Look in any aircraft maintainer’s toolbox and you’re sure to find a few items that aren’t offered in any aviation supply catalog. You’ll probably find a sharpened putty knife, scribe, or utility blade that the maintainer uses to remove gap materials, sealants and adhesives from aircraft substrates and fasteners.

While these items may offer a short-term solution, there are two basic problems with these items.  One, they simply don’t work very well and require a lot of muscle (and time) to use. The second is that the ones made of metal greatly increase the risk of damaging many aircraft substrates.

What aircraft mechanics need for these jobs are tools that are hard enough to hold an edge and that can be re-sharpened readily, but which won’t damage the underlying surface. That’s why Performance Plastics partnered with high-performance polymer supplier Solvay Specialty Polymers, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Systems Support Division (AFRL/RXS) and the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) to develop the EnduroSharp® line of aircraft maintenance tools.

EnduroSharp™ aircraft maintenance tools are expertly designed and molded from a high-performance polymer, Torlon® polyamide-imide (PAI) resin. These tools prevent the kind of damage to metallic and nonmetallic components or substrates that improvised metal tools can cause.

EnduroSharp tools are approved for use on USAF, USMC, USN and other foreign military aerospace systems. They are well suited for removing elastomeric coatings, boots, tapes, sealants, adhesives, gap fillers and tape residue from fiber-reinforced composite, plastic, glass, ceramic or metal substrates and fasteners. To remove material faster, the blades can also be used with heat- or chemical-assisted skiving processes, in which materials are carefully removed one thin layer at a time.

For more information and to see our EnduroSharp® tools in action, please visit the EnduroSharp section of our website or watch our demo EnduroSharp Demo on YouTube.

Performance Plastics partners with Ohio Valley Goodwill

Performance Plastics designs and produces technically advanced, custom molded plastic components from Torlon® aircraft maintenance tools to PFA and FPA medical implants and prosthetics. While we cater to a worldwide audience, we feel it is important to participate in our local community.

Performance Plastics believes in giving people in our community opportunities and has employed disabled individuals and veterans from the Ohio Valley Goodwill for over 10 years.  They assist us in routine jobs, such as assembly and packing.

It has been our experience that the employees from Goodwill are among some of our most dependable.  They come to work every day with a positive attitude, and they really enjoy the work that they do for us.

Last year, Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries served almost 3000 individuals with disabilities and other barriers to employment and placed 580 into competitive community jobs.  Typically, Goodwill serves more than 3000 people annually, and helps more than 1000 to get jobs in the community.   In 2020, Goodwill’s Veterans Services program served over 400 veterans

Ohio Valley Goodwill is a valuable community partner, and we are proud of our long partnership in helping individuals to attain employment and our commitment to being an inclusive employer in the Greater Cincinnati community. For more information on Performance Plastics and/or our partnership with Goodwill, please visit our website at www.performanceplastics.com.




Performance Plastics – is pleased to announce the addition of a new piece of equipment – A Global Finishing Solutions Industrial Spray Paint Booth.

Global Finishing Solutions® (GFS) Paint Booths are high-quality, cost-effective solutions for industrial manufacturers that need to paint high quantities of finished parts. Pre-engineered models and standard options are fully ETL and ETL-C listed and meet or exceed industry safety standards.

The investment in this new piece of equipment expands our capacity to produce a higher volume of finished parts more quickly for our customers.  We partner with our customers to help them to exceed their customers’ expectations and delivery times.

The new, self-contained paint booth contains a number of features that help with efficiency and a better finished product.

  • Energy efficient LED lights for optimum brightness and precision.
  • Fan & Motors supply optimal airflow for a cleaner and better paint job,
  • Non-pressured electromechanical control panel to control exhaust, safety interlocks and lights to provide better finishes.

Performance Plastics specializes in the  injection molding thermoplastics of high performance resins featuring tight tolerances and thin-walled part geometries.

We work with our customers to design solutions utilizing the capabilities of thermoplastic resins including Peek, Torlon®, Ultem®, EXTEM®, PFA, FEP, PVDF and ETFE.  The industries we serve include aerospace/defense, medical and industrial applications. For more information, please visit our website at www.performanceplastics.com.