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Nylon

Nylon is the generic nomenclature for a family of synthetic polymers more accurately defined as linear polyamides. This versatile material can be used to create shapes, incredibly durable fiber, and also films with various applications. Famously developed by DuPont chemist Wallace Crothers in 1935, Nylon polymers have found a wide variety of commercial uses since development.

This material exhibits the following desirable characteristics:

  • Exceptional durability and strength
  • High degree of elasticity
  • Low moisture absorbency
  • Resistant to abrasion and other common types of wear and tear
  • Can be dyed in a wide range of colors
  • Easy to wash
  • Not damaged by oil and many other common industrial chemicals
  • Resistance to mold and mildew

Some common applications of this wonder material are as follows:

Fibers

Nylon is the most commonly used material in the textile industry today. Originally used as a replacement for silk and hemp, the unique attributes it possesses led to its application in the manufacture of tires, tents, ropes, nets, ponchos, parachutes, back packs, shoes, gloves, carpet, and much more. Being spun into a fiber is undoubtedly its most important application in the world of manufacturing today.

Shapes

Nylon resins are processed through injection molding, casting, and extrusion methods and serve an important purpose in the manufacture of specific engine components in the automobile industry. In addition to serving this important role in the automobile industry, Nylons are also used to produce many mechanical parts such as screws and fasteners which were originally produced with various metals. This über-material is also of particular use in the fast developing world of 3D Printing-Additive Manufacturing. Nylon is also used in the manufacture of various types of cookware such as spatulas, cooking spoons, etc. due to its high heat-resistance and relatively high melting point.

Films

Nylon-based films are used primarily in the food packaging industry, particularly in meat packaging, in order to create an oxygen barrier and maintain freshness.

Fun Fact: Nylon guitar strings were developed in great part due to classical guitar legend Andre Segovia’s interest in them. After being presented a set of such strings by General Lindeman of the British Embassy in the 1940s, one of Segovia’s good friends introduced him to string maker Albert Augustine who then perfected the Nylon string production process.


Whatever your Nylon manufacturing needs may be, Source International can assist you from initial Product Development to First Production to In-process Quality Control to Shipping. Contact us today to find out how we can help you save time and money while increasing overall efficiency and product quality.

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August 2, 2016