Nylon Polypropylene Plastic Fasteners
When we consider fasteners, Bolts, Nuts and Washer we assume steel or alloy product; there are major markets for fasteners in Plastics, Nylon and Polypropylene.
Specialist Fastener companies stock a full range of products and can produced a whole range of special and coloured fasteners in these plastic materials.
Fasteners produced from nylon have unique properties that make them ideal for a variety of functions.
When nylon was first developed in the 1935 by Wallace Carothers at DuPont it was originally intended to be a cheap and mass produced alternative for silk with ladies nylon stockings, one of itheir first products. It was not long before nylon was moulded into many other products and this was extend to Bolts, Nuts, Screws, Washers and many other industrial fasteners.
Nylon fasteners are non-conducting, non-corrosive, non-magnetic, durable, impact resistant and lightweight. These characteristics are essential for applications involving electricity or Chemical environments.
A key development in the fastener market is the growth in sales of plastic fasteners, especially Nylon fasteners, supported by technology breakthroughs achieved in composite material Research and development. Unlike metal fasteners which are heat treated and cold or hot worked; plastic fasteners are manufactured through injection molding. Technology developments have imparted plastics performance features on par with metals such as material toughness, corrosion resistance, and heat resistance. Types of plastic fasteners growing in popularity in automotive applications include Nylon, Acetyl, Polyvinyl Chloride, Polyvinylidene fluoride or PVDF and Phenolic based fasteners. The number of plastic fasteners used in an automobile is steadily increasing, with the development of polymer composite plastic fasteners, and shape-memory polymers that are additionally helping expand the use of plastic fasteners in automobile engineering. Also driving the use of plastic fasteners are the stringent fuel efficiency legislated by governments worldwide, and the ensuing focus on designing lightweight vehicles.
In order to benefit from the growing preference for advanced lightweight fasteners, conventional fastener makers have begun to expand portfolios to include plastic fasteners, especially Nylon Fasteners, which are growing in popularity encouraged by the technology breakthroughs achieved in composite material Reasearch and development. Glass and metallic fillers are often used in combination with plastics to enhance the strength and performance. Unlike metal fasteners which are heat treated and cold worked, plastic fasteners are manufactured through a process called injection molding. Technology developments have imparted plastics performance features on par with metals fpe example, material toughness, corrosion resistance, and heat resistance. Corrosion resistance even when exposed to moisture is regarded as a major benefit of plastic fasteners over metal fasteners. Also driving the use of plastic fasteners are the stringent fuel efficiency norms legislated by governments worldwide. Automotive manufacturing is currently evolving in order to comply with the growing concept of light weighting of vehicles in order to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency.
Nylon, Acetyl, Polyvinyl Chloride, Polyvinylidene fluoride or PVDF and Phenolic based fasteners.