Positive Environmental Impacts From the Use of Plastics

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Materials touted as “all natural alternatives” to plastic were often actually replaced by plastic decades ago because it was better for the environment. Plastics have been saving the planet since long before there was Earth Day, an annual event supporting environmental conservation.  Despite the massive amount of single use plastic waste that irresponsibly enters our […]

Nylon or Acetal- How to choose

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Two of the most widely used engineering thermoplastics are nylon (polyamide, “PA”) and acetal (polyoxymethylene, “POM”).  The choice between the two can be difficult since their basic physical properties are similar. (FUN FACT –“Nylon” was once DuPont’s trade name for PA, but they didn’t protect it and it became the generic description!) For our purpose […]

You’re in the Right Place

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Here at WS Hampshire, customization and problem solving are a way of life.  We do a little of everything with applications including wear parts in steel mills, insulation for the lighting industry, sheaves and wear pads in construction equipment and fire trucks, thermal insulation, structural fiberglass, and custom composite components for almost any aspect of industry.  Our […]

What Are Non-Metallic Materials

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A GUIDE TO CHOOSING NON-METALLIC MATERIALS When machining a new component, there are a number of reasons a manufacturer may choose to use non-metallic materials rather than metallic ones. These materials are lightweight, cost-effective, corrosion-resistant, and they hold up well against harsh chemicals. They are also non-conductive, making them a popular choice in the electrical […]

What Is Fiber-Reinforced Polymer?

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WHAT IS FIBER-REINFORCED POLYMER? Fiber-reinforced polymer is a popular composite material used in a variety of industries, including aerospace, construction, automotive, defense, and more. A polymer matrix, such as epoxy or vinyl ester, is blended with materials designed to strengthen the polymer, including basalt, carbon, or glass. Each FRP has its advantages and unique applications. COMPONENTS […]