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Nylon Rod is an excellent engineering plastic that is probably one of the most famous and popular materials that since its invention has proven its credentials as the number one all round plastic in engineering. Over the years Nylon Rod has kept evolving with requirements and advances to keep ahead of other materials.
Nylon Rod Differences:
Nylon 66 has very minor advantages in higher temperatures and is slightly harder but is slightly more expensive and has a reduced size range. Nylon 6 Rod has greater elasticity, better weather resistance and a greater size range and is more economical but is slightly softer and has a slightly lower temperature resistance.
Nylon Rod Typical Uses:
Because of its inherent properties, Nylon Rod as an engineering plastic seems to be everywhere and able to perform a seemingly limitless list of tasks. It is used for bearings, bushes, pulleys, wheels, rollers, wear guides etc. Nylon Rod is found in most modern machinery that requires moving parts to have a smooth, long lasting and trouble free performance. Nylon Rod is found in heavy industry and manufacturing industry to help with high load bearings and material transfer.
One key use for Nylon Rod is for the manufacture of gears, it is easy to machine and an excellent resistance to wear but another important advantage of Nylon Rod over other materials is that it will reduce gear noise dramatically and absorb shock and vibration, many modern cars use Nylon gears within their power steering systems. Another popular use for Nylon Rod is Nylon pulleys, this is because Nylon can withstand high pressure over its surface and provide a quick and economical pulley that will last much longer than other materials and Nylon will also cause little damage to mating parts.
Nylon Rod Advantages:
Without doubt, Nylon Rod has transformed industry over the years and consistently becomes ever more specified as out dated traditional materials become more expensive and unable to match engineering plastics. Nylon Rod has a very low coefficient of friction as well as excellent abrasion resistance. It is also much lower in weight which has its own unique advantages as well as its initial cost is very much lower than traditional materials further reducing costs and saving customers money.
Nylon Rod can withstand extreme pressures, up to one tonne per square inch, which means that even components that involve very heavy loads are handled quite easily by Nylon Rod. Although not a key advantage, it must be remembered that Nylon Rod will resist most chemicals which would normally corrode materials such as steel or other metallic products. Although Nylon Rod is manufactured using petrochemical derivatives it does not suffer as much as other commodities with tremendous price fluctuations. Another advantage of Nylon Rod is its electrical insulation, most engineering plastics are very good insulators of both electricity and heat to some extent which can in the event of an electrical failure save potentially highly damaging connected equipment being destroyed.
Nylon Rod will also provide components that require lower ongoing maintenance in terms of lubrication as some grades incorporate Nylon self lubricants, this helps where maintenance or access to bearing areas is difficult.
Nylon Rod Points to Remember:
Nylon Rod will absorb some moisture over a period of time which means that components can expand which must be taken into consideration when designing products. As an engineering plastic Nylon Rod must be machined correctly using very sharp tools and correct coolant along with critical speed and feed rates. When machining Nylon Rod, it is important to keep heat and sonic machining vibration down as large cast Nylon Rod will crack if correct machining procedures are not adhered to.
Nylon Rod Temperature Ranges:
Nylon Rod has a working temperature range that starts as low as -30°C up to a maximum temperature of 100°C. This is for when the Nylon Rod is being expected to resist on a constant basis, if the Nylon Rod is only being used at higher temperatures on a short term basis, the Nylon Rod can withstand as high as 180°C, but remember this is for Nylon Rod being used for short time periods.