Tag Archives: Polyurethane

Homerun for Harkness!

  We wanted to share an interesting, successful project we worked on recently with our client, ProBatter Sports. ProBatter Sports has been designing and supplying state-of-the-art pitching systems since 1999. Mike Suba, VP of Engineering came to Harkness with two goals in mind: 1) Improving the performance of the urethane in ProBatter’s current pitching system and 2)...
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New Gaskets for Old Equipment

Finding parts for old equipment can be difficult or even impossible depending upon the age. So when a machine is still capable of years of performance yet a gasket goes that can't be found the answer is to get a new one custom made to continues the life of the equipment. At Harkness Industries,...
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Prototype? Cast Urethane is Ideal

Injection molding is great for high volumes, but when it comes to small runs, what you really need is a cast urethane process. That's what makes it ideal for prototypes. Cast urethane processes are fast and cost-effective so whether it's the medical equipment industry or robotics, a durable plastic component can be made quickly at a...
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Molding – Understanding the Difference Between Injection and Cast

Your project is unique to your needs and determining which process to use comes down to a few key differences in the production processes between urethane cast molding and injection molding. First, let's consider the similarities: Both processes allow for a multitude of colors, soft or rigid durometeres and the ability to "wrap" or cast around...
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Polyurethane = Ultimate Versatility

One of the properties of polyurethane that makes it so incredibly popular and versatile is the range of hardness it exhibits. Whether hard as rock or eraser soft, this material can be formed and molded into nearly limitless shapes while delivering the right amount of hardness for the application. While rubber can be...
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Rubber Versus Polyurethane

Which material is better? As with most material selection questions, the answer is "it depends". Both materials have their place but which material is actually superior? In the case of tires, seals, and some belts, rubber is the best material. In the case of bushings, spacers, and high load components, polyurethane is the better choice. Read more

Jumbo Pour!

Harkness grows its aerospace business by expanding into Guerin urethane forming pads in a big way! In March 2015, Harkness produced a “Jumbo” forming pad for an 800 ton press. The 50” diameter x 10” thick pad weighed more than 900 pounds once completed and became single largest part that Harkness has ever manufactured. Guerin pad forming...
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The Pros and Cons of Cold vs. Hot Runner Molds

Every plastic part starts in a mold.   Molds are classified into two main types, cold runner and hot runner.  Each has its advantages and disadvantages.   Your plastic injection molder will be able to give you the costs and benefits of using these different systems.  However, by understanding the key differences of these technologies, you...
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