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Distributor's Link Magazine Fall Issue 2017 / Vol 40 No4


50 THE DISTRIBUTOR’S LINK CRAFTECH INDUSTRIES 8 Dock St, Hudson, NY 12534 TEL 518-828-5001 FAX 518-828-9468 EMAIL WEB PROUD PLASTIC PIONEERS! Craftech Industries, Inc., incorporated in 1972, was the brainchild of Donald Whiteman, a machinist, engineer, inventor and tinkerer - who was plant manager of a large fastener-manufacturing corporation. In the late 1950’s, when plastics were first being widely employed, he realized that plastic fasteners and other components would become more and more critical as technology developed. To this end, he bought up broken-down screw machines, restored them, and experimented with setting them up to machine plastic. Craftech has since grown from a basement business to over 40,000 square feet of manufacturing in two buildings. It is currently planning another expansion in order to accommodate further production. It is still family owned and run by Mr. Whiteman’s daughter, who has over thirty years’ experience in the plastic industry. Craftech’s full product line includes many different metric and non-metric screws, bolts, nuts, bushings, threaded rod, standoffs, and a myriad of other molded and machined plastic products; many available in a large percentage of the hundreds of materials with which Craftech regularly works. The company also operates a mold building facility on premises and has a number of swiss and non-swiss CNC machines, as well as mills and other specialized equipment. Many varieties of plastic and metal multi-axis parts can be produced: from prototype, to large-scale injection molding and assembly. Craftech has always sought solutions that focus on customer’s needs, no matter how exotic they may be. Its engineering department offers technical services, including help with material selection. The sheer number of different plastics and their various grades can make a novice plastics designer’s head spin. Craftech has 40+ years of experience supplying parts that have gone into everything from communications satellites to nuclear attack submarines. Mechanical qualities often requested include chemical resistance, high tensile strength, corrosion resistance, insulating capacity, low coefficient of friction, good strength to weight ratio, non-flammability, and high dielectric strength. Some of the materials used include: PEEK, Vespel, Torlon, Ultem, acetal, nylon, PVC, CPVC, PFA, Thermoplastic long-glass-reinforced TPU, PPA, and many others. Craftech is an ISO 9001 company that also offers PPAP, and ITAR compliance. There is a wealth of information about plastics and their properties on our website, BUSINESS FOCUS ARTICLE CONTINUED ON PAGE 152


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