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- Enhanced bearing and wear behavior
- Good impact and fatigue resistance
- Self lubricating
- Low maintenance
- Crane Sheaves
- Chain Guides
- Boom pads
- Rail wheels
- Nylon 6 Rod is definitely our most popular engineering plastic; it has been around for years and has been given many different trade names over the years by various companies. It has become a plastic that because of it's versatility is specified, it seems, for just about everything.
- There are essentially two manufacturing processes for Nylon 6 Rod, extruded and cast. As the names suggests, extruded is manufactured by heating the polymer and forcing it through a circular die. Whereas cast Nylon 6 Rod is produced by melting the polymer and pouring into metal tubes that are capped at one end open at the top.
- Both manufacturing processes have their advantages but the few more important ones for engineers are: Extruded Nylon 6 Rod is slightly cheaper and available in diameters ranging from 6mm up to 300mm.
- Engineers report through that it seems softer and not as easy to machine as it seems more susceptible to melting during machining. Extruded Nylon 6 Rod though has the advantage in terms of it's size range and lack of any blow holes, but due to the extrusion process could possess more internal stress.
- Cast Nylon 6 Rod is reportedly more easy to machine with less internal stress due to the manufacturing process, although rare it has the minute potential for blow holes. Cast Nylon 6 Rod seems to be more stable though with a lower internal stress.
- Drilling of larger diameter cast Nylon 6 Rod presents some hazards, due to the potential of heat and vibration build-up, it most be drilled with caution. It must be drilled using very sharp drills and gradually working up using successively incremental drill sizes until the desired size is achieved.
- Coolant and a "pecking" action is also essential. Using large blunt drills with little attention to heat or vibration build-up has potential to cause the material to crack.
- A feature of all Nylon 6 Rod is that it can absorb moisture which could mean that components could grow in size if in a damp environment. This is only a factor if the finished component are exposed to operate in extremely tight tolerances.
- The majority of Nylon 6 Rod is manufactured in black or natural colours. The black not only looks better in industrial environments but often contains an additive called Molybdenumdisylphide. (MOS2) This is a graphite type self lubricant that helps black Nylon 6 Rod last longer in wear or abrasive conditions.
- Nylon 6 Rod can often be found being used for pulleys, bearings, rollers and gears etc. This is because Nylon 6 Rod is exceptionally strong. It can withstand forces up to 1 tonne per square inch as well as being very impact resistant, hard wearing and low in friction.
- If you are looking for an engineering plastic that is almost a jack of all trades then Nylon 6 Rod is probably the material for your project.
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