Along with other sorts of plastic - such as polypropylene, nylon and polythene - polystyrene is suitable for a number of injection moulding techniques. This means that it can be formed into nearly every type of shape that you could imagine. As such, it is an extremely versatile plastic which can be made for a wide range of products. Manufacturers use it for all manner of components as well as finished products.
When one or more components of a piece of industrial equipment fail, buying new parts 'off-the-shelf' is not always the best way to go. Many of these machines (such as hydraulic pumps, mining drills and conveyor belts) are manufactured to exacting standards and degrees of accuracy to ensure safe functioning, and using a replacement part that differs even minutely from the original component can lead to damaging malfunctions and punishing downtime.
Modern street furniture comes in many forms and is now more versatile than it ever used to be. For example, lighting columns can be dropped down so operatives can access their fittings easily. There again, modular street seating is now often made to be arranged in various orientations, such as semi-circles and L-shapes so that it can be used in a variety of urban settings, from plazas to city parks. However, one of the most versatile types of street furniture that you could come across is the humble bollard.
There are many materials that it is possible to manufacture handrails from. Wood, stainless steel and some plastics are all often chosen. However, aluminium offers many advantages for handrails and should not be overlooked. Often the material that is specified by architects, aluminium is a popular choice among homeowners and interior designers, as well. If you are considering ordering a new handrail for an existing balustrade or require an area of your home or garden to be fenced off in some way, then you should consider the merits of this particular metal before proceeding.
Small and often colourful, plastic bottle caps are usually fascinating, but most people just don't know of clever ways to re-use them. If your local council requires you to remove plastic bottle caps from your waste bottles prior to sending the bottles to a recycling facility, you may find yourself having so many plastic caps that you've got no use for. Often, the first thing that comes to mind is to put the caps in a garbage or rubbish bin and dispose of them at a landfill.