Raw Material Inspection

Our system of inspection, quality, and care sets our plastic apart from others in the industry.

What makes us unique is our full gamut of quality control processes.  Our process begins as soon as the raw resin comes through our doors, where we inspect each box.  We look for consistency in pigment color, dry flow, bulk density, and test for contamination prior to releasing the resin into production.  Using a standard system for grading and approval, each box can be traced to an individual batch from the original manufacturer in the event of any future problems.

Currently, we are partnered with the dominant resin supplier to the whitewater kayak industry.  When we first met with them, they had engineered an acceptable polymer for plastic kayaks; we helped them further develop a series that could withstand substantial environmental impacts and allowing us to push the limits in whitewater kayaking.  After 15 years of constant research and progression, we feel a strong commitment to maintaining the most durable kayaks in the industry.  We achieve the goal of providing the best and highest quality of kayaks by using our specific Quality Control processes, which include the following:

All our resin is traceable by a unique identification number.  Traceability is a key element.   We feel it is in your best interest and ours to track our material as this allows us to monitor every batch of resin for the lifetime of your kayak.

Every box of resin goes through an intense inspection process.   Resin is extracted from every resin box using a core sampling tool.   An aliquot is drawn and analyzed ensuring every box of resin will produce a consistent product.

Microscopy Analysis is completed to assure correct particle size and shape, homogeneous pigment distribution, and free from cross-contamination.  We can also  troubleshoot ”Go CIA” on any issues involving premature failure.

Analyzing pigment distribution is important.  If the pigment of the resin isn’t distributed evenly in the manufacturing process, it may cause premature failures in the kayak and will produce a kayak (less than optimal ) that is not as strong as it could be.

The homogeneity of our resin is equally distributed throughout a part.  Specific resin particle shapes and sizes are necessary for plastic distribution.  This is just one way we are able to produce the strongest kayak.  Each tiny polymer consists of a specific formula when manufactured

Another method is by taking a cross-section of plastic by use of microtome and analyzing the structure of the molded plastic throughout the thickness.   During the processing of polyethylene it is extremely important to eliminate any contamination.  Any contamination can disrupt the cohesion of our polymers.

 

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