Nylons are a family of synthetic crystalline polymers which can be processed into fibers, films, and solid shapes. Moulded Nylon is widely used in a range of industries, and is commonly found within cars, electronics, and military equipment.
Nylon 66, also written 'Nylon 6/6', is the most widely used variant of Nylon, and the most common within AccuGroup's ranges. The name '66' comes from Nylon 66's composition of two monomers, each containing 6 Carbon atoms.
Nylon is a very lightweight material, particularly when compared to alternative materials such as Stainless Steel or even Aluminium. Weight reduction in fasteners and moving parts can be important in a number of applications, and components such as Nylon Gears are used to reduce inertia and increase operational efficiency.
Electrical conductivity is often a problem when selecting fasteners or components within an assembly. One of the most useful attributes of Nylon is its non-conductive properties, which make it an ideal material for use in circuit boards and electrical equipment.
Wear Resistance, Wear Absorption, and Hardness
Nylon is a hard-wearing thermoplastic, and is suitable for most light-duty applications.
Nylon can also be used for its relative softness compared to materials such as Stainless Steel. The use of Nylon can prevent damage to more critical or more expensive components within an assembly. The low-density of Nylon mechanical components also contributes to its smooth running efficiency and low operational noise.
Poor Performance In Moisture
Nylon is generally recommended for use in dry environments. The presence of moisture can cause Nylon components to swell and degrade over time. For applications requiring good resistance to moisture, a thermoplastic such as PEEK may be preferable.