What is AS9100?

Craftech staff met with a consultant this week to learn about the qualification process for AS9100.  We began the certification process at the beginning of March.  This qualification process will build on the work we already did to become ISO 9001 certified.  In qualifying for AS9100, we will be proving that our products are high quality enough to be used in aviation and defense equipment.  Pretty exciting!  I’ll be sharing information with you, the reader, … Read more

Top 4 Chemical Resistant Plastics

Many common engineering applications call for fasteners made from chemical resistant plastics.  Not all plastics hold up well in extreme environments.  The engineer needs to be sure that his fasteners will last as long as the rest of his materials.  While you should always do testing to ensure that you make the right material for your specific application, there are certain chemical resistant plastics which tend to hold up well in most environments. … Read more

Why You ABSOLUTELY MUST TEST High Performance Plastics

Many customers come to Craftech with a need for fasteners made from high performance plastics that can stay strong even when exposed to multiple stress factors.  These stress factors include high and low temperatures, large torque or loads, and exposure to acidic or basic vapors, to name a few. While Craftech is always ready to provide guidance and support to engineers looking for the right high performance plastic, I cannot emphasize enough the importance of testing plastic parts in your application and environment.  … Read more

Top 5 Materials for Plastic Components: A Review

Plastic components come in many different flavors.   If you’re new to the world of plastic, sifting through the thousands of different plastic materials and grades may seem like a daunting task.  So to give you a jump start on the process, we’ve sampled the five most popular materials for plastic fasteners.
Here are our unflinching, open-eyed reviews:
1)     NYLON
Nylon components are some of the most popular available.Read more

6 Reasons You Should Make Plastic Hardware Your Valentine This Year

Plastic hardware? Metal hardware? Or hardware made from some exotic ceramic alloy?  With thousands of materials available, choosing the right one for your industry and project can be a confusing process.  How do you wade through all the options to ensure that you pick a material that gives you the best value?
While every kind of material can be useful depending on the application, at Craftech we’re a little partial to plastic hardware.  … Read more