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Craftech's Plastic Fastener Bulletin

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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Top 7 Reasons Manufacturers Love Polycarbonate

Posted by Katie Gerard on Tue, Nov 11,2014 @ 11:43 AM

First commercially manufactured in the late 1950’s, polycarbonate is a high-strength plastic with many industrial applications due to its special properties.  The material has good electrical insulation properties and is heat-resistant.  Polycarbonate is so ubiquitous in part because it can be manufactured as clear as glass.  The plastic is stronger than glass and has only 1/6 the weight of glass-making it the preferred choice for many manufacturers. 

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Why Can't I Buy Plastic Razor Blades? On Sharpness and Plastics

Posted by Katie Gerard on Wed, Nov 05,2014 @ 11:45 AM

How come everything in a disposable razor is plastic except for the blade?  Can plastic ever be sharp?  In order to understand why plastic razor blades are not commercially available, we must first consider how sharpness is actually defined and how it works.  Let’s review what actually makes a blade sharp and then consider why plastic materials do not make suitable edges.

Here are the major issues you must consider when creating a razor blade:

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A Closer Look at Glass Fibers in Reinforced Plastic

Posted by Barbara Gerard on Mon, Oct 27,2014 @ 02:40 PM

As we discussed in our last post, reinforcing fibers are added to plastic resins to increase the tensile strength and flexural modulus of the composite as well as the heat deflection temperature of the plastic.  In this blog post, we will take a closer look at glass fibers.

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