In the marine industry, fasteners are a necessity. When it comes to boat manufacturing, high-grade fasteners are needed to affix panels and corners of the boats. What’s more, the fasteners must be durable and able to withstand harsh conditions related to the marine environment.
For example, saline water, fungi, UV rays, and cold ocean temperatures can weaken the fasteners, leading to rust and decay. Below are a few reasons why plastic fasteners are the right choice when it comes to marine applications:
Strong Rust Resistance
When exposed to constantly wet and salty conditions, almost all metals corrode and start rusting. In addition, rust further exposes the metal and enhances the rate of corrosion. This makes fasteners made of metal weaker. On the other hand, plastic fasteners do not rust when in contact with seawater. This offers durability and a lifespan of many years.
In order to ensure long-lasting use, plastic fasteners are made with materials like PET, isoplast, and PVC, which possess saltwater-resistant properties. They are also resistant to corrosive substances like fuel additives, gasoline, and diesel. What’s more, you can be assured of year-on-year use without the need for constant maintenance.
Certain plastics can absorb UV rays, leading to the development of free radicals that cause corrosion of the material. To avoid that, plastics like polyimides or FEP are used to manufacture fasteners. These plastics can resist the deteriorating effect of the UV rays and avoid long delays and downtime for repairs.
Highly Durable and Versatile
Plastic fasteners are not just rust, saltwater, and UV-resistant, but they also offer a great level of durability. What’s more, some manufacturers also provide plastic fasteners with steel cores. This means that you can combine the resistant component of plastic and strength component of steel at the same time.
As you can see, plastic fasteners offer many advantages when compared to the alternatives. They make it possible for the marine industry to construct top-of-the-line tankers, boats, yachts, and other marine vessels. If you’re a plastic fastener manufacturer, PlastiWorld is an excellent platform for you to showcase your product range. Register now to book your space.