Phenolics Machining and Its Critical Uses Inside the U.S. Army

Dec 16, 2019 | G10 FR4, G10 Machining, Mil Spec, Military, News, U.S. Army

When you think of the men and women of the United States Army (or any of the Armed Forces, for that matter), one of the first words that comes to your mind is likely “reliable.” Regardless of what is going on in our personal and professional lives, we take comfort in knowing that they’re out there – giving their all to keep each and every one of us safe from threats both foreign and domestic, no matter what.

Indeed, that reliability is exactly why the army uses phenolics machining on a regular basis – because of the superior levels of consistency, trustworthiness and dependability that they offer that is difficult to find in other materials.

Plastics Machining and the U.S. Army – The Perfect Pairing

Case in point: G10 FR4 phenolics, which are known for (among other things):

  • Extraordinarily high mechanical strength.
  • Excellent dielectric loss properties.
  • Superior electric strength properties.
  • Unbeatable temperature resistance.
  • The ability to maintain peak performance in both wet and dry conditions.

If someone stationed at a military base in a desert halfway around the world needs to use a computer, they need something with a little more powerful than the machine that you’re using to read this would have. They need something that can withstand one of the harshest environments on Earth – which is why the Army regularly uses printed circuit boards (like the kinds found in computers and other electronics equipment) that are made with G10 FR4 plastics in particular.

But it goes beyond simple computer-based applications, too. Helicopters, military vehicles destined for long-term combat, state-of-the-art surveillance gear – you name it. If it has a printed circuit board inside, you can be confident in knowing that this asset is backed by the best that G10 FR4 has to offer.

But materials created via phenolics machining are found in other areas of the wonderful world of the U.S. Army, too. Think about your average army base, for example. Not only do these types of environments typically need to be set up very quickly, but they need to be able to withstand a wide array of incredibly harsh conditions.

This is why Army officials regularly turn to phenolics machining for everything from seals to gears to rollers and beyond. These are often the components of structures, gear and mission-critical assets that most people don’t spend too much time thinking about – in other words, the parts that a lot of us take for granted. But don’t forget that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link and if even one seal fails due to extreme heat, a massive storm or some other environmental issue, it could bring the functionality of that very base to its proverbial knees.

None of us want to see that happen – and neither does the U.S. Army, which is why they often turn to phenolics machined materials and the incredibly level of reliability that simply cannot be matched through other means.

If you’d like to find out even more information about the groundbreaking ways in which plastics machining is making its impact with our brave men and women in the U.S. Army, or if you’d just like to discuss the specifics of your own situation with someone in a bit more detail, please don’t delay – contact JMJ Profile today.

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