Osborne Company News and Industry Updates

How Thermoset Plastics Are Made & Manufactured

Thermoset Manufacturing Process


Thermoset plastic is a synthetic polymer known for its resilience, strength and durability. It is how thermoset plastics are made and manufactured that make it an ideal material for a variety of applications across many industries. Automotive, aerospace, construction, medical, military, agriculture, and corrosion control are all such industries that utilize parts made with thermoset plastic. Read more >

Choosing Between Gel Coat vs Paint

Gel Coat vs Paint

The usefulness of gel coat vs paint for thermoset plastic parts is relative to the applications, needs, and requirements of the specific part. Gel coating is ideal and cost-effective for products produced via Resin Transfer Molding, because throughput is reduced when compared to a secondary painting process. However, if a part requires multiple colors or has a texture requirement, painting is a better alternative to gel coating. There are pros and cons to each. Here are a few for consideration. Read more >

What’s the Difference Between Monomers & Polymers?

Monomer vs Polymer

In the world of material sciences and plastics, the difference between monomer vs polymer is often confused, if not confusing. Because the terms relate to plastic, they are seen in the broader, wider range of malleable synthetic or semi-synthetic organic compounds that are molded into solid objects. Nevertheless, synthetic monomers and polymers played a significant role in the history of plastics, revolutionizing material sciences in the early twentieth century and consequently emerging to play a prominent role in the modern industrial economy. The ability of chemists to engineer synthetic molecules to achieve a desired set of properties such as electrical conductivity, heat resistance, impact resistance, strength, stiffness, and density changed the world. Read more >

The Top 3 Creep-Resistant Plastics

Creep Resistant Plastics


Creep resistant plastics are an important consideration in the design and application of any plastic molding. You want to choose a material that has all the best characteristics for your intended application! Read more >

Vicki Corbett Celebrates 40 Years at Osborne

August 16, 2018 – Osborne, Kansas, USA – Osborne Industries, Inc., is pleased to announce a new milestone has been reached by long-time employee, Vicki Corbett of Osborne, Kan. Corbett celebrated her 40 year employment anniversary with our employee owned company on Thursday, July 19, 2018. Read more >

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? Before we get to the history of thermosetting polymers, let’s dive into exactly what thermosets are. Read more >

Uses & Applications of Thermosetting Plastics

Thermosetting Plastic Parts | Uses for Thermosetting PlasticsThe 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 >