May 24, 2017 – Osborne, Kansas – Osborne Industries, Inc., custom molder of thermoset plastics via Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), has recently installed a CNC fiberglass cutting system for advanced capabilities. Read more >
Osborne Company News and Industry Updates
Have you ever wondered what the difference between thermoplastic and thermoset 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 >
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 the 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.
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 >
What is pDCPD? pDCPD is the abbreviation for polydicyclopentadiene, a thermoset polymer plastic material. Thermosets like pDCPD are distinguished from thermoplastic materials, the other main group of plastics, because, unlike thermoplastics which revert back to liquid form under excessive heat, thermosets will remain in a post-cured form.
pDCPD and other thermosets resist melting because of the process by which they’re created: two dissimilar liquids are mixed together, creating high temperatures that foster cross-linking between molecular chains. This cross-linking contributes to thermosets’ heat resistance. Read more >
Osborne Industries, Inc., a leader in custom liquid molding of thermosetting plastics, is proud and excited to announce the launch of their new, responsive website.
Osborne invites visitors to explore their new website that is designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience, with easy to use navigation and improved functionality. The company, which specializes in the custom liquid molding of thermoset plastics via Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) and Reaction Injection Molding (RIM), hopes the new site will further elevate their online presence. Read more >
August 7, 2015 – Osborne, Kansas – Osborne Industries, Inc., a custom resin transfer molding firm, was presented with a Consistency Award for reliable, dependable service by Altec Industries, headquartered in St. Joseph, Missouri. The presentation took place at Altec’s Supplier Summit on May 5, 2015, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Osborne began working with Altec Industries 30 years ago, supplying aerial lift platforms for the company’s utility vehicles. Since then, Osborne continues to supply thousands of platforms annually, molded via resin transfer molding (RTM), and adhering stringent testing protocols and product specifications for durability and reliability. Read more >
February 24, 2015 – Osborne, Kansas – Osborne Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of custom-molded plastics via Reaction Injection Molding (RIM) and Resin Transfer Molding (RTM), has announced it will be exhibiting at the Design-2-Part manufacturing show. The show is being held at the Gaylord Texan Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, February 25-26, 2015. Osborne Industries can be found at booth # 510. Read more >