Why Plastics Are the Future of Automotive Hardware

As the automotive industry recovers from the troubled economy of the past few years, plastics are playing a very important role in the formation of automotive hardware. In North America and globally, new technology in plastic materials is opening new doors in safety, comfort, and savings in energy efficiency.
The innovative use of plastics and plastic composites is driving a revolution in the capabilities of automotive hardware. The automotive hardware plastics industry is poised to accelerate the development of innovative products, … Read more

5 Tips for Protecting Your Marine Hardware from Sunburn This Summer

As anyone who has left deck chairs out in the sun year after year knows, some plastics degrade in the sun over time and are inappropriate for use outdoors.  But don’t give up on plastic marine hardware! 
The right high performance plastic can actually outlast steel in environments where there is heavy exposure to UV light.  Choosing the proper material is key to developing marine hardware that won’t degrade with constant exposure. … Read more

UL: Testing Plastic Components for Flammability

So let’s say you need your plastic components to be flame-resistant. 
Maybe you’re designing an engine or any kind of electrical system.  Maybe you’re trying to build better equipment for firefighters.  How can you tell that a plastic component will be flame-resistant?  Just as important, how will you know how long your plastic components will remain flame-resistant?  How much exposure can they take?
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is a safety consulting and certification company headquartered in Northbrook,Read more

Multi-Material Plastic Hardware

Here at Craftech, we have a long history of working with a wide variety of materials to create plastic hardware that is catered specifically to your application.  Craftech’s plastic hardware comes in over 100 different high performance plastic materials.  We’ll even work in metal, wood, and ceramics if your project calls for it.  Over the years, we have found that some of our plastic hardware products actually perform best when more than one material is used in each part.  … Read more

Top 5 Materials for Plastic Bearings Used on Metal Surfaces

Plastic bearings are very popular for use on metal surfaces.  Plastics offer many advantages over other common bearing materials.  Plastics are extremely corrosive resistant and most are chemically resistant.   Plastic bearings do not transfer heat to other areas of the mechanical assembly.  Many plastics are even self-lubricating and therefore eliminate the possibility of failures from lack of maintenance.
Although many different types of plastics have properties which make them suitable for bearing applications, … Read more