Engineering plastics can replace several traditional materials such as bronze, stainless steel, ceramics and cast iron in various applications.
Problems can be caused by wear, noise and cost factors, frequent maintenance requirements or even the inability to recycle at end of life.
Depending on the problem, an engineering plastic could be a part of the solution, with many plastics having excellent wear properties and a low coefficient of friction to extend the life of other components.
Using the right plastic can reduce metal on metal contact to address noise issues while retaining high strength and performance.
Engineering plastics offer cost benefits in comparison with steel while also being lightweight and easier to handle; not susceptible to corrosion or chemical attack, these plastics significantly reduce maintenance time and cost. Some plastics are fully recyclable when they have served their time.
Datco Industries machines and supplies a wide range of materials including PEEK, Acetal, PTFE, PETP or Ertalyte, Nylons and UHMWPE among others.