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Phenolic Frac Balls

A common method for creating fractures is the use of sliding sleeves and frac ports. A sliding sleeve is inserted betwen packers and is opened by injecting a frac ball within the borehole.

Our frac balls, smallest to largest travel within the sleeve until they seat and seal. High pressure causes the sleeve to open. This is repeated with larger balls until multiple fractures are created inside the well. This process is quick and cost effective.

The Oil & Gas and Fracking industry has typically identified a Phenolic G-10 balls for temporary plugs.

Our proprietary Phenolic mix allows for the same or better performance for a fraction of the cost.

We offer frac balls in a multitude of sizes and specific gravity of 1.32 (1.32 sg), 1.44 (1.44 sg) and 1.70 (1.70 sg).

PSI strength is imperative for this application. Depending on the ball that is right for you, our product range is effective from 4,000 to 12,000 PSI and more. This material is also being used for high load/performance bearings today. While Phenolic is the most common material used today, we also offer Torlon (PAI), and Hollow Steel / Aluminum balls for use.

Precision Plastic Ball supplies thousands of Frac balls monthly, and we hope to work with you to identify the optimal frac ball for your down hole application. Our high volume allows us to be competitive in pricing and lead times.

Please feel free to reach out to us today to discuss your frac ball needs.


Environmental Water Test – Joquicingo, Mexico

In January 2017, Precision Plastic Ball implemented 100,000 shade balls in Joquicingo, Mexico. The site had excess Algae and elevated levels of contaminants. Within 2 weeks, the site was clear of Algae and saw lower levels of contaminants.

Within 4 weeks, the site had even lower levels of contaminants. For a lab report please contact PPB Co., and we would be happy to share our data.

Buna vs Viton: What’s the Difference?

Pneumatic, hydraulic and water applications frequently employ rubber resin balls for their flexible, strong, oil-resistant characteristics. Their use in fluid and air control systems and components, such as check valves, serves as a perfect example. Two key resin materials continuing to make headway in the industry are Buna and Viton.

Both Buna and Viton rubber are specifically designed to resist nearly any oil and provide excellent compression set resistance. Either will work in a moderate temperature application, such as industry and manufacturing. Choosing the correct rubber resin ball material matters more as the application becomes more specific. For example, Viton over, Buna, is essential for high-temperature applications, which provides an indefinite seal up to 400°F and about a 2-day seal for temperatures up to 600°F. Meanwhile, Buna is only effective in the same manner up to 250°F and is the better option for low-temperature seals as low as -30°F.

Buna Rubber Characteristics

Buna, which is also known as Nitrile, Buna-N, Perbunan or NBR, performs well in applications requiring metal adhesion and abrasion resistance. Success in these areas is attributed to the rubber’s excellent oil resistance, such as with petroleum, vegetable and mineral oil. An advantage to note over natural rubber is Buna’s ability to strongly resist heat aging, where natural varieties harden and lose its damping ability.
Multiple characteristics render Buna an excellent choice for rubber resin ball applications, with a few of these properties listed below.

  • Chemical definition: Butadiene Acrylonitrile
  • Rubber Resin Balls - BunaTemperature range: -30°F/-34°C to 250°F/121°C
  • Good adhesion to metals
  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Good solvent resistance
  • Excellent oil resistance
  • 200-3000 psi tensile range
  • Good resilience and compression set
  • 600% max elongation
  • 20-95 Shore A durometer range
  • ASTM D-2000 Classification: BF, BG, BK

Buna Rubber Resin Ball Applications

Versatile and petro-resistant, Buna works well in sealing applications. Buna balls withstand some of the most demanding automotive applications, as well as those listed below.

  • Marine fuel systems
  • Hydraulic and water systems
  • Oil resistant applications
  • Automotive and aircraft manufacturing

Viton Rubber Characteristics

A fluoroelastomer polymer, Viton rubber is known for its performance under high heat and corrosive environments. Exceptional in oil, fuel, and mineral acid applications, Viton is quite universally resistant, especially compared to Buna. See below for a more comprehensive listing of Viton properties.

      • Resistance: oxidation, UV, weather, fungus, mold, oxidation
      • Temperature range: 400°F/204°C to 600°F/315°C
      • Rubber Resin Balls - VitonExcellent heat and sunlight stability
      • Good abrasion and tear resistance
      • Resists fuel and chemicals well
      • Excellent solvent and oil resistance
      • Good compression set
      • 300% max elongation
      • 500-2000 psi tensile range
      • 60-90 Shore A durometer range
      • ASTM D-2000 Classification: HK

Viton Rubber Resin Ball Applications

Reliable in extreme heat and weather, Viton works well in demanding sealing applications, including aerospace and fuel/engine systems. Additional applications and industries include:

      • Automotive manufacturing and seals
      • Aerospace seals, valves, and pumps
      • Food industry
      • Pharmaceuticals

Precision Plastic Ball offers both Buna and Viton rubber balls, each of which host numerous benefits and application-specific characteristics. In general, Viton provides a greater temperature range, especially high heat, while Buna can be more cost effective and suitable for many common applications.

With our more than 60 years of experience, we will assist you in determining the best fit for your project. Not only do we offer Buna and Viton, but also a wide selection of materials for countless advantages.

Learn more about Precision Plastic Ball’s Rubber Resin Balls by clicking the button below or contact our team today about our custom resin ball solutions.

Precision Plastic Ball: A Proud Minority Business Enterprise

1968 was a wrenching year for Chicago, characterized by economic blight and civil turmoil rooted in the Martin Luther King, Jr. assassination and many other social factors. Rising out of this upheaval was the Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council (Chicago MSDC).

The Chicago MSDC began as a group of local leaders whose goal was to unite minority business enterprises (MBEs) and forge partnerships with big corporations and government agencies alike. They wanted to offer hope to the community, struggling to succeed at a time when the whole world seemed to be pulling down around them.

The council was effective then, and it’s still working today. As the Chicago MSDC approaches their 50th anniversary, their success is more evident than ever — with over 1,100 participating minority businesses and more than $3 billion in related purchases reported per year.

What Does This Certification Mean for You?

msdcWhen you support a Chicago MSDC certified business, you help the network as a whole succeed and grow. A few of their objectives include:

• Increasing the number of MBEs and connecting them with each other and outside corporations

• Helping MBEs to secure mergers and alliances for mutually beneficial relationships

• Educating participants to improve technological skills for enhanced competition

• Serving as a resource to help MBEs advance and grow their businesses

With goals like these, the Chicago MSDC promotes the value of diversity for buyers and sellers across industries. As communication technology improves, MBEs continue to grow their connections to each other and the business community as a whole.

Precision Products for Chicago and Beyond

At Precision Plastic Ball, we are proud of our Chicago MSDC certification as a bona fide MBE. The Chicago MSDC not only dedicates itself to sustaining and growing minority-owned businesses; the group also provide tools and educational resources to help encourage diversity in all different industries.

As a minority-owned company, we strive to expand our presence, producing products for a broad array of clients and industries. We offer plastic and steel balls that are precision-fabricated to meet virtually any customer specification. Our manufacturing capabilities include plastic resin balls, rubber resin balls, alloy balls, hollow steel balls, registration spheres, and a host of other products.

Our products cover an expanding scope of industries and capabilities — from personal care products, bearings, and fluid handling to food industry and medical applications. As our client base grows, we are proud of our partnership with the Chicago MSDC and their commitment to ensuring the growth and success of minority-owned businesses.

If you would like to learn more about our Chicago MSDC certification, you can view our certification here; or, if you would like to speak to a member of our team, contact us today.

PPB Made Target’s Winter Wonderland Wonderful

The holiday season — the time of the year for hot cocoa, joy, peace, love, family, and… consumer research?

Maybe not for you, but it is for Target.

In early December of last year, the retail giant opened “Wonderland!”, what they described as a “retail spectacle.” The 16,000 square foot space was located in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan and remained open until December 22.

The most recent example of Target’s consumer and market outreach programs in the New York City area, “Wonderland!” was designed to experiment with blending in-store and online shopping, test unique shopping methods, and poll shoppers on their changing shopping habits and preferences.

Due to the timing of the spectacle, “Wonderland!” was winter- and Christmas-themed, even getting its name from the cherished carol “Winter Wonderland.” Target Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Jones described the space to Fortune magazine as a Christmas store that Willy Wonka, Dr. Seuss, and even Santa Claus himself would design together.

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One of the main focal points of the pop-up store wasn’t a highly coveted holiday gift item or even an emerging shopping technology. It was the ball pit, purely for the fun of visiting children. The pit was designed around a life-sized replica LEGO ship sailing on a white iridescent sea of snow. That snow was made of high-quality plastic balls. Target sourced those balls from — who else — Precision Plastic Ball.

For “Wonderland!,” Precision Plastic Ball supplied 30,000 plastic balls. Precision Plastic Ball can manufacture lightweight, flexible, hollow plastic balls out of an array of food- and contact- safe plastics, in virtually any color, and in sizes up to six inches in diameter. These types of balls are ideal for ball pits and other play applications — this would be particularly beneficial to any company that hosts children’s parties, or other related events.

Though the happiness of children is very important to us here at Precision Plastic Ball, balls for ball pits are far from our only offerings. High-quality precision balls from Precision Plastic Ball support industry, drive research and development efforts across disciplines, and even do their part to help save the planet.

To learn how, download “Precision Shade Balls: Shade Balls in 2016,” our newest free eBook, today.

Greenbuild: Building a Brighter Future For Sustainability Through Shade Ball Education

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is an annual, three-day event connecting thought leaders in sustainable building from around the world. Greenbuild 2015, held in Washington D.C. in October, featured educators, exhibitors, speakers, volunteers, and vendors all coming together to network and share the latest innovations and inspirations in sustainable building.

One of the most popular topics at this year’s Greenbuild conference was the ongoing effort to enhance water protection and combat California’s historic drought; one of the latest innovations in this space is the precision shade ball. Made of thin, high density polyethylene, these small water ballasts, about 4” in diameter, line the surface of reservoirs to block the sunlight that causes evaporation.

Protecting Resources from Evaporation

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) found that reservoirs lose more water to evaporation than they do to human use. Therefore, protecting these water sources is critical to ensuring that the resources last for as long as possible. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) added 9,000,000 shade balls to the Los Angeles Reservoir to blanket the surface and mitigate evaporation.

In addition to preventing evaporation, shade balls deter birds and reduce the occurrence of bromate. Birds that could contaminate drinking water with organic waste or sustain injury from dwelling in wastewater generally avoid reservoirs lined with shade balls. Bromate, a suspected carcinogen, forms when bromide and chlorine react with sunlight. Shade balls block up to 90% of sunlight, preventing this reaction and protecting human drinking water resources.

Developing New Ideas for a Better World

“Greenbuild brought together industry experts and bold new ideas for a better world,” said Anik Shah, President of shade ball manufacturer Precision Plastic Ball Company. “I enjoyed spreading the word on our Shade Ball product, saving drinking water one drop at a time.”

During the exposition portion of Greenbuild 2015, visitors frequently stopped by Shah’s booth to ask about shade balls. Some of the most common questions included:

  • Why are they black?
  • Don’t they fly away?
  • How long do they last?
  • Is there any leaching from the plastic or color?
  • How do they prevent algae growth?
  • Are they cost effective?

Precision Plastic Ball Company is committed to helping companies become more sustainable through shade ball technology. To learn the answers to these frequently asked questions and the benefits of shade balls, we invite you read more in our eBook, “Shade Balls in 2016.”

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