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Belt Cleats and Their Uses

When your application requires continuous transport of free-flowing materials, nonconformities like rollbacks, spillages, and blockages can hinder production throughput. Belt cleats, however, give your conveyor system the extra grip needed to move product from one activity to the next.

Belt cleats are used to convey material during inclines or declines, and to prevent product rollback. Also,…

Plastics Will One Day Be 100% Recyclable

Mass production of plastics has increased so rapidly that more than 8.3 billion metric tons have been created in the last six decades. Much of it comes in the form of hard-to-recycle products that accumulate in landfills, are incinerated, or discarded in natural environments.

Light yet durable, plastic is great – until it’s no longer needed. Because plastics contain numerous additives…

Tolerances in Plastic Extrusions Lesson 101

What is a tolerance? Simply speaking, it is the amount or measure of room given from the dimensional ideal. Often, the dimensions of a product will fluctuate, which allows for tolerances to be determined at +/- measurements. Tolerances are essential in manufacturing processes because they allow room for variability in the part’s dimensions (thickness, length, and width of parts can all be affected).…

The Wonderful World of Plastics

Check the shelves of your local mega-store and you’ll be hard-pressed to find a product that doesn’t have a plastic component. Since the introduction of Bakelite in 1907, plastics have become essential materials for manufacturers of all product types. Synthetic plastics are found in home exteriors, car interiors, clothing, product packaging, toys, tools, medical components and electronics. Lightweight,…

Going Green With Plastics

The most desirable properties of plastics—their durability and resistance to environmental degradation—are also their biggest drawbacks. Environmentalists have long worried that plastic waste is taking over the planet, clogging landfills and polluting the ocean. Now, worldwide attention to environmental health and sustainability has given rise to a new group of plastics and improved efforts…

A History of Modern Plastic Products

Though humans have used natural polymers like horn, rubber and cellulose for centuries, the modern history of plastics began in 1907 with the patenting of Bakelite, a petroleum-based synthetic. During the next three decades, foundational modern plastics emerged as versatile, pale-colored materials produced from petrochemical processes.

With the advent of World War II and a scarcity of natural…

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