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PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Plastic Machining Company provides plastics that play a pivotal role in mining applications, particularly UHMW (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene) which provides desirable attributes that contribute a wide range of OEM and custom parts in mining machinery <>  and equipment including guides, belt scrapers, chain wear plates, skirt boards, belt rollers, scrapers & wipers, liners & plates, idlers & pulleys, loaders, conveyor parts, bucket liners, impact pads, beds & bumpers, sprockets, agitators, as well as shoes & tracks.

In both surface open pit and underground mining operations, UHMW has become ubiquitous for its ability to solve issues related to sticking, holdup, bridging, friction, and heat. UHMW's lubricity ensures speedy bulk material flow and movement, helping to lower energy requirements, deaden noise, and to make mechanical operations quieter in applications subject to rubbing and impact.

Major players in the mining industry see the plastic as the perfect candidate for blasting tools and any mining equipment involving wear parts <> . UHMW is utilized within machines and on the exterior of machines to handle waste material as well as the desired media being extracted.

On the outside of blasting machines, UHMW plates protect expensive machinery from rocks and unintended shrapnel. Three times as resistant as nylon 6/6, and over five times as resistant to abrasion as HDPE (high-density polyethylene) plastic and steel, a one-inch thick slab of UHMW is able to stop a .45 caliber bullet from 25 feet away. This level of protection stops flying rocks in their tracks.

Ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene is also used as a lining material on skid plates, skid shoes, rock panels (side skirts), and to line earth mover buckets or bulldozer blades.

Due to its low coefficient of friction, high tensile strength, great wear properties and strong impact strength, UHMW works exceptionally well for wear pads bolted on the tracks of excavators. Replacement is convenient with long part life, making UHMW wear pads suitable for pavers, milling machines and bitumen (asphalt) transportation trucks.

In processing, UHMW's low friction properties greatly assist in keeping material flowing at a high feed rate, increasing productivity and ultimately greater revenue for mining companies.

Many coal mining and ore mining operations have switched from using stainless steel for linings and hoppers, instead choosing UHMW as it greatly reduces heat buildup due to friction. Many coal and ore operations have reported increases of 10-15 times greater service life over metal.

Learn more on Plastic Machining Company's website about the potential that plastics (specifically UHMW) have for helping the mining industry reduce emissions, increase production, save money and keep workers safe.

Plastic Machining Company (PMC) provides industry leading plastic machining, semi-finished sheet and rod, custom-designed and OEM parts, as well as plastic replacements for metal power transmission components. PMC plastic sheet, rod and parts are crafted from high-performance materials from Quadrant, Cast Nylons, Ensinger, Poly-Hi Solidur and other resin converters, manufactured with precision state-of-the-art CNC routers, mills and lathes. PMC parts scale from over twenty feet long and ten inches thick to parts that can rest on the tip of a finger. PMC can produce most custom parts within fifteen working days. Contact a PMC representative for specifics. Call 877-762-5449 or visit <


MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Eagle Mouldings announces that they will be exhibiting at A'17MN The Minnesota Conference on Architecture held by the American Institute of Architects. The show will be held on November 14 - 17 in downtown Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Hall D. This show is attended by architects and building industry professionals from the twin cities and surrounding areas.

Eagle Mouldings <>  has been serving the Architectural <>  industry for almost 30 years. Founded in 1989, Eagle Mouldings is a manufacturer and supplier of standard and custom aluminum trims and extrusions to many industries. Eagle Mouldings strives to serve the Architectural Millwork <> , Store Fixture & Display <>  industry,  Specialty & Emergency Vehicle Manufacturers, Slatwall manufactures, Custom & OEM <>  markets, LED Lighting industry, RV & Trailer manufacturers, HAC/CAC manufacturers, Cleanroom, Solar Panel and many others.

Aluminum is one of the most popular materials used in architectural designs today. Eagle Mouldings has focused their years of experience to really help architectural firms achieve the look, feel and function they are striving for when creating a new space or just to refresh an existing one. They are confident and proud to show off their ideas and architectural aluminum products at this conference. 

Co-owner, Mike Kelly, explains why Eagle Mouldings is the right choice for architects, "When an architect dreams up a new shape or designs a new aluminum extrusion that doesn't currently exist, Eagle Mouldings and our in-house design team will be there to assist in turning an idea into reality. We will explain options, lead times and ways to cost-effectively get the custom aluminum extrusion through the different finishing processes. We will thoroughly explain each step to prevent any surprises that could otherwise occur along the way. This is what we do, and we take pride in doing it well. We love to get involved with a customer's project. From beginning to successful conclusion, it is fulfilling for us to partner on projects and help put together solutions that meet customers' design needs, cost requirements and lead time."

Eagle Mouldings can be found at The Minnesota Conference on Architecture in booth # 235. They will be displaying a variety of samples of architectural aluminum trims they currently stock, catalogs, along with free samples of their most popular product, the Eagle Z-Clip. Attendees may also have the opportunity to discuss specific projects and custom needs directly with one of the owners.

Thor Smith, co-owner, attributes Eagle Mouldings success to their ability to be a true partner to their customers. "Many of the architects we currently work with like to create original custom designs. We are always up to the challenge to help them create custom extrusions for their projects. This is why they continue to come to us. We can consistently deliver unique extrusions with the fastest turnaround and best customer service in the industry." 


East Hartford, Conn. (October 16, 2017) – Dur-A-Flex, Inc., a leading manufacturer of commercial, industrial and institutional resinous floor and wall systems, is now able to provide sustainability information for its products that complies with the requirements of LEED v4 Material and Resources credits.

Available for Dur-A-Flex’s Poly-Crete®, Accelera®, Hybri-Flex® and Epoxy product lines, the EPDs were developed utilizing the results of the product life-cycle assessments (LCA) and validated by UL’s Validation Services as Type III per ISO 14025.  Information included in the EPD is the product’s impact on global warming, ozone depletion, acidification of land and waste, water pollution, photochemical ozone creation, depletion of abiotic resources as well as the product’s carbon footprint.

Designed to provide more transparency on how construction products impact human health and the environment, LEED v4’s Material and Resource (MR) credits focus not only on the ingredients used to manufacture the product, but also the process by which they are sourced, manufactured, applied, used, maintained and disposed of throughout the product’s life cycle.  By utilizing third-party resources, Dur-A-Flex’s validated Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) provide clear and objective information that architects and designers can use when making product comparisons and decisions.  Combined with the Low-Emitting Materials credit (EQ), Dur-A-Flex’s flooring systems can earn up to three credit points toward certification. 

“Architects and designers are increasingly seeking out environmental information on the products they are specifying” notes Pat Meade, VP, Sales  “By achieving these certifications Dur-A-Flex is able to provide useful and objective data to its customers in an industry-specified format” he adds.

Dur-A-Flex, Inc. is a family-owned manufacturer of high-performance, resinous floor and wall systems. With over 50 years in business, Dur-A-Flex is recognized for its ability to continually deliver new and innovative products to the coatings industry. Its unmatched level of customer service is derived from an experienced team of technical service experts as well as stringent quality processes; providing customers with the confidence that they are installing the best product for the job. Named one of the “Best Places to Work in CT” five times by the Hartford Business Journal-sponsored awards program, Dur-A-Flex considers its people its most valuable asset. For more information on Dur-A-Flex floor and wall systems, please visit


Buffalo, Minn., USA (Oct. 10, 2017) — National Fleet Products, a leading North American supplier of loading ramps and other aftermarket accessories for commercial vehicles, formally announced the introduction of several versions of its unique WM System Loading Ramps. Designed as a low-cost, maintenance-free alternative to hydraulic liftgates, WM System ramps are suitable for a wide array of vehicle applications, including everything from vans to box trucks to class-8 trailers and service and delivery vehicles of all types.

The ramps are intelligently engineered to vertically stow just inside rear- and side-access doors and take up approximately 8.5 inches of depth when folded and locked. With their built-in spring-assist feature and sturdy side handles, they require only about 20 pounds of force and about five seconds to unfold or be folded back into their low-profile vertical storage position.

“The ergonomic ease and simplicity of our WM System Loading Ramps is quite simply unparalleled within the commercial vehicle industry,” Steven Peterson, president of National Fleet Products, said. “Compared to hydraulic liftgates, our WM System ramps require little training, are far faster, more reliable and operate for years with virtually no maintenance, not to mention our equivalent load capacities.”

The ramps each incorporate a swivel-action mechanism that enables them to swing 90 degrees in and out like a door, allowing users to have unfettered vehicle access when the ramp is not in use. Vehicle-specific mounting plates are available for all major platform makes and models, and installation can take as little as two hours to complete.

Ramps permanently mounted or stored on the exterior of commercial vehicles can be exposed to a wide variety of chemicals and challenging environmental conditions that can result in equipment failures and high repair and maintenance costs. Dirt, moisture and ice can also accumulate on surfaces, making them slippery and hazardous to navigate. Small, rear-mounted liftgates often present a physical barrier as well and may, in some cases, interfere with a vehicle’s ability to tow.

“By storing inside the vehicle until deployment, WM System Loading Ramps remain cleaner and drier than exterior-mounted hydraulic liftgates,” Peterson said. “The aluminum WM System ramps come in both ridged and shot-blast anti-slip surface textures that significantly improve traction on inclined surfaces, while reducing the risk of injury from a loss of footing.”

When required, a WM System ramp can also function as a bridge or gangplank for use with loading docks, vehicle-to-vehicle cargo transfers and access to other elevated surfaces like steps. Whether used as a traditional ramp or as a horizontal span, the WM System provides a remarkably stable surface for those working on and around it.

WM System Loading Ramps come in two-panel configurations in lengths of between 98 and 128 inches, and three-panel configurations in lengths of up to 16 feet. Ramp ends have rollers and adjustable flaps that can accommodate a wide variety of surface angles and textures.

Parties interested in scheduling a demonstration of the WM System Loading Ramp may contact National Fleet Products directly by calling (763) 762-3451 or by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. WM System Loading Ramps are in stock now and available in the United States and Canada through the company’s extensive distribution network of convenient distribution locations. Please contact National Fleet Products to locate a distributor near you.

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KOHLER, Wis. – October 5, 2017 – Kohler Co. has earned its fifth consecutive Sustained Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Kohler, the leading manufacturer of kitchen and bath plumbing products in the U.S., has partnered with the EPA’s WaterSense® program since 2007 and was recognized again in 2017 for its leadership in water-saving product innovation and consumer advocacy.

In 2008, the EPA named Kohler the first recipient of its WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year Award. In each year since, Kohler has earned additional recognition from the EPA, including the agency’s first Sustained Excellence award in 2013.

“Kohler is honored to be recognized as a Sustained Excellence Award winner again this year,” said Rob Zimmerman, Director – Sustainability and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WaSH). “The WaterSense program delivers value on many levels, creating efficiency targets for manufacturers, measurable and significant gains in water use that utilities and regulators can count on, and a recognizable label consumers can look for when purchasing products. Kohler offers more than 700 models of toilets, urinals, bathroom faucets, and showerheads that carry the WaterSense label and promotes the program through a promise of saving water without sacrificing performance.”

In recognizing Kohler this year, the EPA highlighted Kohler Co.’s success in promoting WaterSense nationwide, donating WaterSense-labeled products to various events and charitable causes, and releasing an industry-leading, water-efficient toilet. The 1.0 gallons per flush Highline toilet combines gravity with precision-engineered design that creates a stronger flush with less water.

The Highline toilet was featured prominently in Kohler’s Sustainability Campaign, which produced 4.8 million impressions. The campaign used Instagram and Facebook to target customers in states plagued by droughts in 2016, including California, Washington, Oregon, and Arizona.

Kohler also sponsors a mobile marketing campaign in key states to showcase working models of WaterSense-labeled toilets, faucets and showerheads. In 2016, the company added a new semi-trailer unit to its water-saving fleet and visited 175 home shows, conferences, and professional plumbing supply stores to tout the performance and benefits of WaterSense-labeled plumbing fixtures. Overall, more than 36,000 plumbing professionals and other visitors toured the trailers, a 90 percent increase from the previous year.

Kohler exhibited its WaterSense labeled products at major trade shows such as Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas and Dwell on Design and Greenbuild in Los Angeles. Kohler donated WaterSense-labeled products to homes for disabled veterans through the Homes for Our Troops organization. The company also continued its partnership with the Lavamae mobile showering project for homeless residents in California by donating WaterSense-labeled toilets, faucets, and showerheads.

Since the first WaterSense-labeled KOHLER products were introduced, those products have empowered consumers to reduce water use by more than 140 billion gallons and save more than $2.3 billion in water, sewer and energy costs. The labels make it easy for consumers to identify and purchase products that save water while maintaining the performance excellence and sophisticated design for which Kohler has long been renowned.


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