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Our New Miyano BNA-42S Offers More Precise, Efficient CNC Turning

Reading Plastic is excited to announce the latest addition to our fleet of vanguard machines: the Miyano BNA-42S from CITIZEN, a CNC turning center with two spindles and one turret. The benefits the BNA-42S are supercharged efficiency and unmatched precision. Capable of holding tighter tolerances than past CNC turning centers, this new machine is the […]

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High-Strength Plastics – 4 Ways To Measure Strength

Throughout our blog, you may have noticed many references to strength. In particular, we’ve discussed high-strength plastics like PEEK, Celazole PBI, Vespel, and Techtron PPS. Each is unique in its strengths, as well as the other benefits it brings to the table (such as UV resistance, conductivity, resistance to friction, just to name a few.) […]

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Skip the OEM Parts Distributor – Get Fast OEM Parts By Machining

When it comes to staying competitive, avoiding costly breakdowns of critical machinery is a top priority. Companies running production lines need to make sure their parts last—and that they can get fast OEM parts if something does go wrong. Unfortunately, many companies can tell you about a bad experience they’ve had trying to get in […]

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Machined Plastic Solutions for Bakeries and Confectioners

In the average bakery or confectioner’s operation, the race is on. Machines and workers crank out production at a breakneck pace to maximize efficiency and get their goods out the door while they’re fresh. But in the heat of the operation, could there be an issue with one vital piece of equipment? The problem: Take […]

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Which High-Temperature Plastic is Right for My Application?

The strongest ceramics can withstand upwards of 1,600 F, but they can also shatter upon impact or if they undergo dramatic temperature changes. Metals can withstand extremely high temperatures—but they’re vulnerable to corrosion. Need a material that stands up to high temperatures without sacrificing other properties? That’s where high-temperature plastics come in. Plastics that can […]

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Techtron PPS: An Excellent PEEK Alternative At Low Temps

Among the most advanced engineering plastics available today is Techtron PPS, a strong alternative to PEEK at less demanding temperatures. In this blog, we’ll take some time to focus on this material’s unique properties and popular applications, and why it’s finding widespread usage in the aerospace, oil & gas, and especially semiconductor industries. At Reading […]

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Celazole PBI: Why It Works Harder and Lasts Longer

If you’ve been researching high-performing thermoplastics, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Celazole PBI, also known as Duratron PBI. Celazole PBI is the highest-performing engineering thermoplastic available today, capable of withstanding the most extreme conditions: think high temperatures, harsh chemicals, plasma environments and applications that demand high strength and wear. Performing well under stressors too severe for […]

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When To Choose Plastic Stamping For Your Custom Parts

Plastic stamping can significantly reduce material cost, increase production rates and improve dimensional consistency when used in place of machining to create custom parts and components. In plastic stamping, we utilize a die and a high-speed punch press to yield extremely precise identical parts: washers, gaskets, seals, insulators, graphics and more. Our dies are custom […]

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An Introduction to Biocompatible Plastics

From blood tubing to heart valves, biocompatible plastics have become omnipresent in the medical device industry. There’s a reason recent years have seen significant advances in pacemakers, joint replacements and stents: The advanced properties of specialty plastics have made these innovations possible. Why have specialty plastics brought about a golden age of medical devices? Namely, […]

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What Is CNC Milling?

CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control, the concept of controlling machine tools with a computer. It rose to prominence in the 1950’s, largely because it empowered machine shops to boost their productivity vastly, since the operator no longer had to pay constant attention to the machine. What’s more, CNC has made it possible to machine […]

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Acrylic Fabrication Services – Protect & Display Your High-Value Products

In certain industries, the importance of exhibiting at trade shows can’t be understated. These are prime opportunities to introduce products, reach prospects, gather leads, and build the relationships you need to succeed. According to some estimates, 7 out of 10 trade show attendees plan to buy one or more products. If your company’s trade show […]

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Metal-To-Plastic Conversion: Advantages & Materials Selection

Manufacturers across all industries are converting gears and other parts that have traditionally been metal into plastic. We’ve discussed some of the main advantages of metal-to-plastic conversion before, but here’s a refresher: Elimination of lubrication. Metal parts often require expensive, time-consuming lubrication to prevent wear over time. On the contrary, many specialty plastics can replace […]

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