Curbell Plastics Technical Experts Present to Aerospace Industry

Keith Hechtel and Ryan Nelson Share Knowledge with SAE International Standards Committees

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Orchard Park, NY, October 26, 2016 – Two technical experts from Orchard Park-based Curbell Plastics, Inc., one of the nation’s premier suppliers of plastic sheet, rod, tube, film, adhesives, sealants, and prototyping materials, were invited to present at SAE International Standards committee meetings this month. The technical presentations to SAE International Standards Committees E-25, AMS-P, and A-6 focused on plastic design challenges such as: high/low temperature performance, thermal stability, friction and wear behavior, and creep and stress relaxation characteristics, as well as how new grades of high performance Dupont™ Vespel® can be used in aerospace applications. SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive, and commercial-vehicle industries.

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Ryan Nelson presenting to the SAE E-25 Standards Committee in San Antonio, TX.

Keith Hechtel, Senior Director of Business Development and Ryan Nelson, Product Specialist of Curbell Plastics delivered individual presentations to three separate committees within SAE, sharing their expertise on which plastic materials can be used safely on commercial and military aircraft. On October 3rd in San Antonio, TX they presented to the SAE E-25 committee which determines standards for aerospace propulsion systems and for the polymer materials that can be used as locking elements in aerospace fasteners. On October 11th  in San Diego, CA they presented to the SAE A-6 committee which develops standards for aerospace couplings, fittings, hose, and tube assemblies. The October 13th presentation in San Diego was to the AMS-P committee which is responsible for developing and maintaining standards for the polymer materials used on aircraft. The presentations included examples from studies conducted by NASA and academic research.

According to Hechtel, Curbell Plastics places a high value on education and technical knowledge. A high priority for us is to develop material and industry expertise for the benefit of our customers. We were pleased to be able to share our knowledge and the accumulated industry research with the aerospace industry so they can make the best choices for the systems they design for commercial and military purposes.

Curbell Plastics, Inc. strategy of investing for the long term and focusing on customer needs has led the organization to grow from a small machine shop to one of the nation's leading suppliers of plastic materials serving commercial and industrial customers since 1942. Curbell not only supplies plastic materials in nearly every form for thousands of commercial businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies but also provides innovative services, creative problem solving, and next-day delivery. Curbell Plastics has ISO 9001 certification for nine of their locations and corporate headquarters as well as ITAR and EAR compliance. A subsidiary of Curbell, Inc., Curbell Plastics is a privately held company with a 74-year history headquartered in Orchard Park, New York.