Multi-component and co-injection molding can help low piece part costs by eliminating consolidating multiple molding and assembly steps into a single process. Think of multi-component systems as manufacturing cell. "It's not just a molding machine," says Bob Hare, general manager of Ferromatik's North American Operation, about one of the company's most recent multi-component systems. "It is a means to produce fully assembled parts that are ready for the market as they come off the machine."
And there's more to multi-component than reducing manufacturing costs. Multi-component technology allows material combinations and designs that differentiate the products, allowing a higher price. "Typically, if you have a multi-component part, especially in the consumer industry, you can achieve a significantly higher margin than with any single-component part," notes Joachim Kragl, manager, Processing Technologies, Engel.
Here's a look at some of the most recent systems that help make multi-component molding possible.
As governments, associations, and NGOs around the world seek to protect consumers, national and regional standards are becoming mandatory, challenging manufacturers and making testing and certification necessary for any product developed and brought to market.
There is currently much discussion around the term "platform," which may be preceded by the adjectives "mobile," "wearable," "medical," "healthcare," etc. However, regardless of the platform being discussed, they usually have one key aspect in common: They tend to be wireless. So, why is this one aspect so fairly universal? The answer is convenience.
Everyone has a MEMS story. For most of us it’s probably the airbag that saved our lives or the life of a loved one. Perhaps it’s the tire pressure sensor that alerted us about deflation before we were stranded alone on a dark muddy road.
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