Australasias thermoplastic engineering specialist Dotmar EPP is throwing out a challenge to metals traditionally used in materials handling applications including cranes, draglines and minerals and materials processing applications.
Dotmar EPP is offering high performance engineering plastics that does not corrode and never need lubrication as an alternative to phosphor bronze, stainless steel and other metals in applications where metals have been incumbent for decades.
Apart from cranes and lifting equipment, Nylatron GSM has been used in industries including shipping, automotive, military, mining and resources, chemical, building and construction, railway, agriculture, and engineering.
The change is happening in a myriad of applications where long-life products such as the Ertalon and Nylatron families of plastics are displacing costlier counterparts in grimy environments where reliability is at a premium, a smooth flow of material is essential, and downtime is an enormous liability.
Members of the Ertalon and Nylatron families are being successfully employed as:
- Bearings or bushes, where the materials have found extensive uses in cranes, forklifts, rolling stock, earthmoving equipment and processing machinery
- Wear pads on side guides, rollers, conveyors, presses and telescopic booms
- Gears on winders, lifts and escalators, and in drives for processing equipment
- Pulleys and sheaves for overhead cables, or as rollers for electric hoists, conveyor components, boring and bolting equipment, and heavy duty sections on draglines.