A plastic that has attracted many youngsters over the years is plastic putty, better known by the trademark name of Silly Putty ®. James Wright, a GE engineer, came upon the material by mixing silicone oil with boric acid. The compound acted very much like rubber in its ability to rebound almost 25 percent higher than a normal rubber ball. This "Nutty Putty" as it was first called, was impervious to rot, soft and maleable, and able to stretch many times its length without tearing. One other unusual quality was that Silly Putty® could copy the image of any printed material that it was pressed upon. In 1949, the material was sold under the trade name of Silly Putty ®, selling faster than any other toy in history with over $6 million in sales for the year. The first man-made plastic was created by Alexander Parkes who publicly demonstrated it at the 1862 Great International Exhibition in London. The material called Parkesine was an organic material derived from cellulose that once heated could be molded, and retained its shape when cooled.
At Reedy, our success is measured by the success of our customers. We work closely with each company and strive to help them achieve the best balance of performance versus cost savings.
Don't take our word for it…here's what some of our customers have to say about us:
The VP of Engineering for a large food packaging manufacturer said,
"By using Reedy's product, SAFOAM® P-50, we were able to increase blow reaction and reduce part weight by 15%."
The VP of Sales for a Northeastern custom injection molder said,
"SAFOAM® PE-80 has allowed us to reduce our part weight by 14% as well as reduce cycle times by almost 15%."
A Technology Manager for one of the world's largest pipeline manufacturers said,
"SAFOAM® FP-40 has allowed me to reliably achieve uniform and consistent foaming of polymeric thermal insulation for subsea oil and gas transmission pipelines, and meet precise density, compressive creep resistance and thermal conductivity criteria."
Enrique Yaffar of ChemiCorp, Reedy sales agent, said,
"Reedy's SAFOAM® FP-40 used at 1% has allowed our customer to reduce the density of HIPS sheet between 25-35%. It produces a very fine cell structure on the surface, improving printability."