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  1. Thermoplastics as alternatives to traditional materials?

    Maybe its the annual Dakar Rally that is less than a month behind us, maybe its knowing the Baja 500 is looming closer and closer. Maybe our brutally cold Minnesota winters are just making us all yearn for the desert's warm temps instead. Maybe its just fascinating and exciting to know there are alternatives to bronze bushings that have history...
  2. New fibre-reinforced thermoplastics are on the horizon!

    If you have an application where metal options are too heavy, but un-reinforced thermoplastics may not be strong enough, Ensinger may have a solution for you coming soon. These new materials will grant you many of the benefits of thermoplastics while improving on some of their more limited physical abilities when compared to metallic options. Specifically, Ensinger will be launching...
  3. Import vs. Domestic Plastics Materials

    When it comes to cars or perhaps beer, we generally associate imports with higher performance or quality craftsmanship (depending on your taste of course). For the most part, we can all find something good about our favorite import beer or perhaps a European sports or luxury car that sets them apart in our mind. In plastics, there are many companies...
  4. Beware… Plastics Aren’t Always What They Seem To Be

    Here's a real life experience we would like to share with everyone: Plastics International has had a long history of stocking 30% GF Ultem for one of our OEM customers. Their Machine Shop vendors were directed to order the material from Plastics International to ensure the material would be consistent for quality, responsibility and traceability for the life of the...
  5. What is laminating?

    Lamination occurs when two or more layers of material are put together by either cohesion or adhesion. Plastic laminates are usually various layers of material held together by some sort polymer or plastic material. Laminates and reinforced plastics can be difficult to distinguish from reinforced plastics because the layers often provide strength and reinforcement as well to the base plastic...
  6. What is Compression Molding?

    Compression molding is a common process used for both thermoplastic and thermoset stock shape materials. Compression molding is accomplished by placing the plastic material (can be a granular or pelletized form) in a mold cavity to be formed by heat and pressure. The process is someone similar to making waffles. The heat and pressure force the materials into all areas...