The use of thermoplastics is widespread in the world, slowly but surely saving weight and cost in both simple and complex applications while replacing traditional engineering materials such as bronze, mild steel and stainless steel.
In today's economic environment, high performance thermoplastics offer a cost-effective and long lasting alternative when compared with metals. The added benefits of some thermoplastics include self lubrication (greaseless operation), noise dampening and impact-resistant properties.
For example, within the mining industry, stainless steel tanks are used to recycle mine water, which contains a heavy mineral content leading to tank corrosion. The mine site required a tank that would be sustainable for five to ten years.
Thermoplastic tanks made of a specific Polyolefin material fabricated and constructed using flat sheets were recommended, and have been in successful operation for many years with no problems to date.
Think Green: Replace Timber with Plastic
Opt for the green alternative and choose from a range of plastic products that can replace timber within any application. Wood products such as marine ply, plywood and many others have been known to shrink, rot, warp, twist and swell when exposed to moisture and humidity.
Moreover, timber colours darken with age when placed in direct or indirect sunlight and various wood products require ongoing maintenance to prolong their lifespan within various applications.
Thermoplastics on the other hand, outperform any wood or timber products in unique applications. Within a catamaran for example, ply and laminates were used for storage cabinets, instrument panels, bench tops and cladding but these products were heavy and continually absorbed water causing swelling, delamination and eventually breakage.
Polysource recommended Nuvex Boatboard, which reduced weight, eliminated delamination and was water-resistant.
Polysource can assist with material selection and design in addition to machining any custom finished part for use in specific applications.