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Craftech’s Plastic Fasteners Hit the Road! Trade Show Schedule

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I’m pleased to announce that Craftech is scheduled to exhibit its plastic fasteners at three trade shows here in the US in the next six months.  These shows are your chance to see our plastic hardware in person, pick up some cool free swag, and ask us as many questions as you like! 

The 5 Most Common Mistakes People Make with Plastic Fasteners

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There’s nothing more frustrating than purchasing plastic fasteners and having them fail after you install them in your application.  Plastic can fail in a multitude of ways, from cracking, creeping and deforming to fading.  Different kinds of plastics are vulnerable to a wide array of elements, including UV rays, processing chemicals, water and saltwater, and more.  Unlike metal, which bends before breaking, giving the user a warning that the part needs to be replaced, plastic fasteners will snap if they are put under too much pressure.

An Introduction to the Ultrasonic Welding of Plastics

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Ultrasonic welding is a method of bonding together two parts made of the same or chemically compatible materials using high frequency ultrasonic vibrations that create a solid state weld between them. The advantage of ultrasonic welding plastics is that within seconds a high strength, gas and water tight bond is formed without screws, glue, threads, solder or any other type of bonding material.  Parts that have been welded do not need to be left in a jig for curing, making them immediately useable in an automation line.   The ultrasonic welding of plastics is an eco-friendly process that consumes very little energy while producing a cost effective, permanent, and clean weld.  The process is used in the electrical, computer, automotive, aerospace, medical, and packaging industries, to name a few. 

Top 3 Commercial Uses for Nylon


One of the most popular plastics available today, Nylon was first patented in 1935 by Wallace Carruthers, a scientist working for Dupont®.  Nylon is a thermoplastic made from petrochemicals. It is a semi-crystalline plastic, that it has both amorphous (unstructured) as well as crystalline (structured) regions.  When heat is applied it does not begin to slowly melt like amorphous resins, rather it stays firm until it reaches its melting point and then melts all at once.  Nylon has a relatively high melting temperature of 256°C/450°F.

The Best Plastic Materials for High Friction Applications

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“The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.”-Frances E. Willard

A Beginner's Guide to Fiber Reinforced Plastics (FRP's)

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Fiber reinforced plastic (FRP), also known as fiber reinforced polymer, is in fact a composite material constituting a polymer matrix blended with certain reinforcing materials, such as fibers. The fibers are generally basalt, carbon, glass or aramid; in certain cases asbestos, wood or paper can also be used.

10 Great Reasons to Choose Plastic Bearings

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For industries looking for a plastic engineering design approach that is cost-effective as well as innovative, a plastic bearing may be the solution. The bearing industry leverages different materials for the manufacture of diverse bearing components and plastic is one of the most prominent among them. The plastic materials go through a series of processing so that the performance as well as life is maximized through obtaining desirable properties. They have the capability to make products run more efficiently, quietly and smoothly. Moreover, the maintenance cost is also low compared to the conventional ones that are made of steel. In fact, there are a number of good reasons why businesses should choose plastic bearings. Let us have a look at them.

Plastic Manufacturing: Past, Present, and Future

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History of Plastic Manufacturing

13 High Performance Plastics Used in the Automotive Industry

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High performance plastics are playing an important role in the automotive industry these days.  The light weight of plastics makes for more fuel efficient vehicles.  It is estimated that every 10% reduction in vehicle weight results in a 5% to 7% reduction in fuel usage.  Current economic and environmental concerns make the creation of more fuel efficient cars a top priority in the automotive industry.  Some other advantages of high performance plastics used in transport vehicles include:

Craftech's Plastic Fasteners Used in Products for the Blind

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A long time Craftech customer, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, KY has been making products for blind students since 1858.  The company started with a single printing press that produced tactile books.  In 1879, the federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind designated APH as the official source of educational texts and aids for legally blind students throughout the United States-a mandate which continues to the present.

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