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

Plastic Materials Close Up: Polyoxymethylene (POM), Acetal, Delrin®, and Celcon®

Polyoxymethylene (POM) is a thermoplastic materialalso known as acetal.  It is a molecule containing the functional group of carbon bonded to two –OR groups. POM was first discovered by German chemist Hermann Staudinger who won the 1953 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He had studied it in the 1920s but found it to be thermally unstable. DuPont synthesized a version and filed for patent protection of the homopolymer crediting R.N. MacDonald as the inventor. … Read more

How to Identify a Plastic Material Using the Burn Test

So you have a plastic part and you need to know what it is made of but you have no idea what plastic it is. This can be a challenging task. Many plastics look and feel alike but we will take a closer look here at some of the ways using a burn test. Please note, this test should be done in an industrial setting and not at home since proper safety protocol must be observed. … Read more

A Technical Look at Polymer Synthesis and Additives

Originally, plastic resins were made from vegetable matter including cellulose from cotton, furfural from oat hulls, oils from seeds and various starch derivatives. Bakelite (phenol formaldehyde resin), one of the first plastics made from synthetic components, was developed by Belgian born chemist Leo Backeland in New York in 1907. Bakelite is made through an elimination reaction of phenol with formaldehyde. It was originally lused for its electrical non-conductivity and heat-resistant properties in electrical insulators, … Read more