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Plastics Innovations in Consumer and Industrial Applications

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Quick Tips for Selecting a Molder to Control Total NPD Costs

Managing the total cost of an Industrial or Consumer Products New Product Development (NPD) project lies in balancing the bottom line with needs.

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How Co-Engineering Controls Failure in Use for Anticipated Product Life

When it comes to performance, industrial or complex consumer goods must outlive their anticipated lifetimes in order to accomplish two important goals: meeting customer expectations and mitigating warranty claims.

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How Resin Selection Impacts Industrial Applications

One of the main advantages of using injection-molded plastic components is versatility, both in the wide array of resins available for construction and in application. Addressing resin needs early in the design process is ideal, as is partnering with an experienced injection molder with resin-specific expertise.

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Is Metal-to-Plastic Conversion Feasible for Your Industrial Application?

As we discussed in a recent article, a number of industrial sectors are converting metal components to plastic to gain efficiencies in cost, weight, performance, aesthetics and durability. All of these reasons are convincing arguments for metal-to-plastic conversion; however, the process isn’t right for all industrial applications. 

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3 Innovations in Metal-to-Plastic Component Conversion

Metal-to-plastic conversion is a decades-old process, but not all manufacturers are taking full advantage of its benefits. There is general, common concern about strength, durability and cost; however, the reality is that injection-molded plastic components, when properly designed, are just as strong as metal. In addition, plastic can provide exceptional chemical- and heat-resistance while simultaneously slashing production costs. 

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5 Key Benefits of the Industrial Internet of Things

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) continues to change the manufacturing industry. IIoT impact is particularly felt in devices and machinery equipped with sensors, which essentially gives the machine the ability to monitor, collect, exchange, and analyze data – all without human interaction.

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How Injection-Molded Plastic Components Enhance Auto Performance and Innovation

The automotive industry is experiencing rapid advancements, some of which have been brought about by federal regulations and others as a result of manufacturers leveraging opportunities presented by new materials and technologies.

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How Injection Molder Certifications Impact Automotive Manufacturers

Using injection-molding for complex, critical-use plastic automotive components is a practical solution for manufacturers to keep pace with evolving governmental standards.

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Resin Selections for Plastic Automotive Components

The overall safety and performance of a vehicle is dependent, in part, on the plastic components used throughout the vehicle. Many people think that when it comes to cars, plastic parts are features like the dashboard, seats and floor mats. But thermoplastic polymers are used in much more critical places throughout a vehicle, many of them under the hood in the car’s powertrain and fuel systems.

In fact, up to 13 different polymers may be used in a single car model, with polypropylene, polyurethane and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) making up 66% of the polymers used in a car.

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