10 Great Reasons to Choose Plastic Bearings

For industries looking for aplastic engineering design approach that is cost-effective as well as innovative, plastic bearing may be the solution. 
The bearing industry leverages different materials for the manufacture of diverse bearing components and plastic is one of the most prominent among them. The plastic materials go through a series of processing so that the performance as well as life is maximized through obtaining desirable properties. … Read more

Plastic Manufacturing: Past, Present, and Future

History of Plastic Manufacturing
Plastics have indeed come a long way since their creation by Alexandre Parkes in the form of Parkesine, a cellulose based semi- synthetic thermoplastic substance. Although Parkesine gradually became obsolete owing to soaring development costs, plastic manufacturing continued unabated and the world witnessed the advent of synthetic resin, cellophane wrap, rayon fabric, polyethylene PVC (polyvinyl chloride), and many others. Soon, we were inundated with bottles, cups, … Read more

13 High Performance Plastics Used in the Automotive Industry

High performance plastics are playing an important role in the automotive industry these days.
The light weight of plastics makes for more fuel efficient vehicles.
It is estimated that every 10% reduction in vehicle weight results in a 5% to 7% reduction in fuel usage. Current economic and environmental concerns make the creation of more fuel efficient cars a top priority in the automotive industry. The use of modern materials like aluminum and carbon fiber are helpful, … Read more

Craftech’s Plastic Fasteners Used in Products for the Blind

A long time Craftech customer, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) in Louisville, KY has been making products for blind students since 1858. The company started with a single printing press that produced tactile books.  In 1879, the federal Act to Promote the Education of the Blind designated APH as the official source of educational texts and aids for legally blind students throughout the United States-a mandate which continues to the present. … Read more

10 American Inventions that Revolutionized Manufacturing

With July 4th just around the corner, I decided to do a list of American inventions that had a strong impact on manufacturing.  Happy 238th Birthday, USA!
Interchangeable Parts
Before interchangeable parts, machines were made from scratch and did not conform to any universal standard. This made both production and repair of machinery time consuming and difficult. Interchangeable parts in machinery were invented by Eli Whitney, most famous for his invention of the cotton gin.  … Read more