Category: miscellaneous

Plastics Shortage Hits Plastic Parts Supply Chain

Materials Miscellaneous April 1, 2021

Plastics Shortage Hits Plastic Parts Supply Chain

Raw Material Shortages Plus High Demand Disrupts Production

Manufacturers using prime and engineering grade plastics face ongoing shortages, price increases and ...

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Industrial Interchange Couplings Product Spotlight

MiscellaneousProduct Spotlights March 30, 2021

Quick disconnect fittings for pneumatic applications

Pneumatic quick disconnect couplings

Quick connect pneumatic (compressed air) fittings are paired as couplings. Pneumatic couplings provide lightweight tool-to-hose and other pneumatic connections that can be quickly and easily connected, disconnected and ...

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Metal Swivel Fittings Product Spotlight

MiscellaneousProduct Spotlights August 18, 2020

Pivoting connections for moving machine elements and air tool ease-of-use

Fittings for air, gas and liquids flow control systems
Swivel fittings bring important advantages to pneumatic and liquid flow control systems. For air tools, they significantly increase maneuverability and ease of ...

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What is Durometer? – Elastomer and Plastic Hardness

Materials Miscellaneous February 18, 2020

Durometer affects what type of materials and fittings you use for your application

What is durometer?

Durometer or Shore durometer is a standardized way to measure the hardness of materials like rubber (elastomers) and plastics. Durometer measurement scales range from 0 to 100 but there is no such thing as a durometer unit of measurement. Another way of saying this is that durometer is a dimensionless ...

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What is an ISO 80369-7 Compliant Luer? – The New Luer Standard

Hose Barb ConnectorsMiscellaneous February 3, 2020

Luers for medical applications and the new ISO 80369 small-bore connector standards

What is ISO 80369 and how does it relate to luers?

The ISO 80369-7: Connectors for Intravascular or Hypodermic Applications standard for luer fittings is part seven of ISO 80369. ISO 80369 is a series of medical device standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization. The standards cover small-bore connectors used in the different systems providing direct, individual patient care. ISO 80369 standards were developed to significantly improve ...

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Some Heat Sealing Frequently Asked Questions

MiscellaneousProduct Spotlights October 23, 2019

There is more to heat seal than just dwell time, temperature and pressure

United Silicone metal bonded silicone sheets.

An introduction to heat sealingHeat sealing is a critical process used for rigid and flexible packaging of all kinds. Heat conduction or heat transfer sealing uses heated seal heads or sealing bars to adhere, attach or close film to film or film to a rigid container. The results are leak-proof seals for bags, pouches ...

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Silicone Rubber Sheet Bonding: What You Need to Know

Materials MiscellaneousProduct Spotlights October 8, 2019

Bumping up against the heat seal requirements ceiling

Heat seal silicone-to-metal bonded sheets.

Where to start when you need high temperature silicone sheets?
Dick and Jane had a problem. They work for a contract packaging company that was building out a new facility. Because they work for a contract packager, the new facility would have lines for handling pouches, bags and other ...

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What Does OEM Parts Mean for Manufacturing?

Miscellaneous September 25, 2017

Quality component parts: OE, OER, OEM and ODM and what they mean

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. Most often, OEMs purchase parts from other manufacturers or suppliers and use them to assemble their finished products. OEMs also make parts and sub-assemblies that are resold to other companies who assemble them into their own finished products.

The acronym OEM has come to be associated with product engineering and manufacturing, sub-assembly manufacturing (especially automotive and electronics) and even ...

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Vacuum Unit Conversion Chart – New ISM Resource

Miscellaneous August 15, 2017

The new ISM Vacuum Pressures Unit Conversions Chart (Absolute and Relative) is now available as a downloadable PDF

Vacuum systems are used in a wide range of industrial, material handling, food processing and laboratory applications. Wherever vacuum is used, questions come up about vacuum or negative pressure. What it is, how it is measured and how one vacuum measurement unit compares to another.

The new Vacuum Pressures Unit Conversions Chart from ISM was created to help make component selection for vacuum applications faster and ...

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Tapered Pipe Threads and Fittings: Making the Connection

Miscellaneous October 24, 2016

Ensuring a gas or liquid-tight connection means understanding tapered pipe threads

NPT, National Pipe Taper (American) and BSPT (British standard Pipe Taper) are tapered pipe thread standards. Male and female tapered pipe threads wedge themselves together but need a sealant for a completely leak-free connection. Sealants fill any voids between the threads that could travel along the thread spiral.

Tube and pipe are not the same thing
Tube and pipe are hollow structures designed to provide a path for the flow of fluids or  ...

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