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  1. Phenolic Frac Balls

    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

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  2. Environmental Water Test - Joquicingo, Mexico

    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.

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  3. Buna vs Viton: What’s the Difference?

    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 Rub

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  4. Precision Plastic Ball: A Proud Minority Business Enterprise

    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 purc

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  5. PPB Made Target's Winter Wonderland Wonderful

    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 n

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

    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.

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