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An Introduction to PEI Plastic

When it comes to high performance engineering thermoplastics, PEI plastic offers a great balance of mechanical properties and processability that makes it suitable for use in a wide range of applications. With high strength and stability and a glass transition temperature of 420º, PEI plastic is a lower cost alternative to PEEK. Its long term […]

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What It Means: Antistatic vs. Static Dissipative Plastic

Electrostatic discharge (ESd) materials are plastics designed to reduce static electricity in order to protect electrostatic-sensitive devices or contain flammable liquids or gases. These plastics come in varying degrees, two of which are antistatic and static dissipative. Understanding antistatic vs. static dissipative plastics will help you choose the right material for your application. Why Antistatic […]

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Why Choose Us For Optimal Industrial Plastic Parts

From bearings to semiconductors, industrial plastic parts require a high degree of quality and precision. Since 1978, Reading Plastic Machining & Fabrication has been a trusted provider of high-end machined plastics across multiple industries. We machine the world’s most advanced plastics for both private and government clients, and are accustomed to meeting the regulatory requirements […]

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Best Plastics For Radiation Resistance

The term “radiation” encompasses the whole broad spectrum of electromagnetic wavelengths – from long radio waves to extremely short gamma rays – as well as ionizing radiation. Knowing the types of radiation your plastic components will be exposed to will help you choose the plastic material with the appropriate degree of radiation resistance. Electromagnetic Radiation […]

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What You Need to Know About Plastic Outgassing

Plastic outgassing is an important factor for plastic components that are going to be used in high-heat environments, vacuum applications, or enclosed spaces. Choosing low-outgassing plastics for these applications protects both workers and equipment. What is Plastic Outgassing? Most plastics contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which, when vaporized, are poisonous, carbon-containing chemicals. Direct contact with […]

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Defining “High-Performance” Plastics

The term “plastic” covers a host of materials, from those used in kitchen utensils and plastic bags to those found in car parts and aircraft engines. Plastics are typically broken down into three categories: standard, engineering, and high performance. Standard plastics are the most common due to their low cost, but they also have the […]

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Different Types of Fiber-Reinforced Plastic

Fiber-reinforced plastic is a composite material wherein a polymer is reinforced with fibers to enhance or add properties. These fibers are typically glass or carbon, although aramid, basalt, and even wood and paper have been used. Fiber reinforced plastics are commonly used in aerospace, automotive, marine, and construction industries because of their corrosion resistance and […]

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Creep-Resistant Plastics: Understanding Creep Rupture

Applications that require tight tolerances and resistance to mechanical stress call for creep-resistant plastics that maintain their shape and integrity under load for long periods of time. As experts in tight tolerances, Reading Plastic is well acquainted with creep-resistant plastics and can machine parts that will hold up under stress. What is Creep? Creep is […]

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The Advanced Industrial Plastics Hall of Fame

When it comes to advanced industrial plastics, there are five that stand out above the rest: Nylon, PTFE, PEEK, Ultem®, and Vespel®. These plastics are revolutionizing industries thanks to their unique properties and wide range of applications. Here’s why these advanced industrial plastics are ahead of the pack: NYLON Nylon is a thermoplastic that enjoys […]

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Why the Aerospace Plastics Market is Skyrocketing

A 2017 report by Grand View Research, Inc. estimates that the global aerospace plastics market will reach 1.04 billion USD by 2025. The increasing demand for plastics in aerospace applications – particularly aerostructure – is expected to drive the market over the next seven years. From weight reduction to corrosion resistance, advanced plastics are significantly […]

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Get the Most from PTFE with an Experienced PTFE Manufacturer

PTFE (commonly known as Teflon) is a powerhouse polymer that is highly flexible, hydrophobic, electrical and thermal resistant, and almost totally chemically inert. It has a large operating temperature range, high flexural strength, and high electrical resistance and dielectric strength. It also has one of the lowest coefficients of friction against any known solid. An […]

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PEEK Plastic Uses: The Many Grades of PEEK

PEEK (polyetheretherketone) is one of the most popular thermoplastics on the market. That is because, with its excellent combination of properties, the list of PEEK plastic uses is virtually endless. PEEK plastic parts can be found in almost every industry, including aerospace, food and beverage, medical, marine, and electronics. PEEK is available in a variety […]

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With decades of experience as a leading CNC plastic cutting service, Reading Plastic has the tools and knowledge necessary to create the high quality plastic parts you need. We excel at machining parts that hold tight tolerances of +/- .001, and can cut even the most advanced specialty plastics. Whether your job is a small […]

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