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Metal Replacement


Plastics have over-taken metals in many different industries with the superior quality and ease of processing. Metals are being replaced frequently for weight reduction and inducing desired properties.

Durable plastics consume less energy during the production process and are cost-effective as well as tunable. Automotive and aircraft industries are innovating with plastics to replace heavy metals.

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May 15, 2012 | Article

NPE 2012: Advanced Technologies Review

By Donald Rosato

The recent National Plastics Exposition (NPE) recently took place in Orlando, Florida (USA) April 1-5, 2012. Let's go behind the scenes and take a look from a plastics engineering standpoint at some...

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Mar 26, 2012 | Article

Engineering Applications of Plastics

By Roy Crompton

Engineering plastics are in huge demand and they are continuously replacing conventional materials, like: Metals and alloys in general engineering. A work range of plastics are now being used in...

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Mar 14, 2012 | Article

High Performance Automotive Lightweighting Material Technologies

By Donald Rosato

Plastic and their composites offer enormous potential for weight reduction in auto applications. Fiber reinforced plastic composites are typically 25-35% lighter than steel parts of equal strength...

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Jan 30, 2012 | Article

Extreme High Temperature Thermoplastics - Gateway to the Future or the Same Old Trail?

By Edward M. Petrie

This SpecialChem White Paper describes the materials, applications, and market sectors that rely on ultra-high temperature resistant thermoplastics. These are melt processable plastics that have...

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Jan 9, 2012 | Article

Automotive Under-the-Hood Engineered Plastics Advances

By Donald Rosato

Engineered plastics play a major role in today's automotive vehicles. To meet the ambitious latest U.S. government mileage targets they've agreed to U.S. automakers are considering every avenue of...

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Dec 19, 2011 | Article

Advances in Thermoplastic Composite Aerospace Applications

By Donald Rosato

Composites are engineering materials made from two or more constituent materials, matrix and reinforcement, that remain separate and distinct on a macroscopic level while forming a single component...

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Nov 17, 2011 | Article

Report from the Fakuma Fair: Focus on High Performance Polymers

By Thibaud Deleger

The 21st edition of the German Fakuma Fair took place in Friedrichshafen, Germany, on October 18th - 22nd. Fakuma is now one of the most important European events for the plastics processing...

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Nov 1, 2011 | Article

Future Growth of Carbon Fibers Reinforced Plastics

The use of CFRP (Carbon Fibers Reinforced Plastics) are growing fast, thanks to the need for lighter and stiffer parts and structures. Despite of having higher price than, the other mostly used...

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Oct 24, 2011 | Article

Innovative Medical Plastic Materials and Applications

By Donald Rosato

Plastics now represent the largest group of materials used in medical technology. In the United States, demand for medical plastics will reach 5.3 B pounds in 2011, valued at US$7.0 B or 40%...

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Sep 26, 2011 | Article

Automotive Weight Saving Technologies Advancing Rapidly!

By Donald Rosato

Faced with growing concerns about the impact that automobiles have on our environment OEMs are using lighter weight materials in automotive components, parts consolidation, and innovative processes...

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