Solving Friction and Wear Challenges with Engineering Plastics Webinar


Wear-related failures are one of the leading causes of machine downtime. Equipment designers have a wide range of choices when selecting among plastic materials for wear applications including UHMW polyethylene, acetal, nylon, and a variety of other polymers. Many of these plastics are available in “lubricated” grades, engineered to lower friction and extend wear life under certain conditions.

This webinar provides an overview of plastic material selection for friction and wear applications. The intention is to help machinery designers choose the best polymer formulation to optimize wear performance while controlling material cost.

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Webinar Topics Include:

  • Mechanisms of polymer wear
  • The role of mating metal parts in polymer wear
  • Sliding wear applications
  • Abrasive wear applications
  • Plastics for rolling contact (wheels and rollers)
  • Applications that involve repeated impacts
  • Additives and fillers for improved friction and wear performance
Dr. Keith Hechtel shares examples of common wear-related failures and a step-by-step process for choosing plastic materials for friction and wear applications.

Presented by Dr. Keith Hechtel

Dr. Keith Hechtel is Senior Director of Business Development for Curbell Plastics, Inc., based in Orchard Park, NY. Dr. Hechtel is a recognized speaker on plastic materials and plastic part design. He has conducted numerous presentations for engineers, designers, and fabricators in both industrial and academic settings.

With degrees in geology, industrial technology, and business administration, plus 25-plus years of plastics industry experience, Keith leads the Curbell Plastics Business Development team and offers a unique and practical perspective to material selection and application counseling. He has helped hundreds of businesses achieve quality improvements and cost savings through the use of performance plastics.