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Plastic Materials

Dealing with material suppliers as frequently as we do, we many times wish that a specific material could be specified as being the ideal candidate for a specific application. Unfortunately, what is considered “ideal” is many times elusive. Consequently, we cannot over-emphasize the need for our customers to thoroughly test the varieties we have to offer, in the specific application they have intended the product to be used. Recently, we have seen a good amount of mixing of materials where a male buckle might be in an acetal, and the female in nylon, in order to better maximize the properties of each material. We have found this approach to be quite effective in balancing characteristics of impact resistance, water absorption and price economies.

You can not beat this material for its stiffness and tensile strength and consequently people (especially in the U.S.) prefer the “macho” feel in side release buckles. However, acetal’s biggest strength lies in its ability to resist moisture through absorption and it consequently performs very well under freezing or arid conditions. Be careful, however, acetals high stiffness can make it susceptible to impact.

Nylon offers great impact resistance under normal operating conditions. It is light, flame retardant and has a softer feel for side release buckles. When used on a typical single piece product it is not unusual to obtain a 20 – 30% increase in tensile strength over acetal. The kicker, of course, is that nylon absorbs water and under freezing conditions can become brittle.

Warning: Products shown in this catalog are not for use in any product intended to provide safety or protection to any person.

You must independently evaluate the suitability of, and test each product for their use in your application. JOHN HOWARD COMPANY disclaims any liability resulting from its use. JOHN HOWARD COMPANY’s only obligations are those in our Terms and Conditions of sale and in no case will JOHN HOWARD COMPANY be liable for any incidental, indirect, or consequential damages arising from the sale, resale, use or misuse of its products. The customer assumes all risk for the suitability for a particular purpose unless JOHN HOWARD COMPANY specifically represents in writing to the contrary.

It is the responsibility of the user to determine the proper suitability and safety of a product for any particular use. John Howard Company, Inc. suggests checking all applicable industry, trade association, federal, state and local regulations.

John Howard Company, Inc. states: converters must conduct their own end-item performance tests.