December 2013

Mining for Safety with Plastics
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The mining industry faces some unique challenges when it comes to safety. Working conditions are often harsh, so the materials used in mining applications must stand up to vigorous demands. Fortunately, for the plastics industry, these unique challenges present a huge range of opportunities to develop parts and applications that enable safer environments and faster production. Click here for examples of how plastics are making mining safer.


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Mining for Safety with Plastics
Shaping the Future of Mining with Plastics
You Don’t Have to Dig Deep to Find Plastics in Mining

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Shaping the Future of Mining with Plastics

Plastic components and heavy-duty plastics are commonly used in: shafts, hydraulic sleeves, bearings, gears, flow promotion liners, conveyors, bins and hoppers. Engineering plastics are the go-to material for these types of applications, exhibiting superior performance when compared to conventional engineering materials such as steel, for example.

Find out more about how plastics are contributing to a better future for mining.

Technical Advisory: Cast Nylon

Applications for cast nylons have historically been large wear parts used in heavy industry where the material’s light weight, wear resistance and ability not to damage mating parts have made it an attractive alternative to steel and bronze.

For more information, see Introduction to Plastics, the IAPD guide to plastic materials and applications.

You Don’t Have to Dig Deep to Find Plastics in Mining

Durable plastics help reduce noise, prolong equipment life and protect miners. From safety equipment to truck bed liners to parts such as gears, rollers, sprockets and so on, try mining plastics for long-lasting applications.

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