|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.
|Failure Analysis Engineering Services – Buying Guide
Failure analysis is a requisite service for products, structures and vehicles destined for public consumption, typically before failure occurs, but also in cases where unfortunate accidents have happened. Given the range of possible failure conditions, a number of different failure analysis operations and services are available.
|The Evolution of Bolt Manufacturing
Like the screw, the bolt occupies an integral position in both industrial and everyday life. In fact, bolts and screws are used more than any other type of mechanical fastener, and they can be found in nearly every simple or complex machine
|Double Coated Tapes Buying Guide
Double coated tapes are fabricated from various materials and chemical compositions and are used for bonding and sealing purposes. An overview of the types of materials and applications typically associated with these tapes is detailed here.
|Applications of Electroless Nickel Plating
This article briefly explains the electro nickel plating process and its benefits. Current density levels involved in the process, as well as pre-treatment cleaning are also included.
|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.