What’s the Difference Between Polymers and Plastics?

Polymer vs Plastic

Polymers and Plastics are encountered in everyday life and used for a variety of purposes. A large number of everyday household items are comprised of plastics and polymers. If someone asked you on the spot to explain the differences between polymer vs plastic, would you be able to give a cohesive answer? Today we discuss the straight forward differences between the two, provide some everyday use examples of plastics and polymers, and list the pros and cons of each. Read more >

Top 3 Most Acid Resistant Plastics

Acid CorrosionThe unique properties and benefits of acid-resistant plastics make them well-suited for use in a number of industries. Chemical and corrosion resistance over wide temperature ranges and other extreme environmental conditions make the demand for these resins high. The following three are the leading acid resistant plastics on the market today: Teflon PTFE, Kynar® PVDF, and Telene® pDCPD. Comparatively, each is noted for their chemical and corrosion resistance and other properties that make these plastics ideal for countless applications. Read more >

The Properties of Plastic

Plastic PropertiesPlastic is a synthetic material created from a broad range of organic polymers that have become an indispensable part of our everyday world. The properties of plastic are numerous. For the most part, they are:

  • Lightweight with a high strength-to-weight ratio
  • Can be manufactured inexpensively and mass produced
  • Water resistant
  • Shock resistant
  • Thermally and electrically insulating

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RIM Manufacturing Process: Step by Step

RIM-plastic-manufacturingRIM, or reaction injection molding, was developed in the late 1960’s. Over time, technology has evolved along with the RIM manufacturing process itself, allowing Osborne Industries to tap into the numerous and unique benefits and capabilities of RIM for a wide variety of products. RIM produces thermosetting plastic resin parts by forcing low-viscosity liquid polymers into a design mold. The liquid material conforms to the mold’s shape, and after a chemical reaction, generates the end part. RIM is a very economical process for low-production volumes and large parts. It also provides manufacturers and designers with more creative opportunities and projects, as it can easily mold thin and thick walls in the same part. Below we examine the multi-stage RIM process. Read more >

The Benefits and Limitations of Injection Molding

Injection Molded PlasticThe advantages of injection molding over die cast molding have been debated since the former process was first introduced in the 1930s. There are benefits, but also limitations to the method, and that, primarily, is need-based. Original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and other consumers who rely on molded parts to produce their goods, are looking for such factors as quality, durability and affordability in deciding which molded parts best suit their needs. Read more >

Top 3 Most Impact Resistant Plastics

Impact Resistant PlasticPlastics are generally tough, corrosion and chemical resistant, lightweight, easy to fabricate, and less expensive when compared to alternative materials like metal. As with any manufacturing material, there are advantages and disadvantages to the different properties each material might have. Although there are many impact resistant plastics to choose from, there are a few that excel in their respective applications. Below we discuss the potential for three of the most common impact resistant plastics. Read more >

Osborne Installs Automated Fiberglass Cutting System

May 24, 2017 – Osborne, Kansas – Osborne Industries, Inc., custom molder of thermoset plastics via Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) utilizes a variety of fiberglass types in their Resin Transfer Molded (RTM) thermoset fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) parts for leading equipment manufacturers. Osborne’s team of engineers and molding specialists will work to identify the best glass-reinforcement for your application. Osborne can give your part the reinforcement needed to meet harsh environments in the field. Read more >

The Difference Between Thermoplastic and Thermosetting Plastic

Have you ever wondered what the difference between thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic is? Although both sound similar, they have very different properties and applications. Below we discuss the differences between thermoplastics vs. thermosetting plastic, their curing process, and the pros and cons to each. Comprehending the performance differences can help you improve your product designs!

Thermoplastic vs Thermosetting Plastic

Thermoplastics and thermosetting plastics are two separate classes of polymers, which are differentiated based on their behavior in the presence of heat. The material difference between the two is that thermoplastics can be remelted, while thermoset plastics remain in a permanent solid state once hardened. As a result of these physical qualities, thermoplastic materials have low melting points while thermoset plastic products can withstand high temperatures without losing austerity. Read more >

How the Resin Transfer Molding Process Works

In 1976, Osborne Industries, Inc., originated and initiated the closed-mold molding process that was later known in the plastics industry as resin transfer molding, or RTM. The resin transfer molding process has been in use ever since. RTM is one of the best methods for mass production of composite parts. It is primarily used to mold components with large surface areas, complex shapes and smooth finishes. The automotive, industrial equipment and agriculture industries have used the resin transfer molding process for decades for these reasons.

Below we discuss a more detailed step-by-step of the resin transfer molding process and its advantages.

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pDCPD Reaction Injection Molding (RIM) Provides Durability, Structural Advantages

Reaction Injection Molding pDCDP Example When we had a customer that was looking for alternatives to the sheet metal hoods on boring machines used in the construction industry, Osborne offered pDCPD reaction injection molding (RIM) as a solution to the problems they were facing. The wet conditions on many construction boring jobs led to excessive rust on the steel hoods, while the rugged environment dented and damaged the sheet metal. As opposed to steel, pDCPD offers an excellent combination of chemical and corrosion resistance, as well as outstanding impact resistance. These characteristics made the engineered thermoset polymer the perfect replacement for the sheet metal hoods. Read more >