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Top 3 Industrial Uses for Nylon

 
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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.

10 American Inventions that Revolutionized Manufacturing

 
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With July 4th just around the corner, I decided to do a list of American inventions that had a strong impact on manufacturing.  Happy 238th Birthday, USA!

What is CNC machining?

 
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Today, it seems like every machine that once operated without the benefit of CNC machining has now been retrofitted with servo motors and some kind of programmable controller or computer.  So how did parts get made before CNC (computer numerically controlled) machinery arrived on site? 

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Metric Fasteners and the DIN Standard: An Introduction

 
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Most metric fasteners are made to the DIN standard-but what does DIN stand for?

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