5 Tips for Protecting Your Marine Hardware from Sunburn This Summer

As anyone who has left deck chairs out in the sun year after year knows, some plastics degrade in the sun over time and are inappropriate for use outdoors.  But don’t give up on plastic marine hardware! 

The right high performance plastic can actually outlast steel in environments where there is heavy exposure to UV light.  Choosing the proper material is key to developing marine hardware that won’t degrade with constant exposure.Read more

UL: Testing Plastic Components for Flammability

So let’s say you need your plastic components to be flame-resistant. 

Maybe you’re designing an engine or any kind of electrical system.  Maybe you’re trying to build better equipment for firefighters.  How can you tell that a plastic component will be flame-resistant?  Just as important, how will you know how long your plastic components will remain flame-resistant?  How much exposure can they take?
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a safety consulting and certification company headquartered in Northbrook,Read more

Multi-Material Plastic Hardware

Here at Craftech, we have a long history of working with a wide variety of materials to create plastic hardware that is catered specifically to your application.  Craftech’s plastic hardware comes in over 100 different high performance plastic materials.  We’ll even work in metal, wood, and ceramics if your project calls for it.  Over the years, we have found that some of our plastic hardware products actually perform best when more than one material is used in each part.  … Read more

Top 5 Materials for Plastic Bearings Used on Metal Surfaces

Plastic bearings are very popular for use on metal surfaces.  Plastics offer many advantages over other common bearing materials.  Plastics are extremely corrosive resistant and most are chemically resistant.   Plastic bearings do not transfer heat to other areas of the mechanical assembly.  Many plastics are even self-lubricating and therefore eliminate the possibility of failures from lack of maintenance.
Although many different types of plastics have properties which make them suitable for bearing applications, … Read more

Improving Quality Control with the Deming Cycle

Continuing our series on quality control systems, this blog post will focus on the system known as the Deming cycle.  Originally developed by Dr. W. Edwards Deming in the mid-1900’s, the Deming cycle is also known as the Shewhart cycle, the control circle or cycle, or plan-do-study-act (PDSA).
The Deming cycle is a four-step management method used in business for the quality control and continuous improvement of processes and products.  The system is used as the basis criteria for many quality control certificates, … Read more