We are proudly serving but are certainly not limited to the following markets:
Oil and Gas – (Equipment Manufacturing, Exploration, Drilling, Fracking, Refining, and Processing) From initial exploration, to downhole operations, to natural gas processing, the harsh conditions and demands of the typical oil and gas environment span the entire range of engineering plastics. Impact and wear resistant materials such as Acetal (Delrin), UHMW, and Nylon are commonly found in seismic, topside, and marine applications. For the harshest of environments, high performance plastics such as PEEK and PTFE are commonly used as high temperature seal rings, bushings, bearings, valve plates and seats, as well as frac balls. At the other end of the spectrum, materials such as G10 are used in cryogenic applications commonly found with natural gas processing.
Chemical Processing – Also considered a harsh environment, the chemical processing plants of North America are commonly known to use families of plastics with superior chemical resistance and high temperature characteristics. Materials such as PVC, CPVC, PFA, PTFE, and HDPE are all common components for fluid handling applications such as flanges, couplings, seals, valve seats, and gaskets.
Power Generation and Electronics – The incredible electrical insulation properties of many plastics make them the choice for power generation and electrical components worldwide. Materials such as PEEK, G10, Ultem, and Vespel are commonly found as housings, spacers, bobbins, and standoffs in electrical and transformer related applications. Power generation and control cabinets often require high voltage insulation materials such as GPO-3 or Glastic. This material can be easily fabricated and is typically found in bus bar supports, switchgear, and as electrical standoffs or spacers.
Food and Beverage Processing – Many of today’s engineering plastics now meet the approval of FDA requirements for food and beverage processing. Materials such as natural nylon, HDPE, UHMW, PTFE, polycarbonate, PEEK, and Delrin are all common materials found in this industry. Common applications include conveyor wear components, rollers, machine guarding, sliding surfaces, gears, bearings, and bushings.
Waste and Water Treatment – Applications are consistently converting from corrosion inducing metals to non-absorbing plastics in the waste and water treatment industry. Water and chemical resistant materials such as polypropylene, HDPE, PVC, and CPVC are commonly found as valve bodies and components, piping, tank liners, structural panels, flanges, couplings, and pump components. In wastewater treatment, a special formulation of Pipe Grade HDPE is used for piping, sump pump system components, man holes, tanks, and gussets.
Heavy Equipment Manufacturing – Spanning the entire range of engineering plastics, heavy equipment manufacturing uses a multitude of materials in a variety of applications. For bearing and wear applications, materials such as Nylon, PTFE, UHMW, and Phenolics are commonly used to make seals, bearings, bushings, sheaves, wear pads, and rollers. Impact resistant polycarbonates are typically fabricated for windshields and other protective components.
Materials Movement and Conveying – The applications within this industry are all about friction reduction. At the end of the day, lower friction equals less maintenance. Materials such as Nylon, UHMW, and Delrin are commonly used as slide surfaces, wear plates, gears, chain guides, and rollers. UHMW in particular is an extremely popular option for creating a friction free, sliding surface.
Marine and Offshore – Due to the constant exposure to fresh or salt water combined with prolonged intense UV exposure, there are a few certain materials commonly found in this environment. Polyolefin materials such as HDPE and UHMW often rise to the challenge because of their low moisture absorption and optional UV resistance. Common components such as marine bumpers, wear plates, boat surface components, and rollers are typically made from these materials. Also, due to the low friction of these materials, specially textured versions are available to reduce slips and sliding.
Transportation – (Air, Vehicle, Sea, Train) Engineering plastics use is on the rise in various modes of transportation. They weigh less and perform longer than traditional metal components in these harsh environments. Interior components in planes, cars, and trains are now commonly made from durable plastics such as Nylon and ABS. Transparent plastics such as polycarbonates are often used as windows, housings, and panel covers. Other common non-metallic components include bearings, bushings, gears, spacers, and fasteners.