Not just anyone can manufacture items that are commonly used by the military. When it comes to items that have plastisol coatings, manufacturers must meet stringent requirements in order for the military to be able to use these items. There are quite a few reasons for this. So, let’s explore the reasons behind these rigorous specifications and why they matter:
Ensuring Durability in Harsh Environments
When it comes to military operations, the conditions can be incredibly demanding. From scorching deserts to freezing tundras, military items are exposed to a wide range of extreme environments. Dip coated plastic components, such as weapon grips, protective gear, and equipment handles, must withstand these harsh conditions without faltering. Rigorous requirements ensure that these items remain durable, providing the necessary reliability.
Maintaining Consistent Performance
In the military, consistency is key to success. Whether it’s the operation of firearms, communication equipment, vehicle controls, or anything else, military personnel rely on the consistent performance of their gear. Strict specifications during the dip coating process ensure that the coated components meet precise standards, preventing any variations that could affect performance. This consistency can be a matter of life and death on the battlefield.
Enhancing Chemical Resistance
Military operations often involve exposure to various chemicals, fuels, and contaminants. Dip coated items must possess a high level of chemical resistance to withstand these challenges. Stringent requirements dictate the type of plastic used, the thickness of the coating, and the manufacturing process to ensure that the components can resist corrosion and damage caused by exposure to chemicals.
Meeting Safety Standards
Safety is a top priority in the military, both for the personnel using the equipment and for the mission itself. Dip coated military items, such as helmets and body armor, must adhere to strict safety standards to protect the lives and well-being of those in the line of duty. These standards cover everything from impact resistance to flame retardancy, and they are non-negotiable.
Here at Piper Plastics, we helped develop the military plastisol coating specification, MIL-P-20689, in the 1960s. That has now been superseded by A-A-59464, which Piper abides by when coating metallic objects. These specifications are critical for the safety, success, and effectiveness of military operations.
For dip coating that meets and exceeds these stringent requirements, Piper Plastics is your trusted partner. With our expertise in plastisol dip coating, we are committed to producing top-notch military items that meet the highest standards of performance and reliability. Call 800-966-9919 to learn more about how we can meet your plastic manufacturing needs.