British Thermal Unit
CAB Cellulose Acetate Butyrate
CFM Cubic Feet Per Minute
CPS Centipoise
CPVC Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride
CSA Canadian Standards Association
CSFM California State Fire Marshal
CTS Copper Tube Size
DOT Department of Transportation
DI De-ionized
DWG Drawing
DWV Drain, Waste, Vent
EPDM Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer
EVA Ethylene-Vinyl Acetate
FDA Food and Drug Administration
FEP Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene
FLG Flange
FLGD flanged
FM Factory Mutual
FNPT Female National Pipe Thread
FPM Fluorocarbon Rubber (Viton)
FPT Female Pipe Thread
VFRP Fiberglass-Reinforced Plastics
GPH Gallons Per Hour
GPM Gallons Per Minute
HDPE High Density Polyethylene
HP Horse Power
ID Inside Diameter
ISO International Standards Organization
IPS Iron Pipe Size
LED Light Emitting Diode
LDPE Low Density Polyethylene
LLDPE Linear Low Density Polyethylene
LPM Liters Per Minute
MDPE Medium Density Polyethylene
MNPT Male National Pipe Thread
MPT Male Pipe Thread
NEMA National Electrical Manufacturers Association
NPS National Pipe Size
NPSM American Standard Straight Mechanical Pipe Thread
NPT National Pipe Thread
NSF National Sanitation Foundation
OSHA Occupational Safety and Health Organization
OD Outside Diameter
PA Polyamide (nylon)
PB Polybutylene
PC Polycarbonate
PE Polyethylene
PE Plain End
PEEK Polyetheretherketone
PET/PETE Polyethylene Terephthalate
PETG Glycol modified Polyester Terephthalate
PEX Cross-linked Polyethylene
PFA Perfluoroalkoxy
PI Polyimide
PMMA Polymethyl Methacrylate (acrylic)
PMP Polymethyl Pentene
POM Polyoxymethylene (acetal)
PP Polypropylene
PPI Plastic Pipe Institute
PS Polystyrene
PSI Pounds Per Square Inch
PSIG Pounds Per Square Inch Gauge Pressure
PSU Polysulfone
PTFE Polytetrafluoroethylene
PU/PUR Polyurethane
PVC Polyvinyl Chloride
PVDF Polyvinylidene Fluoride
RMA Radio Frequency Interference
RPM Rotations Per Minute
SCH Schedule
SDR Standard Dimension Ratio
SG Specific Gravity
SLIP Female Socket
SOC Socket
SP Static Pressure
SPG Spigot
SS Stainless Steel
SSU Seconds Saybolt Universal
TEFC Totally Enclosed Fan Cooled
THD Thread
TOE Threaded One End
TPE Thermoplastic Elastomer
UHMW-PE Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene
UL Underwriters Laboratories
UNF Unified Fine Thread
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
UV Ultra Violet
XP Explosion Proof
Title: Abbreviations for the Plastic Industry
Description: A list of common abbreviations that are used in the plastics industry.
Published: 10/24/2007
Last Edited: 5/4/2012
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