|Welcome to the ThomasNet Need-To-Know Guides
Maybe you're just looking for some ground-level information. Maybe you need to make an informed sourcing decision. Whatever the reason, whatever
you're looking for, these primers, briefs, articles and guides serve as your gateway to learning more. Each resource category offers a wealth of
information aimed at providing you with the background and facts you need. Whether you're trying to track down the basics on a certain manufacturing
process or deciding between various equipment vendors, ThomasNet's Need-to-Know Guides connects you to key industry info.
|How Plastic Recycling Equipment Work
This article describes the different types of equipment used in various stages of the plastic recycling process, as well as how these machines function.
|How to Metalize Plastic
Plastic components can be coated with metal (called metallization), to increase desired properties for certain applications, such as conductivity and abrasion resistance.
|Manufacturing Plastic Preforms
This article describes the various techniques used to manufacture plastic preforms for molding operations, as well as the factors involved in preform screen design.
|Common Types of Pallet Racks
Pallet racks are shelving configurations commonly constructed from wood, plastic and metal, and they are designed for a variety of storage purposes. Standard types of these structures are detailed here.
|Phenolic Materials Buying Guide
Phenolic resin is a plastic composite material commonly used to manufacture rigid products, such as printed circuit boards.
|Plastic Fabrication Services
This article details the plastic fabrication process, supply services, manufacturing and design services, and assembly serives.
|Solar Power: Thin-film Photovoltaic Cells
This article discusses silicon solar panels and recent advancements regarding several kinds of thin-film photovoltaic cells, including amorphous silicon, cadmium telluride, and CIGS technology.
|Stainless Steel Pipe Types
Stainless steel pipe comes in a variety of grades, types and categories, each of which dictate conditions for use.