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This Week VOL 10

How To Work With 
Polycarbonate Sheet.  VOL 4

Dive into the world of plastics and get an in-depth look on how to properly work with your TUFFAK sheet to maximize the product's potential. This week we take a look into brake bending, cold forming, and annealing your sheet for TUFFAK. Click below to be directed to our weekly rendition of the Plaskolite TUFFAK Manual!
Please remember MSC is always available to make joint calls or visit any of your fabricators to address questions about working with TUFFAK Polycarbonate Sheet.

The entire version of the Plaskolite Fabrication Manual can be downloaded here

Over the past few months the three largest “New” phenolic or glass melamine machined parts orders to Atlas Fibre will each receive a $100 gift card from MSC Plastics. We would like to congratulate the following orders!

Lea Ann Sembera - Boedeker Plastics

DJ Jantz - Curbell Plastics

Ryan Shinabery - Curbell Plastics

Plastic Innovations in the Automobile Industry

Thermoplastic door a first for automotive composites

Automotive OEMs and Tier 1s are grappling with the need to reduce vehicle mass to meet fuel economy and carbon emission targets. Composite materials have the potential to contribute significantly to this light-weighting push in many areas, but cost, design issues, unfamiliar processing and competition from other materials continue to present obstacles. To overcome these, many projects are investigating how composites can be integrated into multi-material automotive structures for maximum benefit.

Bathroom Solutions

Looking for the perfect acrylic spa and bath solution? Check out Plaskolite's Lucite collection of continuous cast acrylic sheet. Also known as OPTIX-XL Spa and OPTIX-XL bath in some markets, this cross-linked acrylic is used in the finest spa and bath designs. With timeless solids and complex patterns, these products offer a luxurious finish to any vision of relaxation.
Quadrant QuickSilver

Truck Bed Liners
Looking for a material that protects your truck bet whilst improving its overall function? Check out Quadrant's QuickSilver line. QuickSilver® high-performance dump truck liners are designed to clean-out and clean-up of some of the toughest materials including hot asphalt in the very worst conditions. From winter freeze to summer heat, QuickSilver® truck liners release sticky materials, meaning faster load release, less equipment damage, reduced chance of tip-over, less wear on hoists, minimal clean-upand reduced downtime. On-road, off-road or heavy equipment, Quadrant's got a QuickSilver® liner for you.
Basic Performance Understanding
Elastic Behavior
The stress/strain behavior of a plastic differs from that of a metal in several respects, as can be seen in Figure 3.

  • The yield stress is lower
  • The yield strain is higher
  • The slope of the stress/strain curve may not be constant below the yield point

The modulus as determined using standard tests is generally reported as the ratio of stress to strain at the origin of loading up to 0.2% strain. The effects of time, temperature and strain rate generally require consideration due to the viscoelasticity of plastics. Strains below 1% remain within the elastic limits of most engineering plastics and therefore allow analysis based upon the assumption that the material is linearly elastic, homogeneous, and isotropic. Another common practice is to design components so that the maximum working stress is 25% of the material’s strength. This also minimizes plastics’ time-dependent stress/strain behavior.

Check out more with Quadrant's Design and Fabrication Guide here
Here at MSC, we are always striving to connect with our customers and industry partners. During each edition of our bi-weekly newsletter, we will feature one member of our team or yours and get to know a little more about them and their role within the industry! Check out this week feature!
Patrick Benko
McInerney Sales Company

1. What Company do you work for and how long have you been there?

I work for McInerney Sales Company. I have been with the company for about a year now!

2. What name/nickname do you prefer to be called?

Pat, Patrick, Patty...I answer to just about anything.

3. If you could write your own job title that best describes what you do here, what would it be?

Marketing Manager, Content Creator..etc. I typically work on the Marketing side of MSC and help come up with promotional content to help people better understand how we can benefit them!

4. What do you enjoy most about the work you do?

I enjoy taking content that could otherwise be considered mundane or confusing and present it in a fresh look that makes it a little more exciting!

5. What is one of the biggest challenges you see in your job/industry and how would you fix it if you could?

It can be hard to reach new folks in the industry and capture their attention. With the use of social media and stronger visuals I would like to think slowly we are gathering new notice and expanding the MSC name! 

6. What are your hobbies?

I usually say running is a major hobby, however, one could consider it to just be a major fast walk these days...I also enjoy catching up on current movies, and experiencing the world around us!

The plastics industry is the third largest manufacturing industry in the United States, providing significantly to the nation’s economy.

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