The Process of Manufacturing the Product
The Micarta sheet industrial laminates usually are epoxy, phenolic, silicone or melamine resin based materials which are in turn reinforced with cork, fiberglass, cotton cloth, carbon fiber, paper and with other types of substrates. Micarta industrial laminate sheets are dense and hard materials which are created by applying pressure and heat to different layers of prepeg. The layers of laminations are usually made from cellulose paper, synthetic yarn fabrics, cotton fabrics, unwoven fabrics and glass fabrics. When pressure and heat are applied on the layers, a certain chemical reaction known as polymerization will transform the different layers into high pressure thermosetting industrial plastic which is laminated.
Applications of the product
Perhaps the largest use for the Micarta industrial sheets is as a high strength electrical insulation inside a distribution and power generating equipment. The laminates are used in aerospace, heavy equipments, office equipment, automotive, electronic, countertops, tabletops, as well as electrical insulation placed in between different pressure vessels or piping. It can act as a support and is also placed for decorative purposes including hand gun grips, knife handles, bridges and nuts, guitar fingerboards, safety gear (like hard hats) and pool cues.
The phenolic refers to a dense and hard material which is formed by applying pressure and heat to different layers of glass or paper cloth that has been impregnated with synthetic resin. The layers of laminations are typically made of cellulose paper, synthetic yarn fabrics, cotton fabrics, unwoven fabrics or glass fabrics. When both heat and pressure are being applied to the various layers, a process known as polymerization will transform the layers into high pressure thermosetting laminated plastics.
The Phenolic resin with substrate BR60 consists of different plies of heavy weight canvas cloth that is saturated with the phenoloc resin system, modified with the help of molybdenum disulfide and which also provides internal lubrication in order to reduce frictional heat generation as well as wear of metal shafts on its bearing.