The History of Thermosets

Stop and take a look around you. Whether you are inside, outside, or even in your vehicle, chances are you see something that is made out of plastic. Today, more and more manufacturers are substituting metals for plastics, as the properties of plastic make it a durable, flexible and cost-effective material. So how did we get to this point? Read more >

Uses & Applications of Thermosetting Plastics

Thermosetting Plastic PartsThe applications and uses for thermosetting plastics have grown substantially over the years. The success and benefits of this type of plastic is due in large part to its favorable plastic properties. Thermoset plastics polymers cross-link together when curing to form an irreversible chemical bond. It is one of two organic polymer-based plastic materials, the other being thermoplastic. However, the difference between thermoplastic vs. thermoset plastics lies in their ability to be remelted or reshaped; thermoset plastics permanently form a rigid three-dimensional structural network that immobilizes the molecules. Read more >

Osborne Industries, Inc., announces certification to ISO 9001:2015

June 18, 2018 – Osborne, Kan. – Osborne Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of thermosetting plastic components for leading OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) around the U.S., is pleased to announce their April 16, 2018, certification under ISO 9001:2015. The company has maintained certification under ISO standards since October 2000. Read more >

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 >