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  1. Plastic Parts & Components Machined for Automation Equipment

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    Let’s explore plastic parts machining and its potential applications within automation equipment. We will also discover why producing good quality  parts is critical in the automation industry and where to find reliable vendors with expertise in manufacturing services.

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    High-Quality Plastic Machined Components for Automation Equipment

    Today’s automation equipment is becoming increasingly advanced and thus requires high-quality plastic machined parts to work efficiently. These custom-made parts are designed for tasks requiring custom automation equipment, ensuring the process runs smoothly without any operational problems.

    • Bushings: Bushings are an essential component of many engineering projects. They help reduce friction and wear on moving parts, allowing for more efficient equipment operation. Bushings can be made from various materials, including Rulon® and acetal.
    • Guide Rails: Guide rails are a cost-efficient and reliable way to ensure precise linear movement. Made with UHMW (Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene), guide rails offer superior durability in challenging industrial environments.
    • Rollers: Rollers are essential to manufacturing equipment, such as conveyor systems. They are usually made from Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMW) or High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE).
    • Fabricated Nozzles & sprayers: These nozzles and sprayers are designed to meet each customer’s requirements and ensure precision in spraying liquids or materials, ultimately providing greater efficiency, accuracy, and cost savings.
    • Flat Panels: Flat panels, or flat sheet materials, are versatile products made with advanced automation equipment. These panels provided an ideal solution for many applications, made out of different plastics like acrylic and polycarbonate. Both materials offer superior impact resistance, strength, and durability.

    Benefits of Plastics in Automation Equipment

    Plastics are an essential part of automation equipment, providing several benefits. Plastics offer lighter-weight components that require less energy to move and operate. This can greatly reduce the power needed for operation, reducing energy costs.

    The impact resistance of plastics makes them an excellent choice for applications such as shock or vibration absorption, further reducing wear and tear on other components within the system.

    Plastic Machined Parts & Automation Equipment

    National Plastics & Seals, Inc is the perfect choice if you’re looking for top-of-the-line precision machined plastic parts. We specialize in creating exceptional-quality pieces and can rapidly produce a full range of plastic products to meet your specific needs.

    Our state-of-the-art facilities and knowledgeable staff guarantee that each customer receives the highest service and support. Whether for automation equipment or other applications, we are here for all your manufacturing needs.

    With our extensive fabrication capabilities, we ensure you get parts that exceed expectations in terms of efficiency and accuracy. So don’t hesitate to contact us today or request a free quote, and we can start your project!

  2. How Does Heat Shrink Tubing Help Electric Vehicles?

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    Electric vehicles (EVs) make up a rapidly-increasing segment of the automotive market. As green technology and environmentally friendly initiatives continue to influence the automotive industry, many large-scale original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are focusing more exclusively on EV production.

    This massive market shift places critical importance on EV batteries. Electric vehicle batteries must be properly encapsulated and secured, using specialized materials that protect from environmental conditions while increasing dielectric strength and reducing flammability. This article will discuss how to heat shrink wrap an EV battery, and the benefits heat shrink tubing delivers.

    Heat Shrink Tubing

    How to Heat Shrink Wrap a Battery

    Heat shrink tubing is an effective method of sealing and protecting electric vehicle batteries. It not only provides protection from weather conditions but short circuits as well. To shrink wrap a battery, you must follow these steps:

    Choosing Heat Shrink

    While many types of heat shrink are available, a large diameter, thin PVC heat shrink is an effective choice for EV battery applications.

    Sizing the Heat Shrink Tubing

    Heat shrink is available in rolls and is measured by its expanded inside Diameter (ID) and recovered ID. To calculate the size needed for a given application, the perimeter of the battery must be calculated. Most heat shrink has a shrink ratio of 2:1 and should be less than twice the battery’s size. It’s important to choose a size that will fit snugly on the battery.

    Benefits of Using Heat Shrink Tubing on Electric Vehicle Batteries

    Heat shrink tubing delivers many significant benefits for electric vehicle batteries. For example, it provides reliable protection against many types of challenging environmental conditions. Without exposure to factors such as humidity, oils, grease, chemicals, and other substances, the battery along with its wiring and cables can perform optimally for much longer. Other benefits include:

    • Insulation. Heat shrink tubing provides an additional layer of non-conductive insulation between the battery and anything that might come into contact with it. Thicker insulation facilitates better energy transmission and adds an additional level of safety.
    • Cable stress reduction. Wiring and cables receive increased mechanical support and protection against exposure to environmental conditions when heat shrink tubing is used. Heat shrink also ensures cables aren’t stretched or confined to areas of insufficient space.
    • Corrosion resistance. While the metals used in cables and wiring can be made to be corrosion-resistant, insulating them with a reliable material is the only way to ensure they are fully protected from corrosion. Heat shrink tubing is highly effective at protecting batteries and wires from corrosion.


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    Why Our Clients Choose National Plastics and Seals for Heat Shrink Tubing Electric Vehicle Batteries

    National Plastics and Seals has over 30 years of experience delivering heat shrink tubing solutions. We offer a comprehensive selection of heat shrink tubing products, including a wide range of shrink ratios, materials, sizes, and colors.

    Value-Added Services

    To meet the unique needs of each application, we offer several value-added services, including:

    • Cut to length. Utilizing state-of-the-art tube cutting machines, National Plastics and Seals cuts heat shrink tubing to any desired length from spools or 4 ft. sticks.
    • Printing and marking. Customer part numbers, serialization, and sequential numbering can be added using the latest heat shrink printing technology.
    • Customer requirements. We comply with PPAP, REACH, COC, RoHS, and other material certifications. We can also meet military and major commercial specifications.

    National Plastics and Seals supplies heat shrink tubing with inside diameters that range from 3/64 in. to 6 in., and lengths ranging from 4 ft. to 1,000 ft. spools. Heat shrink solutions from National Plastics and Seals meet stringent international specifications and deliver high flexibility even in low-temperature conditions. Our products help protect against punctures, ultraviolet radiation, diesel, petrol, and many other chemicals, which is extremely important for EV batteries. Additionally, the broad selection of color options we carry allows for easy wire color-coding.

    National Plastics and Seals for Heat Shrink Tubing Solutions

    Batteries used in electric vehicle applications are exposed to many challenging environmental conditions that can be highly damaging. Heat shrink tubing safeguards against these risks and helps ensure a longer and more reliable battery and wire lifespan. As an industry leader in precision fabricated plastic components, National Plastics and Seals delivers highly effective heat shrink tubing solutions that meet even the most stringent specifications. Learn more about our products and services by requesting a quote today.