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Having a Ball at the TED Conference

By now, you’ve probably heard about Precision Plastic Ball Company and how our products are used for all sorts of different applications.

You may know about our high-quality medical ball bearings and our fuel- and oil-resistant premium-grade polyurethane balls.

You may have even heard of our plastic shade balls manufacturing capabilities, which can greatly benefit the environment during times of drought.

But for now, we want you to forget all of those formal applications and focus on something really important: how do you make the best quality ball pit for grown-ups to play in? The planners of the upcoming TED conference needed to know — and they contacted us to figure it out.

Not Just for Kids Anymore

TED began long before the internet age at a conference in 1984 — but their focus has always been on cutting edge ideas and technology. Today, TED is responsible for an ever-growing number of viral videos and high-profile events.

For the 2016 conference in Vancouver, Canada, the organizers at PDW, Inc. came up with an idea: why not build a ball pit with a beach vibe for all the attendees to enjoy?

While the concept may conjure visions of children’s play spaces, creating a new spin on old ideas is part of what people love about TED conferences and talks.

Making this a reality took balls — 33,500 of them, to be exact, filling a space measuring 462 square feet. Our team needed to manufacture 33,500 balls to fill a 462 square foot space and deliver the entire set to the conference site.

After delivery, conference organizers filled the pit with the plastic balls and some decorative beach balls were added to the mix. Conference participants were able to jump in and feel like a kid again, with only one important rule that everyone needed to follow, which was conveyed by a sign nearby: Please Take Off Your Shoes.

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Photo: Ryan Lash / TED

The Fun Was On Us

We were pleased to provide the perfect plastic balls to help make the Vancouver TED conference even more fun and memorable. Available in virtually every type of materials, from plastics, thermoplastics, and rubbers to metal, fluorocarbons, laminates, and much more, our balls can be used for an extremely wide range of functions.

As demonstrated here, there is virtually no limit to what our products can do — including shade balls in California, which were developed to help ease the drought. To request a quote or learn more about how we can put our capabilities to work for you, please contact us today.

What To Know About Precision Polymer Radiation in 2016

In order to support healthcare applications, implements such as medical ball bearings must be of the highest quality and carefully constrained purity. This is critical in making sure that both the short-term and long-term patient outcomes are maximized. Because of this, healthcare practitioners must rely on a manufacturer that is able to meet the strict and demanding requirements of the medical and laboratory industries. There are a few important factors to consider, including the below.

Effects of Irradiation

Medical devices comprised of plastic polymers can either be enhanced or compromised through radiation effects. Irradiation interacts with polymers in one of two ways:

  • Chain Scission: compromises or reduces tensile strength and elongation
  • Crosslinking: actually increases tensile strength, but decreases elongation

Meeting Legal Standards

All medical grade equipment introduced to the body must meet uncompromising standards. Proper polymer sterilization is essential in the healthcare industry to prevent disease and minimize the risk of infection during surgery.

In order to ensure safe, effective surgical implants and implements, there are two strict quality standards that manufacturers must comply to in the United States:

  • S. Code of Federal Regulations CFR Title 21, Part 820
  • ISO 13485:2003

These standards address quality management for manufacturing medical-grade equipment and ensure that production, design, storage, packaging, labeling and maintenance of all devices used in the human medical intervention are up to code.

Maximizing Material Evaluation

The antioxidants and stabilizers often added to surgical grade polymers can often have negative effects on a given polymer’s physical appearance or even its mechanical properties. Because of this, radiation stability of particular polymers must be thoroughly understood and properly utilized by surgeons and technicians who work with such surgical polymers.

In order to do this, proper record-keeping and a thorough history of the component’s parts and processes must be strictly monitored to ensure that patients are not improperly matched with polymers or surgical components that are unsafe or improperly treated.

For more information about the importance of choosing proper medical devices, and what factors to consider when doing so, download our free eBook, “Precision Polymer Radiation.”


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Contact the Precision Plastic Ball team today with any further questions regarding your medical grade ball, or other plastic ball, needs.

 

Precision Plastic Ball Heads to Greenbuild Expo 2015

Hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greenbuild is the largest green building expo and conference in the world, held annually since 2002.

The USGBC and Greenbuild are dedicated to bringing professionals, field experts, and industry leaders who are dedicated to building using green practices together, allowing them to share ideas, innovations, and sustainable building practices.

The three-day event includes an expansive exhibitor floor, Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) workshops, showcases, speakers, a plenary talk, and more.

Greenbuild 2015 will be held later this month, from November 18 to 20, in the Washington Convention Center in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. For the first time, Precision Plastic Ball (PPB) will be joining Greenbuild as an exhibitor.

PPB will be on hand — in Booth 2712 at the Water Pavilion — to demonstrate and promote our Shade Balls. Shade Balls are hollow plastic balls made to float on liquid surfaces. Manufactured from BPA- and HDPE-Free material, approved by both the FDA and the National Science Foundation (NSF), Shade Balls are designed to be used in lakes, reservoirs, and other human drinking water sources, to:

  • Reduce water loss via evaporation
  • Prevent algal blooms, which plague reservoirs particularly when they are at low-capacity levels
  • Reduce airborne pollutants
  • Discourage animals from entering or spoiling the water
  • Prevent harmful chemical reactions such as bromate formation

Environmental awareness is truly important to the PPB team. We’re all very much anticipating the positive energy and discussion at this event, and are proud to add PPB’s Shade Balls to the mix of innovative products being represented.

precision-plastic-pongStop by Booth 2712 at the Water Pavilion to visit us. There, you’ll be able to learn more about Shade Balls and the rest of PPB’s product line, play a game of Precision beer pong, and have a drink.

We’ll also be offering special access to our eBook, “The Story Behind Shade Balls”.

To learn more about PPB and Shade balls in the weeks before Greenbuild, or contact us today.

 

Benefits of Using HDPE

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a derivative of diphenymethane. Produced from petroleum, BPA is a carbon-based, synthetic compound.

BPA is used to make polycarbonate thermoplastics and BPA epoxy resins, which can be found in a huge variety of applications: paint, coatings, industrial molds, CDs and other data discs, in electronics, water bottles, food containers, and so much more.

BPA derived products can be found in every part of human life. It is also very dangerous.

bpaebookDangers of BPA

Nearly a thousand independently conducted and peer reviewed studies have linked BPA to a host of diseases and conditions. These include, but are not limited to:

• Lipid metabolism (obesity)

• Aneuploidy leading to Down’s syndrome, other birth defects, and even miscarriage

• Cancers, including breast and prostate cancer

• Elevated rates of liver toxicity, diabetes, and heart disease

BPA causes these issues in humans — more than 90% of the population — when it enters their bodies. BPA has been proven to undergo hydrolysis and leech out of or migrate from their original materials.

For example, a plastic water bottle made with polycarbonate thermoplastic will leech BPA into the fluid it contains; BPA particles will migrate from a plastic takeout container or the epoxy coating of a sealed can into the food held inside of it. Some studies are seeing results that suggest BPA may even be absorbed through the skin on contact.

Benefits of HDPE

With the growing body of evidence, it is apparent that BPAs should be avoided. Given how widespread BPA materials are it may seem like an insurmountable challenge, but the answer is as simple as a change in material.

High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is, like BPA, a material derived from petroleum. The difference is that HDPE plastics are completely free from BPA and are therefore safe for applications that directly impact humans.

At Precision Plastic Ball, we are proud to manufacture a number of BPA free and FDA approved HDPE plastic balls specifically for such applications.

Our BPA free HDPE plastic balls are suitable for many industries, such as the food industry, which manufactures products explicitly for human consumption. They can be used for mixing, liquid flow control, and more.

We also manufacture BPA free balls made from other materials, such as polypropylene and polystyrene. Balls of these materials are excellent for use in the medical field and can be used in mixing applications, valve and flow control, and chemical handling, to name a few.

To help you keep your customers safe and healthy, Precision has published “BPA-Free HDPE Balls for Personal Care, Food, Medical, and Laboratory Industries,” a new eBook. Download your free copy today to learn more about the harmful effects of BPA and how working with Precision can help you avoid them.



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Struggling with Fraction Conversions?

 

For some, converting fractions to decimals or decimals to fractions is easy. For others, it is more difficult or even a chore.

Where you fall on that scale depends on a number of things. Your natural mathematics or memorization abilities, the number of fractions you need to convert, the amount of other things on your plate, and your stress levels all factor in to how challenging a fraction to decimal conversion could be.

Most of us have many things on our mind, many concerns demanding our attention, and many things to get done in a single day. In a fast paced production environment, people simply do not have the time to sit down and work out equations. If you have a piece of equipment with ball bearings that are due to be replaced, you want to be able to place an order quickly so that you can turn your attention to the next pressing matter, and the next after that.

Capture_Fraction_Conversion_ChartTo help remove the stress and guesswork from fraction to decimal conversions, we have created a free Fraction Conversion Chart for you to download.

The chart features every fraction found in an inch, from the smallest measurement of 1/64 to 1 inch and everything in between, including less common fractions such as 19/64 and 23/32. In all, the Fraction Conversion Chart features more than 60 measurements laid out in a clear, easy to read format.

Download the chart for free, print it out, and post it up next to your phone or computer — you will always have the most accurate conversion at your fingertips.

Click here to download our free Fraction Conversion Chart today. Fraction to decimal conversion is not the only variable in ordering ball bearings, however. Material type, finish, and other factors all need to be considered. For more help determining which product options are best for your needs, contact us today.

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Choose Polyurethane Balls for Your Application


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Using polyester resin, with Shore hardness of 70 D, our injected molded premium-grade polyurethane balls are suited for casters, gears, sprockets, and sporting equipment. Resin exhibits fuel and oil resistance while providing high firmness, tensile, and tear properties. For your sifting or grading process, natural color resin meets terms with FDA food-contact regulations 21 CFR 177.1680 and 177.2600, making polyurethane balls a must for your manufacturing needs.

Instances like build-up or “blinding” on vibrating screens can cause serious interruptions to the day-to-day functionality of manufacturing and the loss of productivity and downtime are crucial to many industries. Our premium-grade polyurethane balls  have a much higher performance rating than typical polyurethane balls, and they last longer in harsher environments. In addition, the properties of these premium-grade polyurethane balls offer a phenomenal improvement over commonly available rubber balls, such as:poly_ball

o Solid Cast Thermoset Polyurethane – Superior to all rubber compounds.

o Extreme Abrasion Resistance – Tremendous wear life reduces maintenance.

o Non-porous. Oil, Moisture, Chemical Resistant – Fights caking and build-up; it will not deteriorate.

o Optimum Rebound Resilience and Durometer (Hardness) – Maximum cleaning action; it will not damage screens.

o FDA-approved for Dry, Aqueous and Fatty Foods – No contamination and bacteriological safe.

Find Your Ideal Product Today

If our premium-grade polyurethane balls are exactly what you’re looking for, contact us today to learn more or request a custom quote. If you keep hitting roadblocks during your research, take a look at our Ball Failure Analysis guide to make sure you’re choosing the right precision ball for your project.
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Try These App-Controlled Appliances

Living in a world of ever-changing technology means saying goodbye to the days of, “Wait. Did we turn off the coffee maker?” Today, smartphone apps control appliances by helping you keep cool or warm, baking cookies while you’re driving, and even washing your dishes. It’s all done on the go and with the touch of a button.

Read on to see our list of the greatest types of smartphone app-controlled appliances to date:

o Refrigerators – No home is complete without a refrigerator and there are several apps available to complement this staple appliance. Your smart device can be used to set up helpful refrigerator alerts. A quick notification lets users know when it time to replace food items or water filters; your app can even tell you when the fridge door is ajar. LG HomeChat lets you communicate with your appliances from your smartphone.

Laundryo Laundry Machines – Laundry can be a demanding household chore, but smart devices can help lighten the load. Several washers and dryers can be activated and monitored using an app. You will be fully aware of how much time is left on the wash or dry cycle, and you’ll receive a notification when the cycle is complete. With your app, you can also monitor the amount of detergent in the washing machine as well as the temperature setting of the dryer. The Samsung Smart Washer app allows you to control your washing machine from your smartphone.

o Dishwashers – After filling up your dishwasher, you can get the process started via smartphone or tablet devices. In addition to activating your appliance, apps will monitor the wash cycle and alert you upon completion. Control your dishwasher from your desk with the Whirlpool smart appliance app, and come home to clean plates.

Ovens – Ovens are ideal for slow-cooking or baking, but you need to carefully monitor these appliances. Oven apps can keep your cooking under control while you’re out running other errands. Whether you prefer range or wall ovens, there’s an appropriate app for you. Using an app, you can preheat the oven, set timers, and check the status of whatever you’re cooking. GE’s Connected Wall Ovens allow you to keep things under control at the touch of a button.

Kitchebo Thermostats – App controlled thermostats help you become more energy efficient by carefully monitoring your home’s temperature. Using your smart device, you can adjust the heat in your home to suit your schedule — you won’t have to waste energy needlessly. Apps can also program various automated heating settings. Honeywell, Nest and several other companies provide app controlled thermostats so you can cool or warm your home before you open the door.

o Water Heaters – Unlike people, water heaters don’t take vacations. When you’re away from home, your smart device can monitor the operation and condition of your water heater. Not only can you adjust temperatures from an app, but you can also program the water heater to shut off if you plan to take an extended trip.

o Air Conditioners – Air conditioner apps can monitor, program, and control your appliance from anywhere in your home. Additionally, these apps can track how much you’ve spent on cooling each month and offer suggestions based on your budget. You can also schedule your air conditioner to begin cooling when you’re on the way back home.

o Home Security Systems – Smart apps can be used to help keep your home secure. From your phone or tablet device, you can view live video feeds of your entire home. With motion sensor technology, you can be immediately notified when a door or window is being tampered with. You can also be alerted when smoke or carbon monoxide is detected.

o Televisions – The first television was created over a century ago and changing channels was completely manual. Thanks to the advent of the remote control, people no longer need to touch their televisions to activate them — modern technology took this concept and ran with it. Using a smartphone app, you can control every feature of your television — from sound and picture settings to sleep timers and parental locks.

Now that you can monitor your appliances with your smartphone, let us inform you about the ways Precision Plastic Ball can help keep your appliances working at it’s full potential. Our Polypropylene and HPDE balls are versatile and can be used for an array of applications, such as food processing and appliances. To learn more about how Precision Plastic Ball’s products help keep appliances working, click here to download the free ebook today.

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How to Choose the Right Manufacturer for Medical Grade Balls

Technological advancements in manufacturing have enabled modern companies to improve the efficiency and reliability of diverse medical instruments and devices. The use of precision balls and ball bearings has become more prevalent in the medical field; this is due to several benefits that can only be provided by bearings. Healthcare practitioners must rely on the best quality instruments to treat their patients, and as such, they must also rely on a manufacturer able to meet certain requirements.

This short, but crucial list of traits will help you choose which company to choose as a partner on your next product development project.choosing-partner-in-medical-device-field

1. Compliance with industrial standards

Manufacturers must provide products that meet the strict quality and purity requirements of many industrial standards. Common standards include the FDA’s Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Title 21, Part 820 and ISO 13485:2003; each pertains to the quality of products used on humans.

2. Proficiency with high and low volume production

The manufacturing partner you choose must be able to meet the fluctuating production demands of your company. Additionally, a manufacturer should be capable of offering samples, you can determine if their products will suit your applications.

3. Quick turnaround times

In the medical industry, every product need is immediate; patient lives depend on these products, and manufacturers must provide the fastest possible lead times. Many companies utilize Just-in-time (JIT) practices to ensure healthcare practitioners receive products as needed.

Choosing the right manufacturer with the right materials is key, especially for medical devices. Precision Plastic Ball is a leading manufacturer of high-quality ball bearings ideal for various medical applications. All of our medical grade balls are manufactured in separate control areas and meet the most stringent industry regulations.

For more information about choosing the right material for your project, or to learn how Precision Plastic Ball can support your Healthcare applications, check out our free eBook, “Choosing a Partner in the Medical Device Field,” or click below.
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If Precision Plastic Ball is the manufacturer for your medical grade ball needs, contact us today.

 

What to Look for in Manufacturers of Medical Grade Balls


In the medical industry, devices and instrumentation are held to a high standard.

The reason is to ensure patients are receiving the best quality healthcare possible. Manufacturers must adhere to various industrial standards in order to supply medical products to diverse companies

When manufacturing products
for medical applications, there is no room for error. Improperly made products can have serious, and sometimes fatal consequences. medical-grade-ball-bearings (more…)

PPC Balls and Hydraulic Fracking

Since its advent over six decades ago, fracking has been vital to the development of the oil and gas industry in the U.S. The use of hydraulic fracking affords industry professionals several benefits; the production of domestic oil and gas is greatly increased, and resources are recovered more efficiently—leading to lower overall costs for petrochemical companies.

Hydraulic fracking utilizes high-pressure fluids (usually a mixture of chemicals, water, and sand) to create fissures in deep rock formations, facilitating the amplified oil flow rates. Over one million fracks have taken place in the U.S. since 2012, attesting to the popularity of the process. As the use of fracking increases, so will the demand for modern tools and techniques.

To offer more versatility to our clients, Precision Plastic Ball Co. has a wide selection of products that are ideal for hydraulic fracking applications.

What are Frac Balls?

frac ballsFrac balls are precision grade balls that can be injected into a well to cause pressure build-ups underground. The resulting high pressure creates fracturing of target areas within the formation.

Frac balls come in multiple sizes and materials depending on the intended application; sometimes you will need frac balls to withstand high pressures ranging from 15,000-20,000 psi, and other times you may need frac balls designed to dissolve over time—since they can be difficult to retrieve.

Types of PPC Frac Balls

Precision Plastic Ball Co. offers several frac balls—most commonly used in control valves—that can meet all your hydraulic fracking needs.

  • Phenolic Plastic Resin Balls are exceptionally resistant to impact and abrasion, while offering superior tensile strength. Phenolic balls have a specific gravity of 1.3 – 1.75 – 1.85, and are available in sizes up to 3 ¾” (95 ¼ mm) with a tolerance of ± 0.002”. High pressure G-10 Glass Epoxy Phenolic Balls are also available.
  • Torlon High Performance Plastic Balls are amorphous polymers known for their mechanical, thermal, and chemical resistance. Torlon balls can maintain their strength and stiffness in the most demanding applications; they can continuously operate in temperatures up to 500° F, with a minimal expansion rate. These balls are available in multiple colors and sizes up to ½” (12 7/10 mm).
  • Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK) High Performance Plastic Balls are wear and chemical resistant, and has low moisture absorption. PEEK balls are able to operate at high temperatures without losing any physical properties. We offer PEEK balls in sizes ranging from 3/32” to 1” with a tolerance of ± 0.002”, and a durometer/hardness rating of 85/126.

Phenolic, Torlon, and PEEK balls are popular choices for hydraulic fracking due to their high strength and resiliency in harsh application environments. In addition to these plastic polymer balls, metal balls can also be used for hydraulic fracking.

Our metal frac balls are composed of stainless steel, carbon steel, and aluminum; the material you choose will ultimately depend on the well site and the specific application. Metal balls can provide you with added resistance to severe chemicals and temperatures, while accommodating various drilling needs. In fracking, stainless steel and aluminum balls are the most commonly used materials.

Learn More with our Frac Balls Chart

Most of the oil and gas wells in the world utilize hydraulic fracking, not just those found in America. At Precision Plastic Ball Co., we carry a large selection of precision grade balls that can aid your fracking efforts, resulting in greater in a greater yield or natural products.

With this Frac Ball Chart, you will learn more about frac balls and which his right for your application.




Our products also be used in various petrochemical applications—contact us today for more information.

Ball Alternatives

Precision-designed plastic balls are used in a wide scope of applications. They play essential roles in areas that range from instrumentation, medical, and material handling to petrochemical applications and beyond. One critical factor in ensuring the overall success of a project that employs plastic balls is choosing the most appropriate material. However, choosing the best plastic ball material has become more and more challenging. The continuing advancement of technology and manufacturing has expanded the range of available plastic materials immensely.  In fact, manufacturing grade plastics are currently available in close to 50,000 varieties. Doing the proper research ensures designers and buyers that the most appropriate and cost-effective choices can be made. Using the most appropriate plastic balls can increase the efficiency, productivity, and cost effectiveness of a product, as well as lengthen its overall lifespan.

Choosing the Best Plastics

While the number of plastic material alternatives may seem daunting, specific applications will often demand specific types of plastic balls. Furthermore, every plastic ball is designed with specialized purposes in mind, with most applications able to accommodate a number of varying materials. Buyers must weigh all the appropriate variables when making their plastic ball purchases and one of the most important factors is cost.  While the quality of plastic balls is often seen as a paramount consideration, cost factors must often be kept in mind as well. So, the question that designers and buyers must contend with often boils down to this: which plastic balls fulfill the quality requirements of an application while providing the most reasonable price?

Fortunately, when cost is a critical factor, there are a number of materials that provide excellent performance at substantial savings. A number of examples are listed below for several different industries. Each contains commonly used plastic ball types for various industries and includes alternatives that perform the same job at lower prices. Sometimes the cost savings are substantial.

FDA Approved Applications

Commonly Used Material: Polymethylpentene (PMP). Commonly known as TPX, this thermoplastic polymer is fully FDA compliant.  It is used in a range of industries for many different applications. Some of its most common uses include cookware and for other uses in the food processing industry.

Lower Cost Alternative: Polypropylene (PP). Polypropylene is commonly used in households and commercial/industrial applications alike. It has a high melting point, which also makes it common in FDA approved food related applications, such as food containers and cookware. It also costs significantly less than PMP.

Petrochemicals

Commonly Used Material: Polyurethane (PUR). This commonly used polymer provides high tensile, tear, and firmness properties. It is known for its fuel and oil resistant properties, making it an excellent candidate for petrochemical applications.

Lower Cost Alternative: Teflon, or polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE).  Developed close to the same time as polyurethane, Teflon is widely known for its use in cookware and wiring.  However, its oil resistant properties also make it widely used for components in the petrochemical industry, and it costs less than polyurethane.

Fluid Handling

Commonly Used Material: Torlon, or polyamide-imides. Torlon has excellent thermal, mechanical, and chemical resistant properties.  Its performance is well-known throughout the industrial sector, and it is often used in fluid handling applications. However, the cost of this polymer can be high.

Lower Cost Alternative: Phenols, or Phenolics. These compounds are well known for their diverse industrial and household uses, and are even sometimes taken internally as dietary supplements. Phenolics are fully capable of use in the fluid handling industry as well, and are priced lower than Torlon.

There are lower-cost alternatives for many other industries as well. The following chart includes the above industries, along with several others, and lists details of how costs can be saved by using lower cost plastic products.

Industry

Commonly Used Material

Lower Cost Alternative

FDA Approved TPX Polypropylene
Petroleum Polyurethane PTFE
Fluid Handling Torlon Phenolics
Medical TPX Polystyrene
Material Handling Vespel Phenolics
Bearings Torlon PTFE
Instrumentation TPX Polypropylene

Choosing the Right Type of Precision Ball for Your Application

You have an upcoming project and your design requires the inclusion of precision balls. There are many interesting and efficient applications for precision balls. Even though your project or application will require precision balls, you must first determine the type of ball that best suits your design requirements.

Choosing the right ball material is critically important to your application process; this decision will affect the overall success of your project. Making the right choice is helpful in ensuring long product life and keeping your development costs low.

Since there’s an abundance of precision balls on the market, we thought you could use some help narrowing your options. As a reliable industry professional, Precision Plastic Ball Co. is glad to share its knowledge with you.

 

Factors to Consider Before Choosing

You should be asking a lot of questions before making your final decision, such as:

How long will the product be in use? Think of your project’s timeframe and consider what material will save you money in the long run.

What types of exposure will it endure? You’ll need to make sure the material you choose is durable enough to withstand the intended application.

Must it follow regulatory health/cosmetic guidelines? Health concerns are always important to designers—you’ll want to make sure your clients have a safe experience with the products so they’ll give you repeat business.

What particular industry are you in? Your decision might change if you work in petrochemicals, chemical processing, or bearings and mechanical usage.

Also, consider the applications for precision balls; typical applications include mechanical support, blasting/fracking, consumer products, and fluid handling.

 

Continuous Research is Key

Whenever you get a new piece of information, don’t feel like you have to trust it completely. Always try to research different sources, get different answers, and challenge that data from time to time. There are over 50,000 choices on the market for manufacturing grade plastics alone, so keeping your options open is a must. Use a healthy blend of tools to help inform your decision, such as the Precision Plastic Ball Material Application Table.

The Material Application Table is useful for getting a sense of potential choices of precision balls, including:

o   Plastic Resin, which includes High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Acetate, Acrylic, Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), Celcon, Nylatron, Nylon, Phenolic, Polycarbonate, polypropylene, Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Delrin (also known as Polyoxymethylene, a tough material with a very low friction coefficient)

o   High Performance Plastic, which includes Polyethylene (commonly called TPX), Tefzel, Torlon, Vespel,Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), Polyether Ether Ketone (PEEK),

o   Glass Filled Plastic, which includes Nylon, Delrin, Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)

o   Hollow Precision Plastic, which includes LDPE, HDPE, Polypropylene

o   Rubber Resin, which includes Natural Rubber, Polyurethane, Silicone, Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM), Neoprene

o   Alloy/Steel Precision, which includes Stainless Steel, Chrome Steel, Aluminum

o   Hollow Steel Precision, which includes Aluminum

Bear in mind that we provide numerous ball materials in addition to plastic, though plastic is a core service offering. Just keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to choose plastic.

 

Consult Material Suppliers

If you keep hitting roadblocks during your research, don’t be afraid to ask for the help of professionals—that’s why we’re here. Reach out to different manufacturers if you have a specific comment or question. The information you gain will be that much more valuable coming from industry specialists.

Precision Plastic Ball Co. is capable of providing product and engineering consultation; contact us anytime at 847-678-2255 or via email at info@precisionplasticball.com. You can also request a custom quote from our website.

We look forward to helping you find the right the product, but the ball is in your court—it’s up to you to make the best decision possible.









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