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Types of Oil & Gas Components We Machine

For nearly four decades, Reading Plastic Machining & Fabrication has been providing companies with the high-quality plastic parts they need to succeed. We have machined a wide array of components for the oil and gas industry, as our durable, dependable plastic parts lower round-the-clock operating expenses. We offer a variety of versatile, stress-resistant plastics that […]

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An Introduction to the Grades of Ultem Plastic

Ultem plastic resin is a family of thermoplastic PEI (polyetherimide) resins that offer high strength and stiffness, superior elevated thermal resistance, and broad chemical resistance. Ultem plastic uniquely balances processability and mechanical properties, giving design engineers outstanding flexibility and freedom. There are also various grades of Ultem available that provide even higher chemical, heat, and […]

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Plastics Used in Waste Water Treatment Parts

Waste water treatment parts need to have a low coefficient of friction, extremely high wear and chemical resistance and zero water absorption, making high-performance plastics the perfect material for these critical parts. With four decades of experience machining and fabricating precise plastic parts, Reading Plastic can produce the bearings, sprockets, wear shoes, and other waste […]

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5 Ways Our Plastic Fabrication Services Go Above and Beyond

When it comes to quality plastic fabrication, Chicago turns to Reading Plastic Machining & Fabrication. For over 30 years, we’ve been delivering high-quality parts and outstanding customer service to our clients. We enjoy a loyal customer base thanks to our commitment to providing services that go above and beyond. What Sets Reading Plastic Apart? Consistently […]

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PTFE vs. Teflon: How Are These Plastics Related?

When choosing a polymer for their products, clients often have questions about PTFE vs. Teflon: what is the difference between the two? Essentially, the only difference lies in the name. PTFE is the shortened name of the chemical polytetrafluoroethylene, and Teflon is the trade name of the same polymer. If you are looking for a […]

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Plastic Parts & Components Ideal for Subsea Applications

Equipment and parts used in subsea applications are subject to a uniquely harsh environment, one that demands they have specific properties to withstand breakdown or failure. As a submarine equipment supplier, Reading Plastic can produce durable, high-quality plastic parts that hold tight tolerances and can replace metal parts in many of these applications. Plastic: Lightweight […]

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Choosing Plastics to Comply with Military Specifications

On any given day, our military faces a variety of harsh environments, from marine to tropical to desert to tundra. They also encounter situations that put their equipment through the wringer, exposing it to moisture, dirt, impact, pressure changes, chemicals, and more. The equipment and gear they rely on has to be able to perform […]

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Vespel® vs. PEEK: The Major Differences

When it comes to high-performance plastics, PEEK and Vespel® are at the top of the list. Both offer an impressive combination of mechanical properties that make them go-to materials for high-heat and high-stress environments. So which polymer is right for your project? In this blog we’ll examine the benefits and differences of Vespel® vs. PEEK […]

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How To Read Tolerances

Knowing how to read tolerances can help you understand the intricacies of a part and the manufacturing methods it will require. Put simply, tolerance is a measurement (generally calculated in fractions of an inch) that specifies how much a given feature of a part may deviate from its specified measurement, and is the difference between […]

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Top Precision-Machined Components in Military & Defense

Military and defense components need to withstand an array of harsh environments, including heat, friction, saltwater, and grit. At Reading Plastic, we have made precision-machined components for every branch of the armed forces and we are well acquainted with all military specifications and requirements. We can provide you with the strong, durable military-grade plastic parts […]

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Vespel® Bearings Deliver Unbeatable Reliability and Performance

When selecting a material for high-performance bearings, Vespel® is often the top choice. That is because Vespel® bearings offer unique capabilities in high-friction applications that most high-end materials can’t surpass. Combining the best properties of ceramics, metals and plastics into one, Vespel® bearings offer unique strengths for superb performance and proven reliability. What Makes Vespel® […]

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Machining & Fabrication: How They Work Together

In order to understand how machining and fabrication work together, you must first understand how they differ. Machining and fabrication are both industrial terms that refer to the process of producing or constructing a product. Machining converts raw materials into a finished products via large-scale industrial operations, while fabrication assembles various standardized parts to make […]

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Call Reading Plastic For CNC Plastic Cutting Service

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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