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The Plastics Industry vs. Mrs. Robinson: A Review of "The Graduate"

Posted by Katie Gerard on Mon, Feb 23,2015 @ 01:47 PM

In the 1967 classic film, the Graduate, recent college graduate, Ben is receiving career advice from many of his father’s friends and Mr. McGuire offers the famous line – “I have just one word for you, Ben.” Working in the plastics industry, I hear that line quoted pretty often.

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How to Choose the Best Plastic Manufacturing Supplier

Posted by Guest on Wed, Feb 04,2015 @ 01:42 PM

Plastics are greatly in demand nowadays.  Many industries, including medical, aerospace, marine, and construction may use plastic components or even raw plastic resins in the manufacture of their products.  In order to ensure a steady supply source, it is important to cultivate a strong relationship with a competent plastic manufacturer.  If you are a purchaser, you probably understand well the importance of securing high quality product in a timely and cost efficient manner.

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Put Down That Glue! 10 Powerful Plastic Welding Techniques

Posted by Guest on Tue, Jan 27,2015 @ 03:58 PM

A lot of our readers are interested in learning about the sometimes-tricky world of plastic adhesives and plastic welding.  While picking the right plastic adhesive can make you wish you’d majored in chemistry, welding is arguably the better method for fusing two plastic components.  It tends to be more effective than using glue and can be done quickly and cheaply if you have the right tools. 

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Topics: plastic welding

Why the Aerospace Industry Loves Plastic Materials

Posted by Guest on Wed, Jan 21,2015 @ 04:05 PM

Commercial flights would be a lot more expensive and modern warfare jets would pose less threat to the enemy without plastic materials. Since 1970, the use of aerospace plastics has quadrupled.  Interior components (like overhead bins), components for navigational and propulsion functions, and structural elements can all be made out of plastic components.  Military aircraft also benefit from the use of plastics. They make aircraft lighter, which extends flight range and helps the jet to evade radar detection. 

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Top 5 Reasons for Using ECTFE (Halar®) in Corrosive Environments

Posted by Guest on Wed, Jan 14,2015 @ 12:19 PM

Ethyelene Chlorotrifluoroethylene, marketed and sold under the trademark name Halar® ECTFE, is a fluorinated plastic. Developed for chemical resistance in corrosive applications and introduced in 1970, this polymer is used in many industries requiring resistance to corrosion.  Here are the top 5 reasons why!

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Plastic Wear: What Causes It and How to Avoid It

Posted by Guest on Tue, Jan 06,2015 @ 03:22 PM

Plastic wear, like friction, is a complex phenomenon. It takes place as two surfaces slide or roll against each other and the forces of relative motion gradually remove material.  Two common wear mechanisms are adhesion and abrasion. Adhesive wear occurs when mating surfaces slide against each other and fragments of one surface dislodge and adhere to the other. In a lubricated material, the resulting debris forms a fine powder on the mating surface. This is the primary wear mechanism for thermoplastics in rubbing contact.

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Topics: plastic wear

20 of the Punniest Engineering Puns You Can Find

Posted by Katie Gerard on Thu, Dec 18,2014 @ 04:35 PM

Are you rushing around, trying to get everything done before the holidays next week?  Let these engineering jokes take the edge off.  We’ve assembled a list of the punniest puns we could find with engineering professionals in mind.*  Enjoy!

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The Pultrusion Process: Manufacturing Fiber Reinforced Polymers

Posted by Guest on Tue, Dec 09,2014 @ 03:11 PM

The Pultrusion Process*

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Top 5 Acid Resistant Plastics

Posted by Katie Gerard on Tue, Nov 25,2014 @ 02:39 PM

Many of our customers ask for information on acid resistant plastics.  So here are the top five for all around acid resistance.  Be sure to check out the chemical resistance chart at the bottom of this article.

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Engineering Can Save Lives! Top Construction Engineering Disasters

Posted by Katie Gerard on Wed, Nov 19,2014 @ 12:07 PM

Do you ever feel like your engineering or construction job is unimportant?  Overrated?  Let me convince you otherwise by presenting just a handful of the disasters caused by industrial and civil engineering failures in American history.  These disasters prove just how life-saving your profession can be. 

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