Nylon is a thermoplastic produced predominately from the distillation of crude oil. Characterized by its strength, impact resistance, and rigidity. It is impervious to chemicals and will not wear out easily. Nylon can be either extruded or cast. It’s important to note that Nylon has a higher moisture absorption rate than many other forms of thermoplastics.

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Fast Facts
Very Durable
Wear-resistant
Available in a wide variety of grades
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Nylon Facts, Specifications, Grades, and More

How strong is Nylon?

Nylon is a strong, durable, and rigid thermoplastic

How is Nylon recycled?

Yes, Nylon is recyclable plastic. To read more about our recycling efforts here at Traco see our blog. Also, click here to learn more about how we cut down on our plastic waste and save our customers money at the same.

Is Nylon FDA compliant?

Yes, FDA-compliant grades of Nylon are available for use in the food industry.

Is Nylon UV resistant?

No, this material is not UV resistant.

Is Nylon plastic?

Yes, Nylon is considered a thermoplastic.

Does Nylon do well in the elements outdoors?

Nylon doesn’t have the appropriate applications to be in the elements directly.  It can, however, be used in a piece of equipment – ie. Farm equipment – if need be.  If the material will be directly in the elements, it’s suggested to use Delrin or Acetal Copolymer for your product because it doesn’t have any reactions to direct outside elements.

What are the colors available in Nylon sheets?

Yes, Nylon does come in many different colors. White and black are your standard colors. One unique characteristic of Nylon is that the color of the material usually is meant to differentiate one grade from another.

What are the most common brands of Nylon?

SUSTAMID, TECAMID, and NYCAST are all popular brands of Nylon.

Is Nylon food safe?

Yes, there are grades of Nylon that are FDA compliant and can come in direct contact with food.

Is Nylon toxic?

No, Nylon is nontoxic.

What type of products are made with Nylon?

In many cases today, metal components are being replaced with Nylon. Examples of this include the replacement of metal bearings for Nylon bearings and metal gears for nylon gears for packaging equipment. This is often the case in the food packaging industry. It’s also great for use in wear pads or casters for a cart. Nylon can also be purchase with a steel core that is great for making rollers and sprockets.

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Specs and Data

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Friction Rating
Impact Rating
Machining Speed
Difficulty to Machine

Strengths and Benefits

  • Highly chemical resistant

  • High strength and durability

  • Can be considered as a replacement material for metal parts

Drawbacks

  • Nylon has a higher moisture absorption rate than other thermoplastics

Alternatives

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