Thermosetting Plastic vs Thermoplastic Applications

Comprehending the difference between thermoset vs thermoplastics, and which applications are suitable for each type, is often confused. Though thermoplastics and thermosets may seem similar, they actually have very different properties, and thus, industry applications. The differences between these two polymers are significant enough that understanding the behavior of each can ultimately help improve product designs and decisions.

Osborne Industries breaks down the differences between these two types of well-known polymers. Read more >

Plastic Design Guidelines for pDCPD

Plastic design guidelines are crucial for polydicyclopentadiene (pDCPD) molding because they allow for easier part moldability, reduce overall production time, and help to ensure the quality of a final product. We’ve outlined some fundamental guidelines you’ll want to consider when preparing pDCPD parts for reaction injection molding.
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RTM and RIM Material Selection for Industry Applications

Custom thermoset molding services range across a variety of industries, each with a unique set of materials and part specifications. Both the resin transfer molding (RTM) process and reaction injection molding (RIM) process offer specific capabilities that can be applied to virtually any project depending on the manufacturing needs, and they are often customized based on industry.

For example, a molded blower housing for a popular cotton harvester would need to be abrasion-resistant and a louver for the same machine must be impact-resistant, whereas a part for a tanning bed would not necessarily need these qualifiers because of how and where it is used.

Osborne Industries reviews how these processes can differ based on the industry for which they’re manufactured. Read more >

Custom Injection Molding: Rewards of Metal to Plastic Conversion

Custom plastic molding and die-cast molding have been compared for decades. When it comes down to a side-by-side comparison, companies that convert from metal to plastic experience many benefits from the transition. Plastic components are superior to metal in more ways than one, including strength and impact resistance, weight, and design flexibility. We break down each major component to keep in mind when considering a metal to plastic conversion. Read more >

Osborne Industries, Inc., Named a Top Supplier for Altec

Custom plastics molding firm, Osborne Industries, Inc., was presented with the “QCDS Award” at Altec’s Supplier Summit on May 22, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. Osborne has been a long-time supplier of fiberglass-reinforced composite aerial lift-platforms and other components for Altec’s utility vehicles. Osborne’s long history with closed-molding via Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) technology has allowed them to remain one of Altec’s top-producing suppliers since the two firms first collaborated in the mid-1980s. Read more >

Low-Friction & Abrasion Resistant Plastics

Abrasion-resistant plastics with a low coefficient of friction are highly sought after materials for use in a wide variety of industrial applications. Plastic components that require contact with mating surfaces must offer outstanding resistance to wear, along with displaying long life and high performance under constant friction. Plastics that are abrasion resistant are designed to retain their appearance, and also reduce costs associated with maintenance, wear and tear, and the subsequent system downtime that would follow. Read more >

What Do Plasticizers Do?

What Do Plasticizers Do
Plasticizers are non-volatile chemical solvents used throughout the plastics industry to increase such properties as flexibility, pliability, durability, longevity, biodegradability, and extensibility in polymers. When added to a plastic or elastomer, plasticizers affect the properties of the material without fundamentally changing its basic chemical makeup. It also helps to improve a product’s elastic modulus upon completion. By modifying the type or amount of plasticizer, properties can be tailored to meet requirements like high tensile strength or even soften the material. Read more >

What Are the Most Weather-Resistant Plastics?

Weather Resistant Plastics

Weather-resistant plastics have superior durability suited for extensive outdoor applications. These plastics have been widely adopted over the past century. The development of weather-resistant plastics has been one of the major innovations in material science, supplanting traditional materials like metal, glass, wood, and cotton. The appeal of many plastics stems from their better resistance to environmental degradation over time. The wide variety of material properties of plastics make them exceptionally adaptive for many different applications. It’s also safe for humans and is cost-effective. Read more >

Elastomers vs Polymers

Elastomer vs Polymer
The primary challenge in distinguishing an elastomer vs. polymer is that elastomers are a subset of polymers. When you hear the word ‘elastomer,’ think ‘elastic,’ for the term is in fact derived from ‘elastic polymer.’ The elasticity of elastomers is a good reason why this particular polymer is often used interchangeably with the word, ‘rubber.’ Nevertheless, an elastomer is a polymer with viscoelasticity, having properties of both viscosity and elasticity.
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Osborne Joins Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association

Farm equipment manufacturers have relied on Osborne Industries, Inc., for more than 40 years to help solve their toughest plastics challenges with innovative composite solutions. From abrasion and corrosion resistant blower housings, fenders, bumpers, fan shrouds, and louvers, to agricultural equipment covers, body parts, and enclosures, Osborne has the molding technologies and engineering expertise to assist in developing and delivering complex farm equipment parts, concepts, and designs. Read more >