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

What is CNC machining?

Today, it seems like every machine that once operated without the benefit of CNC machining has now been retrofitted with servo motors and some kind of programmable controller or computer. So how did parts get made before CNC (computer numerically controlled) machinery arrived on site?
Well, once upon a time, or shall we say 50 years ago or more, transistors did not exist. Then, in the early 60’s, transistor radios became more and more must-have gadgets.  … Read more

Metric Fasteners and the DIN Standard: An Introduction

Most metric fasteners are made to the DIN standard-but what does DIN stand for?
Much the same way the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was founded to promote U.S. voluntary standards and conformity for industry here in the U.S., the German counter-part, DIN, was established in 1917 in Berlin and has been adopted as the national standard by the German government. Originally founded as Normenausschuss der deutshen Industrie (NADI), the agency was formed to standardize German industrial practices and bring unity to the emerging German industrial machine. … Read more