Growing use of engineered plastics in plant and equipment for the construction, agriculture and quarrying industry will see international polymer solutions specialist Nylacast exhibiting at major construction equipment event Plantworx in Leicestershire this June.
Nylacast’s engineered plastic components have become increasingly attractive to the sector as they increase performance, efficiency and safety. The benefits include less maintenance and lower whole life costs. Polymers weigh less, suffer from less corrosion, are self-lubricating and can deliver better performance than steel, aluminium or bronze.
The company, which manufactures in Leicestershire, will showcase its ability to develop bespoke engineered materials and component manufacturing capabilities for construction industry equipment with examples of a range of tailored components that have been developed for use in applications across the industry from wear pads, hose and cable handling rollers to bushes and bearings.
Mussa Mahomed, Nylacast Group CEO, said: “The advantages that engineering polymers provide to plant and equipment manufacturers serving the construction industry have made this a significant and growing market for us. Our team work with leading construction equipment manufacturers to ensure their success in projects involving polymer based materials and components.”
The versatile strength of Nylacast components sees them used more today than ever in applications such as Crane Outrigger Pads. In this application, the Nylacast component is placed under outriggers to make the crane more stable. The key factor is the reduced component weight. Using advanced polymers, in particular those based around cast nylon, allow for a number of significant advantages in this Crane Outrigger Pad application. These include an increase in the outrigger pad life, reduced component weight, protection against corrosion and ability to engrave the crane identification number. In addition to these significant advantages the Nylacast Crane Outrigger Pad is also cost effective in comparison to the traditional wood outrigger pad it replaced and gives a more stable base.
Nylacast’s team of engineers, designers and chemists work with corporations in the construction plant and equipment sector from concept through research and development to engineering and testing components. The company’s R&D laboratory allows development of both engineered designs and engineered polymers bespoke to the application, environment and conditions. Engineers will be on hand at the stand to provide practical and technical advice on how Nylacast can increase the performance, efficiency and economy of applications and operations. From reducing component weight to meet industry regulations through to reducing noise pollution, Nylacast engineering polymers are used to combat a number of challenges and requirements in the sector. Staff from Nylacast will also be encouraging youngsters to think about a career in the construction equipment industry as they will be taking part in the Plantworx Student Trail on the last day of the exhibition, in which students from schools and colleges will be invited along to get a taste of the different careers available in this sector.
With continuous investment in R&D, Nylacast is regarded as a world leader in the development of engineering polymer components. To maintain its emphasis on quality and innovation in the face of the engineering skills shortage, the company makes significant investment in the development of it staff.
Having run a successful engineering apprenticeship programme since 2011, Nylacast opened an award-winning Engineering Training Academy in 2014. This provides both training for new apprentices coming into engineering and structured programmes to upscale the skills and knowledge of existing employees. The company also launched a Graduate Training Programme in 2015.
Nylacast apprentices are trained in mechanical, quality and maintenance engineering and on both manual and CNC machines. This ensures they understand the basic techniques and skills required for different procedures before programming machines to undertake the work.
Nylacast is exhibiting at Plantworx from June 2nd to the 4th on stand PAV F3. The exhibition, organised by the Construction Equipment Association, takes place at the Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome in Leicestershire. It is held every two years for all construction professionals involved in the management, purchasing or operation of construction machinery, tools and services. If you are unable to visit Nylacast at Plantworx please visit https://www.nylacast.com/construction for more information.