Plastic Fasteners and the Danger of Static Electricity

When plastic fasteners rub against each other or the plastic bag they may be stored in, a static charge will develop.   This fact probably doesn’t surprise you, as most everyone is familiar with the everyday reality of static electricity.
Most of us will recognize electrostatic discharge (ESD) as a “shock” we get walking across a carpeted floor and touching a metal doorknob.  We have all experienced the static cling on a piece of clothing taken from the dryer.  … Read more

The Top 3 Plastic Additives for UV Stabilization

Over time, exposure to the UV radiation in sunlight will degrade plastics. Polymer photodegradation occurs when non-visible UV radiation made up of short wave lengths breaks down the polymer chains in plastics. This process results in the deterioration of physical properties such as loss of impact strength, changes in color, cracking,  loss of elongation and tensile strength or chalking of the surface. For example, garden chairs lose their gloss and become brittle, … Read more

The Past, Present, and Future of Plastic Recycling

At this point, most consumers are aware of the importance of plastic recycling. Plastic products are used extensively worldwide and constitute a threat to the environment once they have outlived their usefulness.
Now, you’re unlikely to see a lot of Craftech products clogging up landfills.  Craftech’s plastic fasteners are made to a very high technical standard and constitute only the tiniest fraction of plastic products being fabricated worldwide.  Much more common are plastic household appliances, … Read more

ANSI Standards: Everything You Need to Know

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was founded in 1919 as a private non-profit organization to promote U.S. voluntary standards and conformity for industry. Standardization became important at the onset of the industrial revolution with the development of standard products, interchangeable parts, and precision machine tools. Originally formed under the name American Engineering Standards Committee, the present name was adopted in 1969. Present day ANSI promotes standards and policy for everything from Nuclear Energy to homeland security. … Read more

Use of Plastic Materials in the Construction Industry

In past posts, we’ve highlighted some of the industries that currently use plastic materials, including the semiconductor, aerospace, marine, and urban planning industries.
In this post, we take a look at how the construction industry is using plastic materials and why.
Many construction companies are using plastic materials. The components used include everything from plastic screws and hinges to bigger plastic parts that are used in decoration, … Read more