Machining metal and plastics are similar some aspects, but each have unique properties where it differs. In Part 1 of our guide to machining cast polyurethane elastomers, we look at 4 machining techniques: sawing, turning, facing, and boring: Sawing: We’ll most often use a band saw for cutting urethane because the long blades run cooler, and...Read more
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Injection molding, like it’s name hints, is when plastic granules or pellets are melted and injected under pressure to fill a mold. The mold is then cooled and reused to create exact copies of the part. In this process, hardened plastics are added to a hopper, are melted to a pliable temperature, and pushed into the...Read more
At Harkness Industries, we are proud to be part of the International Association of Plastics (IAPD) GreenScene program. The association developed this program for all member companies that are engaging environmentally friendly business and manufacturing practices. Qualifying plastics manufacturers compete an application and must earn a minimum of 100 points to qualify for GreenScene designation. The...Read more
If you’re looking for a cost-effective, tough plastics material, consider Urethane Plastic. Urethane elastomers is strong, but flexible enough to “spring” back to its original shape when bent or stretched. It’s ideal for highly stretched parts like pulley wheels, conveyor rollers, ball-bearings, bushings, and cart wheels. Benefits of urethane elastomers:Read more
- high load-bearing capacity (tension, compression, shear) ...
In October 2017, we announced that Fimor North America purchased Harkness Industries. The merger of our two companies will provide our customers exciting new possibilities in the years to come. Fimor was founded in 1977 and provides custom molded polyurethane parts and semi-finished products for numerous industries, protection applications, scrapers, and railroad infrastructure. Today, they...Read more
When you need extreme wear resistance that will outlast hardened steel by a factor of 5-1, use abrasion-resistant polyurethane liners in your next plastics manufacturing project. These polyurethane liners are ideal for harsh friction environments like bins, hoppers, turnheads, chutes, and discharges. Light-weight and noise damping, these polyurethane liners help protect your critical machinery from everyday,...Read more
December is a busy time, full of holiday activities, family gatherings, and year-end business activities. Here at Harkness, we wanted to take a break from this busy time to wish you a happy holiday season! The holidays are often a time for personal reflection and resolutions for the coming year. Take a few moments with yourself...Read more
We are pleased to announce that on October 31, 2017 Harkness Industries was purchased by Fimor North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Fimor Group. Merging our two companies will bring exciting new alternatives to our customer base. Fimor's excellence in large scale manufacturing of case polyurethane sheets will expand the offerings of the Harkness...Read more
When you need increase the strength and durability of a metal, consider bonding it with Urethane. Urethane is a resilient, non-brittle compound that can be bonded to other metals to increase their strength and durability, helping to extend the durability and life of your metal parts. A key feature of urethane, is that it has elastomeric...Read more
This month we exhibited at the 61st annual IAPD Expo in Chicago and unveiled our new tradeshow booth! It was a great show and convention in a fabulous city where we visited with old friends and met many new people to the industry. It's great to see the industry expanding like it...Read more
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