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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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Feb 2, 2009 | Article

Plastic Gears Meet Extreme Performance Challenges

Plastic gears continue to replace metal gears in automobiles, appliances and machinery due to less wear, lower costs and lighter weight. The trend is being aided by technological developments that...

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Jan 28, 2009 | Article

Low-Halogen, High-Flow PPS Available for Eco-Sensitive, Thin-Wall, High-Temperature E/E Devices

Even for a gadget geek like me, it's disconcerting to think about how broadly consumer electronics are proliferating and how quickly they are morphing. I find myself replacing my cell phone / PDA...

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Jan 9, 2009 | Article

Composite Bridge Deck speeds Replacement, extends Service Life, lowers Carbon Footprint

Repairing or replacing deteriorating bridges is a major expense and concern in many countries. With the rapid increase in motorized traffic over the past five decades, many bridges built in the...

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Dec 1, 2008 | Article

Innovative Metal Replacement Solutions

When you are looking to replace metal with plastic, it is often the case that you try to re-design your part to take account of the lower properties of the particular plastic chosen. What if your...

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Dec 1, 2008 | Article

Infrastructure Driven Metal Replacement

The US$10 Trillion global infrastructure market is creating unique opportunities for novel metal replacing plastics applications. The patented Sandwich Plate System (SPS), a new method of injecting...

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Oct 31, 2008 | Article

Modern Alchemy — Turning metal into Plastic

There have been many examples over the years where metal products have been successfully replaced by plastic. One only has to think of such items as inlet manifolds, BMX bike wheels or industrial...

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Sep 10, 2008 | Article

Expanded Nylon Engineering Plastic Metal Replacing Options

The basic and most important engineering plastic resin families include nylon (polyamide, PA), polycarbonate (PC), polybutylene terepthalate (PBT), polyphenylene ether (PPE), and acetal...

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May 1, 2008 | Article

Metal Replacing Metal/Plastic Emerging Process Technologies

ZIMK GmbH, a supplier to the semiconductor and electronics industry is using the latest 'ergonomic' technology from Engel for its metal-plastic composite parts. The company, which specializes in the...

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May 1, 2008 | Article

New Study Says Composites Make Sense for Hybrid Electric Vehicles

A newly published study by the Automotive Composites Alliance (ACA), a division of the American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), says that composites make better sense for...

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Feb 1, 2008 | Article

New Materials for Aircraft Innovations

If you put down a list of material properties for a plane, you would of course have lightness as the main criterion - it stands to reason that if you have to spend money on fuel to propel an...

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