The grab bag of plastic and rubber materials featured in this new product slideshow includes polyamides, polycarbonates, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic compounds, fiber-reinforced polypropylene compounds, gasketing resins, silicone encapsulants, and a polyimide aerogel.
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Several of these new products are aimed at lighting applications or automotive uses. The rest are for a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, oil & gas, RF and radar, automotive, and building materials. Some are structural materials, such as for interior car parts and gear wheels, while others are encapsulants or insulators.
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Interiors are one of the biggest car applications for thermoplastic materials, such as instrument panels, door module carriers, overhead and center consoles, seating, load floors, pedal boxes, spare tire covers, and storage bins. Along with them goes the concern for making sure products used in the closed space are low-emission and meet automotive OEM requirements for reducing volatile organic compound (VOC) levels. RTP has expanded its Very Long Fiber reinforced Polypropylene (PP VLF) portfolio to include new low-emission products that meet those requirements, as well as reduce odor and fogging. These structural compounds provide exceptional strength, stiffness, and dimensional accuracy, with reinforcement levels of 20-50 weight percent. Tests from outside labs have shown them to meet or exceed OEM requirements in all three categories.
Ann R. Thryft is senior technical editor, materials & assembly, for Design News. She's been writing about manufacturing- and electronics-related technologies for 25 years, covering manufacturing materials & processes, alternative energy, machine vision, and all kinds of communications.