Creep in Plastic Materials

In material sciences, creep is sometimes referred to as cold flow. In this regard, the difference between plastics and other materials is that plastics display time-dependent viscoelastic behavior. Viscoelastic behavior is the property of a material to display both viscous and elastic characteristics when undergoing deformation. It can result from long-term exposure to high levels of stress that are still beneath the yield strength or yield point of the material. The yield strength or yield point of a material is the property defined as the stress at which that material begins to deform permanently. … Read more

How Are Plastics Playing a Role at Tesla’s Gigafactory?

Entrepreneur Elon Musk’s vision for mass produced, affordable electric vehicles has driven Tesla Motors to build the Gigafactory outside of Reno, Nevada. This approximately $5 billion factory is designed to manufacture the batteries needed to support mass produced electric vehicles. In order to realize this vision, plastics will be used throughout the factory both in the batteries and the machines used to produce them.
Battery Separators
Lithium batteries are at the heart of Tesla’s electric vehicles and at the crux of the Gigafactory’s purpose for being. … Read more

Metal Detectable Plastics in the Food Industry

You are eating a hot dog or digging into a carton of your favorite ice cream. You don’t even think there could be a piece of plastic or metal or just small particles of these materials in there- broken or worn off from the machinery and tools used to get your favorite foods to your grocers’ shelves. But many of the food processing machines and tools used to provide food products have plastic parts in them or are made of plastics. … Read more

Three Innovative Plastic Designs in Agriculture

Innovations in the agricultural industry are important for future generations and are enabling
communities all over the world to meet the demand for food. Both in novel and technical ways, plastic designs are helping lead the way in agricultural innovation. Examples include rotomolded beehives beehives, injection molded spray nozzles, and plastic reservoir systems.
Rotomolded Beehive
Bees are integral players in honey production, but they are typically utilized in rural settings rather than urban ones, … Read more

Announcement: Craftech is Now PPAP Levels 1-5 Capable

 
Craftech Industries, Inc. is pleased and proud to announce the added capability of quoting and producing parts with customer specified PPAP Level I, II, III, IV, and V paperwork.  It took a team effort at Craftech to implement and respond to the requirements of the Production Part Approval Process as it pertains to the plastic fasteners we produce. We saw a customer need for providing this quality standard and decided to meet it. … Read more