Orchard Park, N.Y., Feb. 5, 2019 – What causes plastic parts to “craze” or crack? Can plastic seals or wear guides stand up to high heat and harsh chemicals? And what really happens when a molecular chain “unzips”?
Today, Curbell Plastics — one of the nation’s top-five suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, tapes, and fabricated parts — launched its Ask a Plastics Expert video series to answer those types of questions and more.
With new releases and topics scheduled throughout 2019, the series will explore many of the inquiries that designers, engineers, plastic parts fabricators, industrial equipment manufacturers, quality control and risk managers, and others frequently pose to the Curbell Plastics team of materials experts. These experts bring together backgrounds in chemistry, industrial engineering, and other disciplines to counsel customers nationwide on material selection, complex technical challenges, and replacing metals or other materials with lightweight, cost-efficient plastics.
“We’re all excited to launch this series and provide another avenue for our customers and website visitors to learn from Curbell,” said Keith Hechtel, Senior Director of Business Development at Curbell Plastics. “It is a natural extension of our constant efforts to add value for our customers and help them make more informed buying decisions. Our hope with this video series is to provide bite-sized insights on plastic material properties and other factors — all in a format that is convenient, engaging, and enlightening for all viewers.”
“Chemical Resistance of Plastics — Four Key Factors” kicks off the series with four videos that illustrate the impacts of temperature, length of chemical exposure, internal and external stresses, and chemical concentration on a plastic material. In episodes of about two minutes each, Curbell Plastics Associate Technical Service Engineer Stephen Denny explains how these considerations come into play when selecting a plastic material for use in applications and environments that require exposure to acids, bases, solvents, and industrial chemicals.
Planned topics for the Ask a Plastics Expert video series are inspired by questions submitted through the company’s increasingly popular Ask a Plastics Expert website feature, which gives users the opportunity to submit their questions, notes, and drawings to the Curbell Plastics team of material experts.
About Curbell Plastics, Inc.
Curbell Plastics grew into one of the nation’s top-five plastic materials suppliers by investing for the long term and focusing foremost on the needs of its customers — a strategy that has set the company apart since its founding in 1942.
Curbell supplies performance plastics — durable and lightweight materials that minimize energy consumption and add value to countless commercial and industrial applications — to thousands of businesses, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies. The company also offers plastic film, adhesives, sealants, tapes, prototyping and tooling materials, and fabricated plastic parts. Its innovative services include a nationwide team of material experts to help customers solve engineering and application challenges.
Curbell Plastics, a privately held subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., has 18 locations nationwide and is based in Orchard Park, New York. It has ISO 9001 certification for nine of its locations and its corporate headquarters, and it maintains ITAR and EAR compliance company-wide.