Tuffkast and the Storm of 2006

Redwood Plastics has been in business for over 40 years with a long track record of success across a variety of applications. One of our proudest moments was our installation of Redco™ Tuffkast fenders at the B.C. Ferries terminals in Tsawwassen. These were essentially huge rubber-backed shock pads with Redco™ Tuffkast bonded to rubber. The large Tuffkast pads were actually a collection of smaller Redco™ Tuffkast “cells.” 

Not long after their installation they faced the harshest of tests.

On December 14, 2006 the Hanukkah Eve Wind Storm slammed the Pacific Coast. The storm caused over 356 million dollars of damage on the coast and resulted in 18 fatalities. Over 1,000 trees in Vancouver (many in Stanley Park) were uprooted and at it’s peak B.C. Hydro reported 250,000 customers without power.

B.C. Ferry service was disrupted and the ferries at dock were at the mercy of the wind. They repeatedly slammed intoTuffkast-Dock-Fenders their docks. When the storm subsided; however, only one cell of one fender was damaged. Not by simple impact, but by a sharp protruding part of the ferry and even then the cell was easily repaired and not detached from the fender. B.C. Ferries employees noted that were it not for the Redco™ shock pads the wooden docks would have likely been destroyed.

So what is this stuff?

Redco™ Tuffkast is actually a mix of Type 6 and Type 12 Nylon. It has high impact and abrasion resistance, combining the tensile and compressive properties of Type 6 Nylon with the wear resistance of polyurethane. Furthermore, it is much more moisture resistant than regular Nylon, which is why Tuffkast was a good fit for a marine application such as the ferry dock.

Redco™ Tuffkast is available in three grades: Regular 025, 020 grade (carriage wheel grade), 015 oil-impregnated and finally the purple 010 solid lubricant grade. Tuffkast is a good choice for a variety of applications including gears, sprockets, valves, impact pads, sheaves and many more. Also very important is Tuffkast’s increased performance in cold, cold being the Achilles’ heel of regular Nylon.

For more information on this amazing plastic or any of our other plastic solutions please contact us today.

E-MAIL: sales@redwoodplastics.com
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