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Industrial Applications

Industrial Applications

Our portfolio of products can be found in a multitude of applications ranging from Farm Equipment to Heavy Construction, Rotary Compressors to Amusement Park Rides, Theatrical Staging Equipment… and everything in between. Whether your application runs in a wet or dry environment, is structural, or requires a low coefficient of friction, the chances are we carry an engineering plastic that will satisfy your performance requirements.

Sheave
Problem
Heavy cast or stamped metal sheaves decreased performance of lifting equipment, required frequent lubrication and shortened the life of the expensive wire rope.
Solution
Specially designed Nylatron® GSM PA6 sheaves eliminated these problems. Nylon sheaves can be easily machined or custom cast when larger series are required.
Benefits
Nylatron® GSM PA6 is seven times lighter than cast iron, reduces weight on the boom and eliminates corrosion.
Bearing
Problem
Bronze bearings are heavy, noisy and require constant lubrication.
Solution
Nylatron® NSM bearings can be quickly machined from the many stock sizes of tubular bar and address many of the problems associated with low-tech metal parts.
Benefits
The weight reduction allowed by plastic bearings often means savings in other areas. This Nylatron® NSM bearing lasts ten times longer than the unfilled cast nylon part that was supplied with the OE truck.
Wear Pad
Problem
Bronze or hybrid metal wear pads are very noisy, tough to lubricate, wear mating surfaces and markedly decrease the amount of control possible in a system.
Solution
Machined pads made from Nylatron® nylons are quickly fabricated, easy to replace and improve the efficiency of equipment.
Benefits
Lighter in weight than metal, Nylatron® NSM or Nylatron® 703XL can eliminate chatter and the loss of control associated with it. Higher load capabilities also mean a chance to reduce part size and the possibility of eliminating costly lubrication systems.
Gear
Problem
Metal gears create noise, wear mating parts and require lubrication.
Solution
Gears machined from Nylatron® nylons can solve these problems.
Benefits
Nylatron® gears can reduce noise, eliminate lubrication and act as a sacrificial link in a system, thus saving destruction of other costly components.
Nozzle
Problem
A submerged stainless steel nozzle was costly to fabricate and a weighty challenge to manipulate.
Solution
This custom cast Nylatron® MC901 part replaced a multi-piece assembly and improved performance.
Benefits
Chemical and moisture resistance of plastics combined with the production efficiency of custom casting drastically reduced the cost in use of this part.
Roller
Problem
Metal rollers in cargo truck lifts were being damaged in use.
Solution
Impact resistant Acetron® GP POM-C rollers absorb collisions with loading docks without deforming and causing the system to fail.
Benefits
Lighter weight and an ability to bounce-back made tight tolerance Acetron® GP POM-C rollers a better choice than other materials.
Compressor Vane
Problem
Rotary compressors needed a vane material that could survive with limited lubrication and maintain close tolerances at high speeds and loads.
Solution
Duratron® T4301 PAI was the ideal replacement for the composite material that was previously used.
Benefits
Duratron® PAI?s very low coefficient of expansion, excellent wear resistance and high load capabilities made economic sense for the manufacturer who was able to tout their unit's reliable long-term performance.
Seal
Problem
Metallic labyrinth seals needed large operating tolerances to account for pressure changes and potential contact hard impact with a compressor shaft.
Solution
Impact resistant Duratron® PAI labyrinth seals could withstand impact during pressure upsets and tighten up running clearances that increase efficiency.
Benefits
Dimensionally stable Duratron® PAI labyrinth seals withstand tough chemical service and wear evenly, protecting the expensive metal shaft and mating parts.
Nozzle
Problem
Hot runner nozzle in thermal insulator fabricated from lower grade plastics were failing due to a high load and temperature environment.
Solution
PI was chosen as a replacement, allowing the manufacturer to increase uptime and spend less on replacement parts.
Benefits
PI with its excellent thermal resistance and dimensional stability, extended wear-life.
Bushing
Problem
Hot runner systems needed a material that could endure the high temperatures but did not "stick" to the finish molded parts.
Solution
PBI machined high heat insulator bushings outperformed al other materials tested in the application.
Benefits
PBI is unique in its ease of clean up in hot runner systems. Molded parts do not stick to PBI during their ?freeze? cycle in the mold.
Seal
Problem
A manufacturer that wanted to improve performance in a rotary airlock needed a material with the performance of PTFE and the dimensional stability of a more rigid thermoplastic.
Solution
Replacing the graphite-filled PTFE parts modified PTFE floating seals allowed performance gains across the -200° F (-130° C) to 450° F (230° C) operating range.
Benefits
With longer part life, better dimensional stability and virtually no wear to mating parts, the modified PTFE reduced maintenance and motor load.
Seal
Problem
Labyrinth and shroud seals made from aluminum, bronze or Babbitt caused mating part wear that decreased the efficiency of turbo compressors.
Solution
Redesigned abradable seals machined from modified PTFE tubular bar dramatically improved efficiency and helped protect other parts from damage.
Benefits
Modified PTFE excellent chemical resistance and forgiving composition can greatly improve the performance of rotating equipment while dealing with shaft movement and pressure changes that can damage metallic seals.
Seal
Problem
PTFE seals can easily deform or change shape after machining and installation.
Solution
Valve seats and seals machined from modified PTFE can maintain the required dimensions and provide the sealing performance needed in challenging services like steam and hot air.
Benefits
Modified PTFE dimensional stability is significantly better than that of virgin or low-tech filled PTFE's. It also offers excellent chemical resistance and non-permeability to hot air and steam.
Flow Meter Rotor
Problem
A manufacturer used four different materials for a line of industrial flow meters. Inventories and spare parts were required in each material to service customers.
Solution
Techtron? HPV PPS met the performance criteria for every model and allowed the manufacturer to standardize the rotor material.
Benefits
The Techtron? HPV PPS grade is very dimensionally stable and able to withstand the broad range of chemicals that can be present in the application.
Lantern Rings
Problem
Pumps used in mining applications were requiring frequent, costly service and reducing output because of downtime.
Solution
Techtron? PSBG PPS replaced the bronze parts in the original design and reduced wear while increasing efficiency.
Benefits
The new PPS parts were machined to tight tolerances reducing recirculation while offering wear resistance that bronze could not match.
Valve Seat
Problem
Premature replacement of a glass-filled PTFE seat caused excessive warranty expense for a manufacturer of industrial cleaning equipment.
Solution
Ketron? 1000 PEEK replaced the poppet seat and allowed increased reliability of the mixing unit in the cleaning equipment.
Benefits
Hydrolysis resistant and far more stable than any PTFE, Ketron? 1000 PEEK retains its properties after thousands of hours of operation.
Pump Wear Ring
Problem
Centrifugal pump wear parts were failing due to corrosion and galling.
Solution
The bronze parts shipped with the original units were replaced with Quadrant's Ketron? CA30 PEEK. The PEEK rings eliminated the problem and increased the efficiency of the units.
Benefits
The chemical resistance, temperature resistance and good stability of carbon fiber filled PEEK form the ideal material for high temperature, close tolerance applications where chemicals are present.

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